The New Orleans Saints wiped away any bad karma they may have possessed inside Soldier Field from the years past and in the process moved to 5-0.

New Orleans continued to play complementary football as the defense set the tone early and the offense took advantage in a 26-18 win over the Chicago Bears (3-2). The Saints maintained their stranglehold on the NFC South race.

The Saints jumped out to an early lead as tight end Jimmy Graham found space up the seam and Brees hit him for a 29-yard reception. Then two plays later Brees fired a perfect pass to Graham down the Bears' sideline for a 38-yard reception. Pierre Thomas capped off the drive with a 2-yard TD reception with 6:02 left in the half to give the Saints a 13-0 lead.

Graham ended with 10 catches for 135 yards. It's the fourth consecutive game in which Graham compiled at least 100 receiving yards tying him with Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez for the most consecutive 100-yard games by a tight end in NFL history.

Thomas added a second touchdown reception near the end of the first half on a 25-yard screen play to push the Saints ahead 20-7 at the break.