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Bears report: Offense grades, defense in win against Patriots

Bears report: Offense grades, defense in win against Patriots

On paper, Monday night’s showdown between the Bears and the New England Patriots was a complete mismatch.

You had Bill Belichick, looking to pass George Halas for second career wins, on one side. The Patriots head coach made his living by pitting rookies and second-year quarterbacks against his defense.

On the other side stood Bears quarterback Justin Fields and first-year head coach Matt Eberflus. The Bears were 11 days removed from an embarrassing loss to the Washington Commanders. Their offense has looked broken, their offensive line has been unable to block the pop-up ad, and their run defense will likely provide as much resistance as an ant against a boot.

But that’s why they play games.

When the final horn sounded at Gillette Stadium, the Bears were just there finished dog walking Belichick and the Patriots up and down the field for 60 minutes in a 33-14 win.

That team Belichick gushed about in his Week 1 volley that sent Twitter reeling. That was the team that showed up Monday night in what was a tense New England affair.

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Here’s a refrigerator-friendly report from the Bears’ Week 7 party in New England:

Passing offense

We spent weeks asking offensive coordinator Luke Getsy to call more easy-access throws for Fields. Please move the pocket and bring back the thievery we saw in the preseason.

Ask and you shall receive. A little late, but we’ll take it.

The Bears’ passing attack didn’t put up great numbers Monday, but it didn’t have to given the way the game script played out.

Fields finished the day 13-for-21 for 179 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Getsy included screens and crossers. The Bears moved the pocket on the first play of the game and gave Fields an easy move and a 20-yard catch to Darnell Mooney to move the bats on third down. They came right back with a bare boot on the left that saw Fields hit Equanimeous St. Brown for 11.

Aside from the interception, which came on another pass at the line of scrimmage, Fields was effective and on target on most of his throws. He did an impressive job changing his arm angle to get the ball to Khalil Herbert on a screen that finished 25 yards to the house.

Was it perfect? No. But it looked a lot better than what we saw in most of the first six games.

grade: A

Fast attack

In an age of wide-open NFL offenses that throw the ball 40 times a game, the Bears are trying to turn back the clock and play some old-school bully.

It didn’t always work, but the ground game was a runaway train that the Patriots had no chance of stopping.

On the night, the Bears rushed for 243 yards as a team. Fields led the way with 82 yards, while Herbert and David Montgomery each added 62.

Keep in mind that this effort was against a Patriots team that managed to shut down the vaunted Cleveland Browns offense in Week 6.

If you stand on the tracks, you will be run over. It will take the Gillette pitching staff all week to get the Patriots defense off the field.

grade: A

Pass defense

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones started, but was apparently sidelined with an ankle injury that had kept him out of the previous three games. He went three plays and threw for just 13 yards before being tackled and pulled by Jaquan Brisker.

Belichick said after the game that a move to rookie Bailey Zapp was planned and he had planned to go back to Jones, but the game got out of hand.

Zappe instantly electrified Gillette Stadium. The Patriots gave Jakob Meyers an open play, play and action, which Zappe narrowly missed. Meyers made a diving catch and rolled into the end zone for the Patriots’ first touchdown of the game.

Zappe hit DeVante Parker on a jump ball on the next drive to set up a touchdown. Zappa fever got out of hand as the Patriots took a 14-10 lead.

But that was all the Bears defense was going to give up.

Zappe transformed back into a pumpkin. In its last five drives, the Zapp-led offense had a fumble, a punt, a punt, an interception and an interception.

The rookie from the fourth round was outmatched, and the HITS principle did the rest.

grade: A-minus

Start the defense

Jones was the Patriots’ leading rusher (24 yards) for most of the game before Rhamondre Stevenson finally overtook him to finish the game with 39 yards on 11 carries.

The much-maligned Bears defense diminished the Patriots’ running game and put the ball in the hands of an injured Jones and Zappe who was in over his head.

Stevenson entered the game on a tear, but found no running lanes against a suddenly stout Bears defense. When the Bears went up by 12 in the second half, the running game more or less fell into the pocket and the Bears stepped up Zappe.

An impressive display from defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ unit.

grade: A

Special teams

Kairo Santos remains automatic.

The decision to insert Dante Pettis as a punt returner for the hard-luck Velus Jones Jr. worked well, although Pettis almost choked one himself.

But no complaints about Richard Hightower’s crew.

grade: A-minus

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