The Chicago Bears ran for 243 yards and piled up four defensive takeaways on Monday Night Football, handing the New England Patriots a 33-14 defeat and shining a spotlight on the league's newest quarterback controversy.
Offensive spotlight: While the Bears came away with the victory — largely thanks to QB Justin Fields rushing for 82 yards and passing for 8.5 yards per attempt — the story of this game will be Patriots' quarterback play.
Mac Jones played three series before being benched in favor of Bailey Zappe, going just 3-of-6 for 13 yards and an interception. Jones now has seven turnover-worthy plays across three games this year — he had just 15 across 17 games as a rookie.
— NFL (@NFL) October 25, 2022
Zappe entered the game in relief and went 14-of-22 for 185 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, though his first pick was due to a batted pass at the line of scrimmage. His saving grace was arguably his work down the field, as he completed two of his three deep shots for 73 yards and a score.
New England head coach Bill Belichick refused to name a Week 8 starter during the post-game press conference.
Defensive spotlight: Bears safety Jaquan Brisker was targeted five times in coverage, but he gave up just two receptions for 11 yards and one first down. He arguably made the play of the game when he broke on a go route to pick off Mac Jones with an impressive one-handed snag.
What a grab by @JaquanBrisker! ????
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 25, 2022
Rookie spotlight: Bears tackle Braxton Jones gave up just one pressure across 28 pass-blocking snaps on first review, likely landing him with an 80.0-plus pass-blocking grade.
Offensive line spotlight: The Patriots offensive line really struggled in pass protection tonight. On first review, they gave up a sack, a hit and 10 hurries, allowing pressure on one-third of their passing plays.
|Justin Fields||24.4||13 / 21||179||8.5||1||1||4||85.2|
|Bailey Zappe||8.3||14 / 22||185||8.4||1||2||1||67.4|
|Mac Jones||1.9||3 / 6||13||2.2||0||1||0||16.7|
|Equanimeous St. Brown||8.8||7||4||48||6.9||0||19|