SCORE FIRST- Like I said last week, if the Patriots win the coin toss they need to take the ball and go down the field for 7 points. Whether it is a quick strike or a drawn out moving of the chains, I don’t really care. Now, scoring a touchdown on their first possession will not be an easy task. In their first 5 games the Bears have only allowed one touchdown. The rest of the possessions have all resulted in opponents punting.
PROTECT BRADY- After 6 games Brady has only been sacked 8 times. In 5 games the Bears have tallied 18 sacks. Something has to give today. I’m obviously hoping that the protection of Brady as well as his experience with avoiding sacks wins out. Since just last week he had a boneheaded play where he held onto the ball for way too long, I don’t expect that to happen this week. If he does happen to get thrown like a rag doll and get a flag, don’t fall for the Brady always gets the call crap. He’s only earned 1 roughing the passer call while Trubisky has earned 5. Defensively, neither team has been deemed as being too rough with their opponents. The Patriots have yet to be called with roughing the passer this season and the Bears have only been called once.
Although the Bears defense has been pretty stout, the fact that Khalil Mack and Bryce Callahan are not at 100% should make things a bit easier for the Patriots offense.