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Justin Fields leads 33-14 Blowout Win Vs. Patriots – NBC Chicago


What We Learned When Fields, Bears Crush Patriots On MNF Originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bears had 11 days to sit down and simmer their nasty Week 6 loss to Washington Commanders. Monday night in Foxboro, they finally let their frustrations out in a 33-14 thrashing of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Head coach Matt Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy showed new wrinkles Monday night, using designed quarterback runs and a few quick throws to put quarterback Justin Fields more at ease.

The result? A great performance from the second-year quarterback. Fields went 13 for 21 for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception through the air, while adding 82 yards and a score on the ground.

The Bears’ ground game abused the Patriots on their home turf and the defense broke the fever Bailey Zappe who momentarily took over Gillette Stadium in the first half.

It was a complete beating in Foxboro.

The Bears rushed for 243 yards while holding the Patriots to 260 total yards on the night.

Here’s what we learned from the Bears’ 33-14 win over the Patriots on Monday night:

It’s new

The Bears used the mini-bye week to assess everything, including their schemes on both sides of the ball.
They dusted off some of their offensive changes Monday night at Foxboro.

On the first practice of the game, the Bears rolled the pocket on third-and-4, and Fields hit Darnell Mooney for a 20 gain. On the ensuing play, the Bears called a naked bootleg which saw Fields roll to the left and find Equanimeous St. Brown for a gain of 11.

This drive stalled and ended with a field goal.

The biggest improvement was the use of engineered quarterback runs. Coming into the game, Fields had run the ball 54 times during the season, but only 12 had been on purpose. Considering Fields’ elusiveness and speed, his legs seem like an asset a team lacking in overall offensive talent would want to use.

The Bears did that against the Patriots.

In the first half, Fields rushed 10 times for 74 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown that put the Bears up 10-0 in the first quarter.

There was also this ridiculous escape.

On the unofficial tally of those 10 races, six were engineered, three were scrambles and one was an underhand.
Fields also had one of his best plays of the season late in the second quarter. He identified the blitz on the line, audible on a screen, then changed the angle of his arm to hit Khalil Herbert for a 25-yard touchdown.

Those engineered runs, along with the rolled pocket, bootlegs, and modified launch spots, were all evidence of an offensive evolution for a Bears team that was leading 20-14 at the break. The Bears went 6 for 9 on third down in the first half.

Whatever the Patriots saw on film as they prepared for the Bears offense, they didn’t face it in the first half.

The Bears offense was more methodical in the second half.

They opened the third quarter with a 10-play, 61-yard drive that ended in a field goal. They followed that up with a 10-play, 46-yard drive that earned them three extra points through Cairo Santos’ leg.

The Bears put the final nail in the Patriots coffin early in the fourth quarter when David Montgomery scored a one-yard rushing touchdown to make it 33-14.

Offensive innovations aside, the Bears intimidated the Patriots with their rushing offense Monday night.

Chicago rushed for 243 yards and went 11-for-18 on third down in what equaled a second-half beatdown from Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Play the HITS

The Bears defense has thrived creating turnovers this season, and the HITS principle was fully applied during the first half at Gillette Stadium.

Jaquan Brisker had an impressive one-handed interception off Mac Jones early in the second quarter.

The HITS principle struck again late in the second quarter when defensive tackle Justin Jones recovered a botched handoff between quarterback Bailey Zappe and wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.

While the Bears defense had issues with Zappe when he entered the game, they quickly solved the rookie.

After Zappe led back-to-back touchdowns, the Bears defense held him to 26 yards on his next three possessions, forcing a fumble and two punts.

But the Bears defense couldn’t end the night without a final ode to the HITS principle.

Leading by 19 midway through the fourth quarter, rookie defensive end Dominique Robinson got a Zappe pass down the line and linebacker Roquan Smith picked it up.

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Rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon ended the performance with his first career interception late in the fourth quarter.

As good as it was for the Bears’ offense, it was an equally impressive performance on defense.

The Zappening ends

The Patriots offense had just 56 total yards in their first three series with Jones at the helm, and trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter.

After Jones was picked by Brisker, Bill Belichick went to Zappe. The fourth-round rookie immediately brought Gillette Stadium to life and hit Meyers for a 30-yard touchdown on his second pass of the night.
Zappe led a scoring streak on the Patriots’ next possession to erase the 10-0 deficit and give New England a 14-10 lead.

In the first half, Zappe went five-for-six for 109 yards and a touchdown. Jones was just three for six for 13 yards and a pick in his three working series.

But The Zappening was short-lived. After leading the Patriots in touchdowns on his first two drives, Zappe’s next three drives ended in a lost fumble and two punts as the Bears led 33-14 early in the fourth quarter.

It was Zappe’s first time hanging in double digits in the NFL and he was ill-equipped to bring them back.

After the Bears pushed the lead to 19, the Bears defense made sure the Zappening was over for good.

The Bears have eliminated the rookie quarterback in each of his last two practices. The first came when Robinson hit a ball down the line that flew into Smith’s hands. The second came when Gordon picked him on a short tagged pitch for Tyquan Thornton.

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