Saints move back atop the NFC South by manhandling the Bears 31-15 _lowres

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries the ball against Chicago Bears outside linebacker Jon Bostic (57) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Finally, the Saints ran into an NFL franchise in more disarray.
And finally, the Saints took control of their playoff hopes.
Drew Bress threw two of his three touchdown passes to reserve tight end Josh Hill and on defense, the Saints harassed Jay Cutler, forcing three interceptions en route to a 31-15 victory Monday night at Solider Field.
With the win, the Saints (6-8) moved into first place in the underachieving NFC South heading into Sunday's showdown against Atlanta (5-9) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
With 6:25 left in the third quarter, the Saints led 21-0 as Brees connected with Hill for the second time. Earlier, Brees added a nine-yard score to Marques Colston, who did not start, part of a lineup shakeup for the Saints.
Cutler threw two touchdowns passes and three interceptions. Saints free safety Pierre Warren intercepted Cutler twice. Robinson intercepted Cutler early, part of Chicago's sluggish offensive start. The Bears did not score until the Saints led 24-0 in the third.