BOSTON — The 3-3 Patriots host the 2-4 Chicago Bears in Week 7, which doesn’t exactly scream must-see TV. But while the match-up won’t spark much excitement, the fact that it’s the Monday Night Football game will add a little extra spice to Gillette Stadium.
Or, at least Patriots fans can have fun saying “Da Bears” a few thousand times this week. So they have that for them.
Monday night’s game is the first of five prime-time games for the Patriots this season, and their first of two appearances on Monday Night Football. It could also be a pretty big night for Bill Belichick as he looks set to climb the NFL’s all-time win list.
Here are all the news, notes and fun facts you need to know ahead of Monday night tilt.
Week 7 Comments
- The Patriots are 28-27 all-time on Monday night.
- Monday night will be the 15th overall meeting between the Patriots and the Bears, with New England leading 10-4 overall. The Pats have won five in a row against the Bears and eight of the last nine.
- The Patriots are 4-0 against the Bears in Foxboro; 2-0 at Gillette Stadium, 1-0 at the old Foxboro Stadium and 1-0 when it was known as Sullivan Stadium in 1988.
- The Bears are one of three teams that the Patriots are undefeated at home during the regular season. New England is 5-0 against both Houston and Jacksonville in Foxboro.
- The Bears offense comes in this week with the NFL’s second-best rush offense, averaging 170.8 yards per game. Their passing offense is terrible though, they are last in the league with 122.8 yards per game. Mash those two together and Chicago’s total offense (293.7 yards per game) ranks 28th in the NFL.
- It’s a story of two windy towns that also defend for the Bears, with their run defense allowing 163 yards per game (29th in the league) and their pass defense allowing only 178.7 yards per game (third in the NFL).
- Matthew Judon has to lick his chops for this matchup. Chicago quarterback Justin Fields has been fired 23 times, which is the most in the NFL this season.
- Bill Belichick could rise on the win list on Monday with a win. A win would put Belichick 325 for his overall career (regular and postseason), meaning a tie for second place with former Bears legend George Halas. With a win on Monday, only Don Shula and his 347 victorious Belichick would be ahead.
- Belichick was able to pass Shula in another win division with a win on Monday. A win would give Belichick 258 wins with the Patriots, a tie with Shula for second for most regular season wins with one team. Belichick would follow Halas and his 318 wins with the Bears for first place.
- After I picked Jacoby Brissett last weekend, Jalen Mills has two interceptions in the season. He only needs one more to match his best of three interceptions in his career, which he did in the 2017 season.
- Deathrich Wise is up to five sacks in the season, and will set a new career high the next time he sends a quarterback to the ground.
- Rhamondre Stevenson had a run of over 30 yards in each of the last two games, a 49-yard run against the Lions and a 31-yard touchdown run against the Browns. If he breaks off another 30-yarder Monday night, he would be the first Patriots to come back with three straight games with a 30-yard run since Antowain Smith did it in the 2001 season.
- The New England defense has not allowed a hasty touchdown to an opponent this season. The two hasty touchdowns the unit allowed were to Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson and Green Bay receiver Christian Watson. The longest the Patriots have gone without allowing a touchdown by a running back were the first eight games of the 2019 season.
- N’Keal Harry — the first and only wide receiver ever drafted by Bill Belichick in the first round — was traded to Chicago for a future seventh round pick.
- Chicago defensive lineman Mike Pennel Jr. signed a two-year deal with the Patriots in March 2019, but was released by New England prior to the season.
- Bears Defensive Gear Angelo Blackson spent two months on the New England practice team in 2017.
WBZ-TV has you covered for Monday Night Football between the Patriots and the Bears. Tune in to Patriots All Access Friday night at 7:00 PM on WBZ-TV, then Patriots GameDay Sunday at 11:30 AM After the Patriots and the Bears finish on MNF, get full response and analysis of the game on Patriots 5th Quarter on TV38!