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NFL: Bridgewater leads Saints past Bears; Packers win; Vikings beat Lions

Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton (80) and Chicago Bears tight end Ben Braunecker (82) warm up before facing off against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton (80) and Chicago Bears tight end Ben Braunecker (82) warm up before facing off against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and New Orleans improved to 5-0 without injured starter Drew Brees with a 36-25 victory over Chicago at Solider Field.

The Saints (6-1) again showed why they still see themselves as Super Bowl contenders even though their star quarterback is out indefinitely because of a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Bridgewater completed 23 of 38 passes, Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 131 yards, and Latavius Murray ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Besides Brees, New Orleans had to get by without top running back Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) and top receiving tight end Jared Cook (ankle). Both players were ruled out Friday, but that didn’t stop the NFC South leaders from taking down the Monsters of the Midway.

The Bears (3-3) lost their second straight, with Mitchell Trubisky struggling after missing a game because of a shoulder injury.

Packers 42, Raiders 24: Aaron Rodgers had his best game by far under new Packers coach Matt LaFleur, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns and running for another as Green Bay beat the Oakland Raiders in Green Bay.

Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes to eight different targets and finished with the first perfect passer rating of his career, leading LaFleur’s offense to a season high in points.

Even with top target Davante Adams sidelined for the third straight game with turf toe, Rodgers threw for his most touchdowns in a game since Sept. 28, 2015, against the Chiefs.

Derek Carr finished 22 for 28 for 293 yards, two touchdowns and two costly turnovers for the Raiders (3-3), who lost their eighth straight against Green Bay, going back to 1990. The Packers (6-1) have scored 30-plus points in each of their last five games against the Raiders.

Green Bay took the lead for good on a 2-yard touchdown from Rodgers to Jamal Williams with 3:27 to go in the first half. The score capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive that took up 8:06 – the Packers’ longest drive of the season – and made it 14-10.

Vikings 42, Lions 30: Kirk Cousins matched a career high with four touchdown passes, leading surging Minnesota over slumping Detroit at Ford Field.

The Vikings (5-2) have won three consecutive games in part because their quarterback is making plays to complement one of the NFL’s top defenses.

Matthew Stafford also threw four touchdown passes, all to Marvin Jones, and became the fastest to reach 40,000 yards passing in NFL history. And Jones became the first Lions player in the Super Bowl era with four receiving TDs in a game.

The Lions (2-3-1) dropped their third straight game after a 2-0-1 start and they probably can’t complain too much about officiating in their latest setback.

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