Week 7 of the 2022 season of the NFL will conclude with a rematch (in name only) of Super Bowl XX on “Monday Night Football” when the New England Patriots receive the Chicago Bears.
The bears (2-4) opened Week 6 with a frustrating loss to Washington on “Thursday Night Football.” It was a game that again exposed the flaws of the bears on both sides of the ball. As for the patriots (3-3), last week’s victory over the Cleveland Browns was the second in a row that brought them back to .500.
Time and Channel Patriots vs Bears LIVE
Start: Monday, October 24 at 5:15 p.m. PT / 8:15 p.m. ET in the United States. 7:15 p.m. in Mexico.
TV: ESPN in the United States and Latin America.
live streaming: fuboTV in the US. Star+ in Latin America.
three things to see
1.- The Bears offense is still looking for answers
The stats speak for themselves, but all I had to do was watch last Thursday’s 12-7 home loss to Washington to see how poorly Chicago is doing offensively. Yes, the bears they outscored the Commanders by a wide margin (391-214) and continue to run the ball effectively (237 yards on 37 carries), but much of the production was “empty” yards as the team went 0-for- – 3 in the red zone, turned the ball over twice and had only one touchdown.
After the game, the head coach Matt Eberflus he promised the team would make complete changes from top to bottom, and everything from the scheme to the personnel on both sides of the ball was on the table. While the defense certainly has its own problems, particularly when it comes to stopping the run, it’s not an exaggeration to say that these comments were primarily directed at the offense.
While Chicago owns the No. 2 rushing offense in the NFL (170.7 ypg), the passing game is on the opposite end of the spectrum, ranking last with 122.8 yards per game. In today’s NFL, shooting the ball is critical to success, which is why the Bears rank 28th in total offense (293.5 ypg) and 31st overall in scoring (15.5 ppg).
It’s not fair to put all the blame on the quarterback. Justin Fields, but he certainly hasn’t made the big leap in his second year as a starter that many were hoping for going into this season. With fields, the story has been more or less the same: he shows glimpses of talent and potential, but can’t seem to put it all together over the course of a game. He’s still looking for consistency from week to week.
Last week, he finished with a game-high 88 rushing yards but threw just 190 and completed 14 of 27 passes (54.5 percent). He had a touchdown but also threw a costly interception in the red zone (on a pass that was thrown directly at a defensive lineman’s helmet) and was sacked five times. The offensive line’s woes are well-documented (23 sacks allowed, tied for the most in the league), but some of it also falls to Fields, who has a tendency to hang on to the ball too long. He also seems like he’s torn between staying in the pocket or trying to use his legs to make something happen.
for the season, fields he has a 55 percent completion rate and is averaging 144.8 passing yards per game. He’s been effective as a running back (5.2 ypc), but that’s offset by sacks (23, tied for most in the league) and more turnovers (five interceptions, one fumble) than touchdowns (four passes, one fumble). by land). Those numbers just won’t cut it. Once again, not everything is the fault of fieldswhich is where the offensive coordinator comes into play luke getsy and the supporting cast. Getsy needs to build a game plan around what fields makes it better and stop trying to make it into something it’s not. fields he seems most comfortable when he turns left or right and tries to find a wide receiver or makes a decision to see what he can pick up with his legs. The longer he has to wait in the pocket and go through his progressions, that’s when things seem to go wrong, and pass protection certainly isn’t his offensive line’s strength right now.
While it’s not as exciting as throwing the ball around and taking shots down the field, at this point it seems like the best decision for Chicago is leaning on his running game. Once again, the bears they rank second in the league in rushing offense and New England is a defense in the middle of the pack (119.0 ypg, 16). That doesn’t mean that fields won’t have to make plays with his arm because teams coached by Bill Belichick they’re too good not to make adjustments, but Fields can’t be expected to beat the Patriots alone.
Y fields shouldn’t have to, not when he can pass the ball to Khalil Herbert or David Montgomery, who have combined for 648 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The duo were responsible for 162 of the team’s 237 rushing yards last week, including a 63-yard gain by Herbert.
2.- The Patriots get in shape
New England he has won his last two games and has done so in impressive fashion despite relying on a rookie third-row quarterback. In fact, the most important story with the patriots right now is yes mac jones should or shouldn’t he regain the starting job after Bailey Zappe played so well. For now, it looks like Jones will get the nod after missing two games with an ankle injury, but one thing about Belichick is that he always keeps his cards close to his chest.
However, it is also a question worth asking considering that New England is 2-0 with Zappe starting, outscoring Detroit and Cleveland by a combined 67-15. In those games, Zappe was 41 of 55 for 497 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. jones he has completed 66 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and five interceptions. No one on the team is going to call this a quarterback controversy, but if Jones gets the call and is in trouble, it will be interesting to see how much patience he shows. Belichick, as Zappe has shown that it is more than capable, albeit in a small sample size. .
Of course, the team is more important than the quarterback when it comes to players. patriots, and whoever is below center will have plenty of support. Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris lead the way on the ground, totaling 705 rushing yards with six touchdowns. Harris missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but has been able to practice fully, so he should be available for this game. And as already mentioned, Chicago’s defense has struggled to stop the run, allowing 163 yards per game. New England he has also produced only 11 sacks, so it can be difficult for the quarterback pressure from the bearswho has lagged behind in production (11 sacks, tied for 23rd), make a big impact.
As for the defense of patriots, has been in good form lately, very opportunistic and limiting the damage done on the scoreboard. They have 12 steals on the season and have forced at least two in five straight games. Also, although Chicago has a dangerous running game, the Pats they limited the number one running game (Cleveland) to 70 yards on 18 carries. After that performance, New England he is 12th in total defense (337.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring defense (18.8 ppg). Please note that the bears they have scored in just half of their games.
3.- Coaches chess match
Eberflus he is in his first year as head coach, which means he has a total of six games under his belt. Secondly, Belichick is in its 28th season (the 23rd with New England) and has 293 career wins in the regular season alone. In fact, Belichick he is currently tied with George Halas for second in career wins (including playoffs) with 324 total. It would be poetic Belichick break the tie with a win over the man known as “Papa Bear,” the franchise’s original owner and longtime head coach.
There are many reasons why Belichick is about to make more history and some of it just boils down to his vast experience while Eberflus he’s still figuring things out. Even though Getsy is the offensive coordinator, the responsibility stops with Eberflus and the plays have been questioned on more than one occasion this season. There have been some curious calls around the goal line, including last week against Washington when Chicago went 5-for-13 on third down and just 1-for-4 on fourth down. The situation (like the distance to go) and the execution certainly have to be taken into account, but Herbert was also stopped dead in his tracks in the fourth and goal from 1 (and was actually closer than that) in the second quarter when the game was finished. goalless. Would it have made more sense to just kick the field goal? In hindsight, 20/20, but the Bears would end up trailing by five and there’s something to be said for getting points, even if it’s only three, whenever you can, especially with a struggling offense.
The point is that every little thing I do Eberflus it’s going to be panned, even if it’s nothing more than typical armchair quarterback talk radio fodder. But this is also a results-driven league, and to this point the Eberflus team lacks that aspect. In any case, Eberflus will get a ringside seat on Sunday, matching his wits with the man many consider the GOAT in the profession. Chicago would certainly be something to celebrate, this is also an opportunity for Eberflus show that he doesn’t lose his mind and that the foundation he and rookie GM Ryan Poles are laying will pay off for this franchise, even if it’s going to take some time.
New England Patriots vs Chicago Bears LIVE
New England has all the momentum going into this one, with Chicago mired in a frustrating three-game losing streak. Even though they are only one game apart in terms of record, the gap between these two teams seems much wider. That doesn’t mean that the bears can’t win Monday night, it just seems like a tall order given the lingering problems of the offense, how well the patriots have been playing recently and of course the guy who is in charge. There may be some quarterback controversy brewing for New England, but it’s not like Chicago doesn’t have its own questions at the position to deal with.
Although bears they desperately need a win, this is not a good matchup for an offense that is still finding its way. The defense should be able to keep him around, but the same growing pains and frustrations will rear their ugly head at some point and result in another close but not quite loss for Chicago.
Prediction: Patriots 21, Bears 14