By Ty Anderson,

In Chicago for the first time since 2010, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are getting a game from the hometown Bears.

Despite the Patriots making a game-opening touchdown drive look effortless, Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears were able to rebound and post 17 points in the first half, with both touchdowns coming on the ground as the Chicago air attack sputtered.

Trubisky finished the first half with 92 passing yards and completions on just eight of his 20 passing attempts.

Brady, meanwhile, posted 131 yards and two touchdowns behind a 14-of-20 start, and with touchdown passes to both Julian Edelman and James White. Kick return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson also contributed with a kick return touchdown.

Here are three thoughts from the opening 30 minutes of play…

Patriots making it look easy on offense

For the fourth week in a row, the Patriots are making it look easy on offense. Their opening drive was a thing of magic, created almost entirely with their one-two running back combination of James White and Sony Michel, and Brady has been able to utilize his receiving weapons (namely Josh Gordon and Edelman) even with the absence of tight end Rob Gronkowski.

In fact, Josh Allen’s punt in the first quarter was their only punt of the half, and was actually Allen’s first punt since the fourth quarter of New England’s Week 5 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Brady and the Patriots finished the half with 21 points, too, meaning that the Patriots have put up at least 21 first-half points in four straight games for the first time since the 2012 season.

Sony Michel injury looks like a scary one

Bad news came for the Patriots in the second quarter, as rookie running back Sony Michel, whose contributions have given the New England attack a completely new complexion, appeared to suffer a brutal-looking leg injury on this tackle and fumble.

Unable to put much of any pressure on what appeared to be his left knee, Michel went to the medical tent, and was almost immediately taken back to the Patriot locker room on a cart, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed. Not good. Not good at all.

Michel entered with 316 rushing yards on 67 carries over his last three games (4.72 yards per carry and 105.3 yards per game), all victories for the Patriots. Prior to his injury, Michel totaled 22 yards on four carries and caught one pass for 13 yards.

He’s officially considered ‘questionable’ to return to today’s game.

Turnover game, breaks favoring Bears out of gate

The Bears turned a Cordarrelle Patterson fumble on a kick return into seven points by way of a Mitchell Trubisky rush into the endzone, and then turned Michel’s second-quarter fumble into a Jordan Howard touchdown run. Now, it’s worth mentioning that the Patriots had a chance to completely avoid the Howard touchdown with a forced turnover of their own, but linebacker Elandon Roberts bobbled and drop the would-be interception in the endzone. Can’t happen. Across the board, really.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 98.5 The Sports Hub. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.