The 5-0 Saints - off to their best start since the 2009 season - used a familiar formula to secure the win: tremendous play by Brees and tight end
Brees finished an amazing 29 of 35 for 288 yards and two TDs with 10 of those completions going to Graham, who finished with 135 yards, his fourth consecutive 100-yard game. That tied a mark for tight ends that Graham already shared with Tony Gonzalez. It was the first game this season that Graham didn't have a TD catch. The game also marked the end of Brees' streak of games with at least 300 yards passing at nine.
The Bears got off to a rough start when Matt Forte almost fumbled away the first pitch of the game. The Saints did force a turnover on the next possession as safety
After the early turnover Cutler settled down and kept the Bears (3-2) close but he only led his team into the end zone twice, scoring on a 3-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery, who led the Bears with 10 catches for 218 yards. Brandon Marshall caught a 4-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter as the Bears fought to get back in the game.
Cutler finished 24 of 33 for 358 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Matt Forte ran 12 times for 55 yards and caught four passes for 40 yards.
The Saints also did a tremendous job of keeping Bears return ace Devin Hester from making an impact.
The field was a little bit of an issue for the Saints, causing players to slip several times during the game. The Chicago area received drenching overnight rain and the grass field was covered by a tarp until two hours before kickoff. But the game was played in a comfortable 60 degrees with just a slight wind.
The Saints now head home to prepare for their next game, at New England on Oct. 13. The Patriots (4-1) lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.