Monday Night Football will feature the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots from Gillette Stadium. This is just the 15th regular-season meeting between the two teams, with the Pats leading the series 10-4.
Bears Hope To Break Losing Streak Against Patriots
New England hosts Chicago on Monday night as Patriots coach Bill Belichick tries to move ahead of former Bears coach George Halas for his 325th win to move into second on the all-time list. Chicago is coming off ten days of rest after their 12-7 loss to the Washington Commanders on Thursday, October 12. They scored zero points on their three trips inside the red zone, with the final drive ending just short of the goal line in the game’s final seconds.
Chicago has lost three straight as QB Justin Fields will make his 17th start at quarterback and try to get his fifth career win. His passer rating is 72.7 so far this season, with just four touchdown passes and five interceptions. He is also averaging just 7.6 yards per pass attempt. Khalil Herbert is the only positive aspect of the Bears’ offense in the first six games. He has 402 yards and averages 7.6 yards per carry to lead all NFL running backs.
Chicago has the 28th-ranked offense in the league and is last in passing offense. However, they’re second in the NFL in rushing yards. Their defense is right in the middle of the pack, ranked 16th, and is 29th in the league against the run and third against the pass.
The Bears have allowed 160 rushing yards per game and now must face Stevenson, who rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games. The opponent will undoubtedly exploit Chicago’s run defense, which will likely be the difference in the game.
Pats Look To Keep Momentum At Home
The Patriots have won two straight after starting the season 1-3. Backup QB Bailey Zappe played in his third straight game as they beat the Cleveland Browns 38-15. He was 24-34 for 309 yards and two touchdowns as they scored 28 second-half points. Starter Mac Jones missed his second straight game after going down with an ankle injury in their Week 4 loss to the Packers in Green Bay. He’s listed as questionable for tonight’s matchup.
After losing their second game on the road and Jones going down against the Packers, the Patriots shut out the Detroit Lions 29-0 after they came into the game with the league’s highest-scoring offense. Last week against the Browns they had four takeaways and now have 12 in the first six games. Rhamondre Stevenson has rushed for 447 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and Jakobi Meyers is the team’s leading receiver with 321 yards on 24 receptions.
New England is ranked 13th overall in the league on offense, ranking 18th in passing and 10th in rushing. Their defense is also ranked in the top half of the league at number 12 and is allowing the seventh least number of points on defense.
Zappe is the first rookie QB in history to have an efficiency rating of at least 100.0 while winning in his first two starts. The Bears’ pass defense is the best Zappe has yet to face and he must avoid mistakes if he hopes to be successful.
New England wins to keep its perfect record against the Bears at home.