Brees leads Saints past Bears, 20-12, for 5th straight win

Drew Brees completed 23 of 28 passes for 299 yards against a Bears defense that ranked sixth against the pass, and the New Orleans Saints beat Chicago 20-12 Sunday for their fifth straight win.

Chicago had a TD overturned on video review after Zach Miller’s 25-yard catch, during which the tight end’s left leg bent unnaturally as he landed. As Miller was carted off the field with an apparently serious knee injury, officials ruled that replayed showed the ground caused the ball to loosen in Miller’s grasp as his upper body crashed to the turf — after his knee had given out.

For the Bears, in addition to Miller’s knee injury, Chicago right guard Kyle Long left the game with a hand injury. Cornerback Prince Amukamara had an apparent lower body injury in the second quarter but was able to walk to the sideline on his own and returned.

The fun mock trade that just about everybody has done is sending Eli Manning from the Giants to the Jaguars because of the convenient Tom Coughlin factor in Jacksonville. But wouldn’t the Jaguars want a veteran upgrade from Blake Bortles and not the same type of passer at this point? Sorry, Eli.

I’m a great teammate. I don’t have beef with nobody in here, Bryant said. [I] love everybody in here. I work hard with everybody. I feel bad about the distractions but at the same time what’s done is done. Can’t take it back. All I can do is move on from it.

Instead, the hot-and-cold Raiders find themselves 3-5 at the midway point, a club with issues on both sides of the ball — problems that festered again in Sunday’s 34-14 collapse to the frisky Bills.

Despite the sketchy results, quarterback Derek Carr refuses to see the Raiders as a fading entity, promising after the loss to get Oakland back on track.blues-020

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