The Saints uncharacteristically remained committed to run (despite the lackluster results), while implementing their normally explosive pass game. Drew Brees was an efficient 29-of-35 for 288 yards, with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The defense was in bend-but-don't-break mode as they gave up 358 yards through the air (10 receptions for 218 yards to receiver Alshon Jeffery). The Bears took a page out of the Saints playbook as they only ran 14 designed run plays.
Wins are hard to come by in the NFL. Getting one—on the road—against a good team makes it even more special.
The Saints have another tough test on the road against the 4-1 New England Patriots next week—one I'm sure they can ace as well.
Here are my takeaways from the game.