Audibles: Saints at Bears

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

New Orleans Saints (7-6) at Chicago Bears (7-6), 8:15 p.m. ET Thursday

If you think Sunday's big performance by running back Pierre Thomas or the cold weather will prompt coach Sean Payton to cut back on the passing game against the Bears, you're probably wrong.

Payton's been riding quarterback Drew Brees all season and a forecast of 25 degrees (with a wind chill of 13) won't impact the quarterback, if his history means anything. Brees has been productive in his last two trips to Chicago and both games were played in cold weather.

Although the Saints lost both games, Brees put up good numbers. Brees threw for 354 yards in the 2006 NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field. He also threw for 320 yards in a Week 17 game there last season.

With the Bears ranked No. 28 in pass defense, Payton isn't likely to suddenly change his whole philosophy. Brees is the only reason the Saints are clinging to playoff hope.