Finally, Chicago Bears fans got what they were looking for in a dominant win over the New England Patriots. Heavily written off, the Bears stopped a red-hot Bailey Zappe along with a returning Mac Jones cold in their tracks.
The offense looked good all game, with QB Justin Fields accounting for 261 yards. The effective running back tandem consisting of David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert continued to be successful, as they combined for over 120 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The defense again performed well with some big plays and consistent stops. They stopped both the run and pass game, along with causing four turnovers. Fantastic all year, LB Roquan Smith and S Jaquan Brisker dominated this game, each coming away with an interception. Brisker’s interception came right after Patriots QB Mac Jones kicked Brisker below the belt, a revenge interception.
Overall Reaction: Bears beat Patriots 33-14
Justin Fields looked fantastic today. He made many great throws, including a highlight pump fake and touchdown throw to the running back Herbert. Not only was he good through the air, but he was his usual aggressive self on the ground, as he was the Bears leading rusher with 82 yards. Most impressively, Fields constantly evaded pressure from the defensive linemen, spinning and juking his way to open space. No exaggeration, Fields looked the best he’s ever looked in his young career.
The defense was absolutely menacing tonight, allowing 0 points in the second half. The defensive line tipped pass after pass at the line of scrimmage, one of them leading to a Roquan Smith interception. They contained the run game impressively, only allowing 70 total rushing yards in the whole game.
Kicker Cairo Santos was again phenomenal tonight, going 4/4 on his field goals and 3/3 on his extra points. Yet to miss a field goal this year *knock on wood*, Santos has quietly been one of the most efficient kickers in the league.