Payton, Saints hope to break Soldier Field losing streak

Payton, Saints hope to break Soldier Field losing streak
October 2, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

The undefeated Saints head to Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon coming off a 38-17 pounding of the Dolphins.

New Orleans has looked dominant in every facet of the game with Sean Payton back at the helm and the Bears having struggled in their road loss to the Lions.

So what's the reason oddsmakers set the betting line at a rare even?

Payton is 0-3 against his former club in the Windy City and the Saints haven't won in Chicago since 2000.

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The reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Drew Brees, is also winless in four games -- including an NFC Championship loss -- at Soldier Field. Brees has thrown six interceptions in those games and the Saints know it's one area they need to focus on in Sunday's showdown.

"We're playing a team this week that's very good at taking the ball away," Payton told Nola.com on Wednesday. "Historically probably in the last however many years you want to go back, they've taken the ball away better than anyone."

Mel Tucker's unit leads the NFL with 14 takeaways. The Saints have the fewest giveaways (5) in the NFC. So what will give on Sunday afternoon?