(Reuters) - The New Orleans Saints climbed into first place in the jumbled NFC South after feasting on the struggling Chicago Bears in a 31-15 win on Monday.
Drew Brees fired three touchdown passes and the Saints took advantage of the Bears to move atop their division despite their 6-8 record.
The NFC South has faced middling results this season, yet New Orleans, Carolina (5-8-1) and Atlanta (5-9) remain in a tight race for the division crown. The Saints entered the night having lost four of their last five, but they opened the game with 24 straight points and were never threatened.
Brees finished with 375 yards passing while Josh Hill was on the receiving end of two of his scoring throws.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked seven times and threw three interceptions as the Bears (5-9) dropped their third straight game.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Ian Ransom)