Winners of three straight, the New England Patriots are taking their act back on the road, this time all the way to Chicago for a Sunday meeting with Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears.
But despite a three-game win streak that's seen them outscore the opposition 119-71, the Patriots will head to Chicago still in search of their first road win (0-2), and against a Chicago squad that's a perfect 2-0 at Soldier Field this season.
This will be Brady and Co.'s first trip to Chicago since Dec. 2010. Overall, Brady has faced the Bears just four times in his NFL career, with the Patriots holding a perfect 4-0 record against Chicago over that span.
Here's how some of the 98.5 The Sports Hub staff sees this game going for the Patriots...
Matt Dolloff (Writer/Producer, 985TheSportsHub.com)
The Patriots are determined to have a "fast start" and prove they can be the same team on the road that they've been at Gillette Stadium. Not to mention, the offense is way better and deeper than it was four weeks ago in Detroit. Tom Brady will find a way to pick apart a talented-but-banged-up Bears' defense by spreading the ball around with quick throws to the open guys, while Mitchell Trubisky won't be able to figure out the Patriots defense the way Patrick Mahomes could. They may be at home, but Trubisky and Matt Nagy aren't ready for the challenge that the Patriots will present once the balls start flying. I'm going to stick with a similar prediction to last week and say the Pats win this comfortably, with some garbage time points for the Bears making it look like less of a blowout.
Patriots 33, Bears 16.
Ty Anderson (writer/columnist, 985TheSportsHub.com)
The Patriots are rolling offensively (Sony Michel and Josh Gordon have become actual contributors on offense), and the centerpiece of Chicago's strangely vaunted defense (Khalil Mack) is less than 100 percent. Oh, and they also got straight-up clowned by Brock Osweiler (Brock Osweiler!) last week. I'm not fooling myself into thinking this one is going to be close.
Patriots 37, Bears 23.
Christian Arcand (The Adam Jones Show)
The Pats cruise to an easy win over a team that has talent but is still figuring out what they are in the Bears. I don't expect it to come as easy on offense as it did against the Chiefs but it won't be that much more difficult. Would be nice to see the Pats defense show up this week - Chicago's offensive line has been very good and Trubisky is at least as good if not better than one of the QBs who beat you earlier this year. Should be a good test for New England.
Patriots 29, Bears 20.
Adam Jones (The Adam Jones Show)
Look, I think the Bears are good. I picked them as a Wild Card team in the preseason. But they could be without Khalil Mack. And despite the Patriots' struggles with Andy Reid's offense (of which Bears head coach Matt Nagy is a disciple), I just don't believe Chicago is in New England's class.
Patriots 31, Bears 27.
Matt McCarthy (98.5 The Sports Hub)
I don't foresee this being an easy test on the road; The Bears are improved on both sides of the ball, especially defensively with Khalil Mack. There's no way they can possibly be as bad as they were against the Dolphins last week. That said, the Patriots will be able to contain Mack enough, as they did last year against Oakland, and will put up plenty of points to win this one. Mitch Trubisky won't be able to keep up with a Tom Brady-led offense that's getting in to gear. The Pats will pull away in the fourth.
Patriots 33, Bears 20.
Mike 'Sarge' Riley (98.5 The Sports Hub)
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 4-1 against the Bears and he seems to have his way against young quarterbacks, and I think Mitch Trubisky could have his hands full against Trey Flowers and the pass rush. Chicago coming off a bad loss to the Dolphins while the Pats are coming off a hot win against KC and they ride that momentum into the Windy City.
Patriots 27, Bears 19.
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