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• An entertaining game, filled with some sloppiness by both teams.
• The Patriots came into this game missing both of their receiving TEs, and they lost RB Sony Michel during the game. Notwithstanding this, they did a good job game planning and calling the game in order to get some offensive production.
• Both teams were sloppy on special teams. The Patriots lost a fumble on a kickoff return that led to a Bears TD, and WR Julian Edelman muffed a punt deep in Patriots territory (he recovered it). The Bears gave up a kick return TD and had a punt blocked for a TD.
• Last week, the Patriots played a clean game penalty-wise, but the law of averages caught up with them in this game as they committed seven penalties, four for automatic first downs.
• The Patriots did a poor job of containing Bears QB Mitch Trubisky in the pocket, as they repeatedly let him escape for long runs. Bill Belichick typically has his defensive line play a bit more disciplined vs. mobile QBs, but in this game, they did not contain well.