In order to keep getting big offensive production, quarterback Tom Brady will have to heavily utilize his longtime favorite receiver Julian Edelman, who will be playing in his third game back after serving a four-game suspension to start the year. But the Patriots beat the Bears (3-3) for the eighth time in nine games since the 1985 team got routed in the Super Bowl. Rookie running back Sony Michel left in the second quarter because of a knee injury.
Gronkowski was limited in practice all week by an ankle injury, but was also listed with a back injury on Friday's injury report. And it wasn't much different going against Brady and the Patriots. "We're not a group that's going to hang our head if mistakes are made", Harmon said. The Patriots would finish the drive by retaking the lead at 21-17. At 10:48 of the second quarter, he redeemed himself with a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown and the Patriots were down, 17-14. His team-best 81 rushing yards on six attempts were an effective counter-punch to what Belichick threw at him. "Just getting prepared mentally more than physically", said Mack.
The Patriots had been lacking a bonafide deep threat in the passing game, but recently acquired Josh Gordon is starting to make an impact. "He knows that, the defense knows that, and we each have to get this win - with or without whoever we have on the field". For a reserve player trusted on special teams, Braunecker took this play hard. "But that was one of the ones that he knew right away 'I shouldn't have done that'".
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While the Bears are still wondering about the availability of Mack, the Patriots will likely be dealing with the loss of one of their best players. "You could see them doing some things that challenged us", said Mack of the Dolphins game. Four years later, it was even worse at Gillette Stadium, as the Patriots crushed Marc Trestman's team 51-23. Because of Gordon's odd, suspension-plagued path through the league, he's still considered a third-year player in terms of seasons accrued toward free agency. Coming off a 43-40 win over Kansas City, New England came out on top when a swarming defense prevented White from crossing the goal line after he hauled in a heave from Trubisky on the final play.
But at the very least for this season, he has given the Patriots a shot in the arm offensively. Jeremy Hill rushed just four times in the first game of 2018 before tearing his ACL and landing on season-ending IR, and Rex Burkhead has been sidelined since Week 4 with a neck injury.
"We are just going to keep developing our confidence in one another, and he's making great plays when I throw him the ball", Brady said.