Patriots Open as 3-Point Favorites On the Road Against Bears
The Patriots opened as 3-point favorites against the Bears this week after beating the unholy snot out of the Jets on Monday night. That Jets game doesn't really relate much to this week's article, but I just like talking about how bad the Patriots embarrassed the Jets. It was like Christmas, Easter, my birthday, Thanksgiving and Festivus (and trust me, the Jets would have had plenty of grievances to air) all rolled into one. In a word -- magical.
Fresh off what looked like an extended 7-on-7 drill against the Jets, the Patriots must travel to Chicago to face a Bears team that is tough to run on, typically doesn't give up a lot of points to opposing offenses and relies on the offense only to put up enough points to squeeze out a victory. The Bears have won five straight and lead the NFC North with a 9-3 record. While I could incur the wrath of Mike Ditka for saying this, I gotta be honest; I'm not sure the Bears are as good as their record might suggest. We're talking about a team that lost consecutive games to Seattle and Washington earlier in the year, then almost lost to the Bills in their next game following their bye week. They needed two questionable calls to squeak past the Lions twice. The '85 Bears, these guys are not. To me, that suggests the Bears are a 7-5 team that just happens to have a 9-3 record. However, they always play good defense, they are running the ball more effectively with Matt Forte, and Jay Cutler has avoided treating the football like it's covered in scorpions the past few weeks. When they do all three of those things, they are a very dangerous team.