It ain’t easy but…
Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?
Three Stats That Matter
- Patriots are only allowing opposing quarterbacks a passer rating of 81.1. (9th) Justin Fields has a rating of 72.7. (32nd)
- Bears are allowing 163 yards per game on the ground. (29th) Patriots average 131.3 per game. (10th)
- In 13 punt return attempts this season, the Patriots rank 7th, averaging 10.9 yards per return. They only have two fair catches. The Bears have 8 return attempts, rank 30th at 4.4 yards per return, and have two game-costing fumbles.
You have to do serious digging to find an advantage for the Bears tonight.
Video of the Week
Four Favorite Things About New England (Eating & Drinking Category)
(4) Crow’s Nest, Gloucester MA
Ever see The Perfect Storm? Well, this is the bar. It’s real and it’s there. And if you’re an adventurous sort, you can sleep upstairs.
(3) The Black Duck Cafe, Westport CT
Hey, how many bars are actually slowly falling into the water? This one is!
(2) Pizza in New Haven.
(1) The Quint Mural on Martha’s Vineyard.
Five Things I Think Will Happen
- The New England defense is coming off back-to-back brilliant performances, shutting out the high-scoring Lions and shutting down the vaunted Browns rushing attack. They are allowing 18.8 points per game, and they match up well against the Bears. (Who doesn’t?) Look for Chicago to be on the low side of that number.
- Rhamondre Stevenson has been trending towards a breakout performance. He’ll get it tonight with 22 carries, 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- Bill Belichick knows the only way the Bears win this game is if (a) his offense turns it over or (b) Justin Fields does damage with his legs. He’ll have Matt Patricia call a conservative game to prevent the former and coach discipline all week to address the latter. Fields won’t get more than 25 yards on the ground.
- Matthew Judon has six sacks through six weeks. After tonight, he’ll lead the league in that category.
- Kyler Gordon will get the first interception of his career, a pick six, capping off a solid night for the defense overall. But it just won’t be enough to overcome the offensive woes. (It might be enough to start a QB controversy in New England.)
New England Patriots 29, Chicago Bears 13