NFL Game Of The Week: Patriots V Bears – Stats, Odds, Insights & Predictions
October 18, 2018
This week’s game will be the Patriots first visit to Chicago since a 36-7 win at Soldier Field on Dec. 12, 2010. The two teams last met when the Patriots hosted Chicago in a 51-23 win at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 26, 2014.
The Patriots have an NFL-best record of 59-18 (.766) in the month of October since 2000 and are 3-0 in October so far this season.
Last Sunday night, the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 43-40, to improve to 4-2. It was the second time in team history the Patriots played a game that both teams scored 40 or more points. The first occurrence was a 43-43 tie vs. Oakland on Oct. 16, 1964.
Tom Brady has the most regular and postseason wins combined in NFL history. Brady enters the Week 7 matchup with Chicago with 200 regular-season and 27 postseason victories in his career.
The Chicago Bears were one of the league’s early-season surprises. They were 3-1 and appeared to have a great chance to move to 4-1 when they visited the Ryan Tannehill-less Miami Dolphins following their bye week. However, a disappointing loss there with a loss in front of home fans this week to the New England Patriots would render them a mediocre 3-3.
Their defence really let them down last week. They gave up 380 passing yards to Brock Osweiler, 161 rushing yards to a team that had been averaging just 96 per game, and couldn’t hold a 21-10 third-quarter lead.
Mitch Trubisky appeared to have another strong game on paper, completing 22-31 for 316 yards, three touchdowns and a pick, the numbers are misleading. The interception couldn’t have come at a worse time as it came on the Dolphins 13-yard line when the Bears were up 21-13 in the fourth quarter. Points at that time would’ve closed out the match.
This week’s game will mark the 14th meeting overall between the Patriots and Bears (including Super Bowl XX), and the first regular-season meeting since a 51-23 New England victory on Oct. 26, 2014, at Gillette Stadium.
|2018 Regular Season||New England||Chicago|
|Total Yards Gained||2,287||1,831|
|Total Ofense (Rank)||381.2 (14)||366.2 (19)|
|Rush Offense||123.0 (11)||130.0 (8)|
|Pass Offense||258.2 (19)||236.2 (22)|
|Points Per Game||29.3 (4)||27.8 (10)|
|Total Yards Allowed||2,276||1,719|
|Total Defense (Rank)||379.3 (20)||343.8 (10)|
|Rush Defense||110.7 (18)||83.4 (4)|
|Pass Defense||268.7 (21)||260.4 (16)|
|Points Allowed/Game||24.7 (18T)||19.2 (4)|
|Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost||8/50||12/80|
|Total Touchdowns Scored||20||16|
|Turnover Diferential||+2 (9T)||+6 (3)|
New England Patriots -3.0 @ $1.90
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