Tom Brady led the Patriots to yet another fourth-quarter comeback Sunday night as they handed the undefeated Chiefs their first loss of the season. That was the Pats third primetime game in the last 4 weeks, and they are now back in the 1 p.m. slot as they face the Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Tom Brady has a career record of 14-3 against the NFC North in his career, according to pro-football-reference.com. He has also never lost to “Da Bears.” This week will be a little more challenging though with Khalil Mack leading the charge on defense, and Mitchell Trubisky has shown signs of hope for Chicago.
The Bears have the fourth best rushing defense in the league right now allowing 83.4 yards per game. Sony Michele had yet another 100yd effort Sunday rushing for 106yd on 24 carries and found the end zone twice. The combination of Michele, James White, and other players like Cordarrelle Patterson and Julian Edelman allowed the Patriots to have 38 rushing attempts. This gave The GOAT a little break as he only attempted 35 passes, which as of late is low for him. If the Bears continue their top five run defense this week, look for Brady to get back to around 50 passing attempts again.
The Pats have jumped all the way up to eighth in the league with a third-down conversion rate of 43.84%. And over the last 3 weeks, they have converted 57.89% of third downs the last three weeks. Adding Jules and Josh Gordon to the mix has really opened things up in the passing game as teams cannot triple-cover Gronk, and Hogan isn’t matched up against a teams #1 corner.
Kickoff is this Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS and 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Johnny Maffei is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage Sports Media and covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @johnnyBSBL4