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Brady, Gronk, and LaFell, Oh My!

Tom Brady (above) had a strong game for the second week in a row as the Patriots cruised to a big win over the Bears. (Photo: Jeffrey Beall, Wikipedia CC)

Tom Brady (above) had a strong game for the second week in a row as the Patriots cruised to a big win over the Bears.
(Photo: Jeffrey Beall, Wikipedia CC)

The New England Patriots continued their hot streak on Sunday as they easily defeated the Chicago Bears 51-23 at Gillette Stadium. This improves the Patriots to 6-2 while dropping the Bears to 3-5 on the season. Gillette Stadium continues to be the Pats’ domain, as they are now 4-0 this season at home.

Tom Brady had one of his best games in recent memory, only throwing five incompletions during the whole game, and three of which on drops. This looked like the Brady that we all remember, not the one who seems to be on any sort of decline.

Rob Gronkowski also looked to be back at full health, as he was Brady’s favorite target Sunday afternoon. The 6’6” tight end was bowling over safeties and linebackers en route to three touchdown catches. Both he and wide receiver Brandon LaFell dominated the Bears’ secondary in the first half, and they caught all 20 combined passes thrown their way.

Jonas Gray got the running game going on the ground, as he was the main runner between the tackles. It was interesting to note that Gray got most of the carries, ahead of Shane Vereen, James White, and Brandon Bolden. Bolden did not even get any offensive carries, though he did contribute a lot on special teams. Both Vereen and White came in to give Gray a break when needed, but neither really gained much on the ground or through the air.

The Patriots played extremely well in all phases of the game and their offense could have put up way more then the 51 points they accumulated.

Not all of the points New England got were from their offense either, as defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich picked up a fumble from Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler and ran it in for a touchdown late in the second quarter. This was just another harsh blow that the Patriots defense dealt the Bears offense.

New England’s secondary played lights out against the Bears’ offense for three quarters before the starters were pulled in the fourth. Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner both graded positive in the secondary, and Revis had an interception late in the second quarter. The run defense was also much improved as Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower stuffed much of the run all game.

Matt Forte of the Bears still had more than 100 yards on the ground, but overall the defense was much improved from the previous week. Many of the Bears’ yards were gained in “garbage time,” during the end of the game when the defense really takes their foot off the gas.

This was a fantastic game overall for the Patriots as a team, which will really help launch them into next week’s game against Denver. Peyton Manning and the Broncos will come into Foxboro next weekend in what could be a potential AFC Championship preview. Both teams are playing some of their best football and this game will be an exciting one to watch. Kickoff is set for 4:25 on Sunday, November 2.

Matt McKay ’16 is a Patriots/NFL beat writer for The Hub. He can be contacted at

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