The Chicago Bears (2-4, 0-3 Away) will be out to snap their losing run when they are on the road to take on the New England Patriots (3-3, 1-1 Home) at Gillette Stadium on Monday. The Patriots are eight-point favorites, and the total is 40. Chicago is coming off a 12-7 loss against the Washington Commanders at Soldier Field last Thursday, their third consecutive defeat.
Justin Fields threw for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran 12 times for 88 yards. Dante Pettis caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. New England beat the Cleveland Browns 38-15 at FirstEnergy Stadium last Sunday. Bailey Zappe was 24 of 34 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Rhamondre Stevenson carried 19 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns. DeVante Parker had four receptions for 64 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since October 2018, a 38-31 win for the Patriots.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Bears are averaging 15.5 points per game for the season, 31st in the NFL, and they are facing a Patriots defense that has surrendered 18.8 PPG (7th). Meanwhile, New England has scored 23.5 points a game this season, 12th in the league, and Chicago is allowing 19.7 PPG (11th).
The Bears rank as one of the league’s top teams in rushing yards per game (170.7, 2nd), while they are 32nd in passing yards (144.8). The Patriots are 16th in passing yards allowed per game (233.7) and 17th against the run (119.0).
New England is 20th in the league in passing yards per game (236.5) and 10th in rushing (131.3). Chicago’s defense has been stout through the air, as the Bears are 2nd in the league in passing yards allowed per game (190.5).
Against the run, the Bears are 29th (163.0).Chicago is averaging an NFL-worst 2.5 red zone trips a game this season, finding the end zone 47% of the time (28th). New England ranks as one of the weakest red zone threats in the league, scoring a touchdown on just 45% (29th) of the team’s possessions inside the 20.
Through six games, Justin Fields has thrown for four touchdowns (5 INT) and 144.8 yards per game to lead Chicago in passing. In three away games this season, he has one TD (1 INT) and an average of 150.7 yards passing.
Khalil Herbert leads the team in rushing with an average of 67.0 yards a game over six games. He has three touchdowns on the ground. Darnell Mooney is the Bears’ leading receiver with 40.2 yards a game.
Mac Jones has two passing touchdowns (5 INT) with 262.0 yards per game through three games to lead New England. In one previous home game this season, he threw for 321 yards with no TDs and three interceptions. Rhamondre Stevenson has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 74.7 yards a game through six games. He has three touchdowns.
Jakobi Meyers has been the primary target in the Patriots’ passing game. He has one touchdown and an 80.2 yard per game average through four appearances. Jakobi Meyers is averaging 7.8 targets per game (6.0 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
Chicago is looking to win away from home for the first time this season in three games.
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