Welcome to Week Seven of the 2018 NFL Regular season! The Patriots travel to Chicago today to take on Khalil Mack and the much-improved Chicago Bears. The Patriots are rolling offensively, but they are without All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski this week, so everyone will have to step up for the offense to get it going like they did against the Chiefs last week. Mitchell Trubisky is showing terrific growth for the Bears, so the Patriots secondary will have their hands full, and it will also important to get a pass rush. We  will have the inactive reports posted for you as soon as the teams release them. Kickoff is in 90 minutes, so wrap up what you need to get done, get your fantasy lineups set, and get ready for Patriots football.

Inactives

Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, Geneo Grissom, John Simon, Marcus Cannon, Jake Hollister, Brian Schwenke, Keionta Davis

FIRST QUARTER

15:00- The Patriots offense will start the day with the ball. Let’s see how they deal with Mack.

14:50- 18-yard run by Michel on 1st down; 1st & 10…

14:15- Michel for 13 more, this time on a screen pass. 1st & 10…

13:45- White takes it for 15 more on the screen pass, 1st & 10 once again…

13:00- White runs for seven on the rocket sweep; 2nd & 3…

12:24- Michel runs for six more; another 1st down for New England…

11:45- Nice play design out of the open formation leads to a wide open Edelman on the slant; gain of nine, 2nd & 1…

11:05- Brady pressured & forced to throw it away; he’s lucky he didn’t get killed. 3rd & 1…

11:00- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Edelman takes the tunnel screen and refuse to go down, giving the Patriots their first score of the day. Chris Hogan is down getting looked at. Patriots 7, Bears 0

10:56- Great kick coverage by New England, Bears take over at their own 15.

10:51- Howard runs for two; 2nd & 8…

10:16- Cohen runs for two on the weak toss; 3rd & 6…Tiimeout, Patriots.

9:44- Trubisky escapes for a 14-yard gain; that is going to be a problem today. 1st & 10…

8:58- Trubisky chucks one deep but to no avail, incomplete; 2nd & 10…

8:50- Jones was ALL OVER Trubisky, but he escaped only to throw it incomplete. 3rd & 10…

8:46- Trey Flowers knocks the pass down immediately, and the Patriots allow just one first down before forcing the Bears to punt. New England takes over a their own 24.

8:30- Incomplete on the low pass to Edelman; 2nd & 10…

8:24- Edelman picks up eight on the catch; 3rd & 2…

7:46- Brady tried to force it to Edelman, and it’s broken up. The Patriots will punt, and the Bears take over at their own 36.

7:29- Van Noy makes the stop after Cohen in the backfield, stretching out the play; 2nd & 13…

6:49- Trubisky runs for 11 on the play; 3rd & 2…

5:41- Trubisky runs for three more, 1st & 10…

5:21- Burton picks up 17 through the air; 1st & 10…

4:41- Trubisky takes a shot to the end zone, but he overthrew his target; 2nd & 10…

4:32- Cohen runs for three; 3rd & 7…

3:55- Pass is dropped, and the Patriots get a little lucky. Parkey came in and connected on a 46-yard field goal to cut the Patriots lead to four. Patriots 7, Bears 3

3:44- Patterson fumbles the kickoff return and the Bears recover at the Patriots 24. You just can’t have turnovers like that; 1st & 10, Bears…

3:27- Six-yard run by Howard; 2nd & 4…

3:01- Howard rips through for five more on this winded Patriots defense; 1st & 10…

2:26- Cohen picks up five more, Chung makes the tackle; 2nd & 5…

1:44- Loss of two on the catch by Burton; 3rd & 7…

:59- Touchdown, Bears. Mitch Trubisky runs for the touchdown- untouched. Blame that on Patterson, but the defense went to sleep on that play. Bears 10, Patriots 7

:54- Patterson takes it out when he should have downed it, and the Patriots will now start at their own 15. Bad football all around.

:45- No gain by Michel; 2nd & 10…

:09- Gordon picks up 20 on the catch, and that is the end of the first quarter. Bears 10, Patriots 7

SECOND QUARTER

15:00- Fumble, Patriots. Michel hurt his knee pretty badly on the play; he may be done for awhile. After a great start, this has gotten very ugly, very quickly. They’re reviewing the fumble, but there is nothing to review, that ball was out.

14:46- Howard runs for six, 2nd & 4…

14:04- Wise makes the sack for the Patriots, loss of four on the play; 3rd & 8…

13:20- Cohen runs for three, but Gilmore comes up and makes a nice play. The Bears line up and go for it…timeout, Patriots.

12:43- Burton was wide open, and he picks up 17 on the play; 1st & 10…

12:14- Incomplete pass into the end zone; 2nd & 10…

12:09- Incomplete pass to Cohen, but the Patriots are called for holding. 1st & Goal from the Patriots eight…

12:03- Trubisky was pressured and was forced to throw it away; 2nd & Goal…

11:57- Howard runs for three more; 3rd & Goal…

11:14- Jackson called for illegal hands to the face; bogus call, he didn’t actually touch his mask. 1st & Goal…

11:15- Roberts drops the easy pick. Ugggggh. 2nd & Goal…

11:05- Touchdown, Bears. Howard rips through for the score, and the Bears score off another Patriots turnover. New England better wake up because this could get ugly. Bears 17, Patriots 7

10:55- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! The stupid announcer just stole what I was going to type. Damn it. Patterson returns the kickoff for a touchdown! Big play, they needed that badly. Bears 17, Patriots 14

10:43- Trubisky throws it away to avoid the sack; 2nd & 10…

10:41- False start on everyone but the center, who is probably the one guy who was wrong. 2nd & 15…

10:38- Four-yard gain on the throw; 3rd & 11…

9:57- Incomplete pass, and the Patriots force the punt. The Patriots pass rush is starting to make a difference. The New England offense takes over at their own 35.

9:40- Low throw to Gordon on the fake reverse; they need to hit that, he was open. 2nd & 10…

9:33- White picks up six on the catch; 3rd & 4…

8:59- Seven yard gain on the catch by White; 1st & 10…

8:05- Hogan gains three on the catch; 3rd & 7 after the penalty on the last down…

7:21- Brady runs for 5.5 of the 7 yards he needed; 4th & a long 1….

6:37- Gordon with an amazing catch for 21 yards while his helmet got knocked off; wow! 1st & 10…

5:54- Barner runs for five; I like this kid. 2nd & 5…

5:19- Edelman with the catch for 10; 1st & Goal from the six…

4:45- Incomplete pass to Gordon; 2nd & Goal…

4:40- Some kind of trick play to make the defense confused doesn’t work; 3rd & Goal…

3:59- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! James White with the EASY touchdown catch in the flat, and the Patriots retake the lead. The Bears cannot cover James White or any other new England running back in the passing game. Patriots 21, Bears 17

3:52- Howard runs for four; 2nd & 6…

3:14- Incomplete pass to Sims; he just dropped it. 3rd & 6…

3:05- Trubisky runs for seven more yards, picking up the 1st down in the process; 1st & 10…

2:30- Howard runs for no gain; 2nd & 10…Timeout, Bears.

1:54- Seven yard gain through the air; 3rd & 3…

1:48- Trubisky took a shot to Cohen on the fade route, but the ball was thrown out of bounds. The Bears will punt…Edelman fumbled it, but somehow he was able to get it back. Ball control issues in the 1st half; not good.

1:34- Barner runs for six; 2nd & 4…

1:02- Barner for six more; 1st & 10…

:31- Dorsett picks up nine & gets out of bounds; 1st & 10 from their own 25…

:27- Incomplete pass, but the clock stops. They still have one timeout remaining too, so they could pick up enough for a field goal attempt.

:22- Nope, no field goal attempt; Edelman gets stuffed on the 3rd down screen, forcing a punt.

:08- Burton picks up 17, and the Bears may pick up some points here…

:01- Trubisky throws for a five yard gain, and the Bears will take a shot at the end zone.

:00- Foolish play; just a yardage pickup, and that will be the end of the 1st half, a half that was very up-and-down for New England. The Patriots looked like they were in trouble, but they made up for their mistakes and took back the lead before halftime.

New England Patriots 21, Chicago Bears 17

HALFTIME

THIRD QUARTER

15:00- New England is called for the facemask, and now the Bears will start at their own 41.

13:23- Trubisky runs for 40 yards, and the Bears are at the Patriots one…

13:01- Flag thrown on the Bears for illegal formation, and a touchdown comes off the board. 1st & Goal from the 6…

12:57- Gilmore read it perfect, but he couldn’t make the interception; 2nd & Goal…

12:42- Weird option type play is cut down for no gain; 3rd & Goal…

12:04- Touchdown, Bears. Cohen makes the play for the score, and the Bears take the lead once again. Bears 24, Patriots 21

11:44- Hogan picks up 20, and then 15 more are tacked on for the facemask. 1st & 10…

11:03- Incomplete pass to Edelman; 2nd & 10…

10:58- Hogan picks up eight more; 3rd & 2…

10:18- White picks up seven more on the inside route; 1st & 10 from the Bears 16…

9:39- Barner runs for an easy seven; 2nd & 3…

9:05- Two for Barner; 3rd & 1…

8:24- Brady gets sacked, and they will go for the field goal.

7:48- Field Goal, Patriots! Gostkowski ties it from 29 yards out; Patriots 24, Bears 24

6:57- DPI on Jackson, who is having a rough day. 1st & 10…

6:10- The Bears take a shot downfield, but it is incomplete. 3rd & 8…

6:05- Trubisky throws away the screen pass, and Edelman is back to return the punt.

5:54- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! BLOCKED PUNT RETURN! Kyle Van Noy takes it back for the score, and the Patriots take the lead again. Special teams making up for some mistakes today. Patriots 31, Bears 24

5:08- Cohen gains eight on the catch, 2nd & 2…

4:29- Howard makes the catch for a gain of six; 1st & 10…

3:51- Rowe breaks up the pass; 2nd & 10…

3:47- Incomplete pass by Trubisky; 3rd & 10…

3:34- Trubisky forces a throw, and Jackson picks it off; what a great play. 1st & 10, Patriots…

3:30- White picks up five on the catch; 2nd & 5…

2:49- Hogan picks up five more; 1st & 10…

2:09- Incomplete pass to White; 2nd & 10…

2:06- White runs for seven; 3rd & 3…

1:30- Incomplete pass to Gordon; the pass was to far inside for an out-route, and the Patriots are forced to punt. The ball went out of bounds at the 23, and tack on 10 for a hold. 1st & 10 from the 13 for the Bears…

1:24- False start, back them up five more; 1st & 15 from the eight…

1:19- Burton gains six, 2nd & 4…

:43- Incomplete pass to Burton, 3rd & 4…

:38- Trubisky hits Miller with a laser for a 1st down; 1st & 10 from their own 41…

:00- On the final play of the quarter, Cohen makes a catch for no gain. Patriots 31, Bears 24

FOURTH QUARTER

10:53- TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES (I NEED A NEW DEVICE)!! WE’RE BACK UP & RUNNING!

10:12- Brady to Gordon for 54 yards! !st & Goal…

9:11- Barner stuffed for no gain; 2nd & Goal…

8:40- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Shovel pass to White and the Patriots make it a two-touchdown lead. Patriots 38, Bears 24

8:31- Incomplete pass to Cohen; 2nd & 10…

8:26- Incomplete pass; 3rd & 10…

8:21- SACKED! New England will get the ball back again, and another score here would put this game away.

7:40- Barner runs for four; 2nd & 6…

7:07- Jet sweep to Patterson for four yards; 3rd & 2…

6:24- Interception, Bears. Weird play; Develin had the catch on a bad ball, but he bobbled it for the pick.

6:19- Trubisky overthrows…everything. 2nd & 10…

6:12- Gain of 10 for the Bears; 1st & 10…

5:11- Burton picks up 20, Bears are driving…

4:44- Gain of 11 for White; 1st & 10…

4:13- Touchdown, Bears. Burton makes the catch, and the bears cut this lead to one touchdown. Wow. Patriots 38, Bears 31

4:00- White gains five on the run; 2nd & 5…

3:21- Gain of four on the run; 2nd & 1…

2:48- White gains two; 1st & 10…

2:40-White picks up seven on the toss sweep; 2nd & 3…

2:32- White runs for three more; 1st & 10, and the Bears call another timeout.

2:24- Two yard pickup, and we will wind down to the two minute warning. The Patriots win the game with a first down.

1:02- Patriots facing 4th down after gaining just four yards on 1st through 3rd down…

:09- Trubisky clocks it. Final play coming up.

:05- Five yard pickup, and the Bears get one more play…

:02- A few more yards, and the Hail mary is NOW coming up…

:00- Wow!! The ball was caught at the one, but they couldn’t get in, and that ends the game. That is as close as it gets. The Patriots escape with the win.

FINAL SCORE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 38, CHICAGO BEARS 31

Thanks again for joining us for this thriller, and be sure to join us next Monday when the patriots face the Bills. have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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