Chicago was a fashionable preseason sleeper pick to compete for a playoff position. When they traded for Khalil Mack just before opening day, their odds went up dramatically. The Bears’ defense is a big reason they sit atop the division right now.
But they laid an egg coming out of their bye week. Miami managed to run up 31 points on the vaunted Chicago defense with backup quarterback Brock Osweiler behind center.
Osweiler’s career game should serve as a wake-up call to the Bears that they can’t let their guard down if they are going to steal a division title.
It might be exactly what they need to rile them up for the Patriots’ powerful offense.
NFL Week 7 Game Preview: Patriots (4-2) at Bears (3-2)
Tom Brady, backed by the running of Sony Michel, has the New England offense back in top form. The team has worked through their usual early-season malaise and head into Week 7 with their customary swagger and in first-place in the AFC East.
Knocking off the previously unbeaten Chiefs in primetime put the league on notice that hotshot young quarterbacks and upstart offensive coordinators still have to go through the perennial Super Bowl contenders at some point.
With Bill Belichick calling the shots, the Patriots’ defense has been solid, if unspectacular. That might come into play this week as the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky comes off a second consecutive 300-yard, multiple-touchdown performance of his own.
Injuries and moves:
New England lists three defensive linemen as questionable after last week’s victory over the Chiefs. They expect all to be available come Sunday. Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon is in the concussion protocol and listed as questionable, too.
Chicago dodged a bullet when Khalil Mack had his lower leg rolled up on during the Dolphins’ game. Mack returned and finished the game after some treatment but is being called “day-to-day” as the team limits his practice time.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara is also day-to-day after tweaking his hamstring last week.
This game features the old master and defensive guru Bill Belichick against another alleged rookie genius in Matt Nagy. Nagy recently turned up the velocity and effectiveness of his offense, moving toward smaller and faster players and a more vertical attack.
Chicago fans are genuinely excited about their team and their new coach.
New England fans shrugged off the team’s slow start as par for the course lately. But they had to be ecstatic to see Brady and the offense outgun the Chiefs’ offense last week. Belichick is his withdrawn, cantankerous self… which is a good sign for Patriots’ fans.
How to watch the Bears-Patriots game
CBS Sports will broadcast this game across much of the nation in the early time slot. If you don’t have a local team playing at the same time, you will probably receive this contest.
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Who will win the Bears-Patriots game?
Once the Patriots kick into high gear, it is difficult to see any defense slowing them down. But if it is going to happen, it is going to be because a team hits Brady early and often.
No team is set up to do that better than the Bears. With Matt Nagy’s offense coming together, too, this will be a fun game to watch and the upset of the week.
Final score: Bears 22, Patriots 19