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By Peter Jurich
Chicago Bears blueprint to victory against the New England Patriots
Despite Bill Belichick’s public scouting report on the Bears, the run game will be essential to beating the Patriots. The Bears rank second in the NFL in rush yards per game, a remarkable stat when adding that the Bears have rarely played with a lead down the stretch of any of their games. With the Bears being 30th in the NFL in points per game, running the ball with the one-two punch of David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert and controlling the clock will be essential to upsetting the Patriots at home.
Additionally, the Bears will need to pressure Mac Jones in his return. Jones is averaging 262 pass yards per game through three outings, and it is essential that the Bears’ defense prevents him from surpassing this number. Jones has a 2-5 touchdown to interception ratio this season, and getting takeaways defensively could catapult this Bears team into a win on Monday night.
Since becoming the Patriots’ head coach before the 2000 season, Bill Belichick is 5-0 against the Bears, including a 38-31 win in Chicago during Tom Brady’s final season in New England. Monday will be the first time Belichick faces the Bears without Brady under center. The Matt Eberflus-led Chicago Bears may present Belichick a different challenge with Justin Fields behind center, but either way, the Bears will need to play disciplined, controlled football to have a shot in Gillette Stadium.