The Chicago Bears did the unthinkable on Monday night. They not only defeated the New England Patriots but thoroughly dominated them in a 33-14 win.
It was quite the rebound performance after an uninspiring Week 6 loss to the Washington Commanders. Now having snapped a three-game losing streak, Chicago has a 3-4 record.
The Bears join the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Commanders as teams sporting a 3-4 record. That's pretty impressive despite the clear talent disparity when comparing the Bears to those teams.
Here are the main takeaways from a stunning Week 7 win.
Bill Belichick Denied
Bill Belichick had the perfect storyline scripted for this game. He was tied with George "Papa Bear" Halas for the second-most wins all-time as a head coach, which includes regular season and postseason games.
Belichick tied with Halas and playing the Bears on Monday Night Football at home to surpass him? You couldn't have written better.
But Matt Eberflus and the Bears had other plans. What a way to honor Halas, the McCaskeys, and the organization by assuring that milestone was denied. Guess Bill will have to wait another week. C'mon Jets...
Listen, was it the prettiest performance? No. Absolutely not. Justin Fields has a long way to go in his development and still made a few blunders. However, he looked more decisive and poised in the pocket. He made big plays with his legs. All anyone can ask for is to see him make incremental progress.
Taking sacks is Fields' biggest issue, though not all of them are his fault. He also needs to clean up his footwork and dial in to improve upon on missed passes and occasional inaccuracy. But that's just nitpicking right now; this was still one of his best games as a pro.
Fields went 13/21 for 179 yards (8.5 avg) with one touchdown, one interception, and a QB Rating of 85.2. On the ground, he added 14 rushes for 82 yards (5.9 avg) and one touchdown. Fields was the Bears' leading rusher on Monday night.
This was a huge statement and step forward for QB1. It's never easy to beat a Belichick defense, especially for young signal-callers.
Luke Getsy called his best game of the season to date. He was truly the MVP of this game. His play-calling and play designs dominated the Patriots' defense. It was nearly flawless. Getsy had an answer for anything New England flashed and almost dictated the terms all game long.
The Bears recorded 390 yards of total offense on 70 plays. 243 yards came on the ground and 147 yards through the air. The designed runs for Justin Fields were...chef's kiss. Perfection.
It was a similar performance to Week 6, but the Bears actually capitalized on scoring opportunities this time around. Chicago came away with points to reward sustained drives and dominated time of possession. It was a near-15-minute disparity (37:14 to 22:46).
Bravo, Luke Getsy. You get a hat tip and hopefully the game ball.
Third Down Efficiency
The time of possession domination and sustained drives were all aided by the Bears' excellence on third downs. They were 11-for-18 (61.1%) in such situations.
It's time to talk about the man, the myth, the legend... again. Cairo Santos has stabilized the Chicago Bears' kicker position for the past three years. After his consecutive field goals streak was snapped last year because of Matt Nagy's awful decision, Santos has started another streak.
Santos went 4/4 on field goal attempts and 3/3 on extra points against the Patriots.
Give credit where credit is due. Matt Eberflus and Alan Williams' defense showed up big time. The Patriots' offense was starting to find its rhythm the last few weeks behind QB Bailey Zappe.
While Zappe didn't start the game, he did come in to relieve Mac Jones in the second quarter. Overall, Chicago's defense held the Patriots' offense in check by only allowing 260 total yards (190 passing, 70 rushing). However, the Bears only recorded one sack on the night.
Surprisingly, they stifled the Patriots' potent running attack and limited Rhamondre Stevenson to 39 yards on 11 carries.
The key to victory in this game was the turnover battle. The Bears' defense logged four takeaways (three interceptions and one fumble).
Are we actually surprised? Once again, Roquan Smith led the team in tackles. He posted the following stat line: 12 tackles (8 solo, 1 TFL), 1 pass defense, 1 QB hit, 1 sack, 1 INT.
Here is Roquan's sack of Bailey Zappe.
Now, here's Roquan's interception. Right place, right time.
Jaquan Brisker and Kyler Gordon's Firsts
Ryan Poles' first two draft picks as Chicago Bears' GM showed up in a big way against the Patriots. Both of them logged the first interceptions of their careers.
First up, Jaquan Brisker with the sick one-handed pick.
Next, it was Kyler Gordon's turn.
The Bears were coming off a mini-bye week after playing on Thursday Night Football 11 nights ago. They came out prepared and played their best game of the year so far.
Matt Eberflus and his staff did a tremendous job and had the team playing hard. It's a true testament to them and their culture. The Bears have truly bought into this regime.
After this win over the Patriots coupled with a Packers' loss to the Commanders, the Bears have regained the title of the franchise with the most wins in the NFL.
Green Bay: 785
Additionally, the Bears won their first game ever on the road at New England.
Furthermore, the Bears improved to 2-5 against Bill Belichick. Their previous win came in 2000, which coincidentally was the last time they played the Patriots without Tom Brady. Against Brady? 0-5.
The Bears scored 33 points, which is the first time they've scored 30-plus points since Week 14 of the 2021 season against the Packers. Unfortunately, that was the only time they scored 30-plus points last year. These types of offensive performances are few and far between.
Lastly, the Windy City pulled off something that has never been done before. Monday featured a Chicago vs. Boston doubleheader with the Bears visiting the Patriots and the Bulls hosting the Celtics. Chicago completed the sweep on a historic night.
The Bears collected the win in an exciting fashion. It was utter domination on both sides of the ball, which is a rare occurrence. The Bears played their first complete game from the start to finish. There was no slow start and then a second-half surge. The second half Bears showed up in the first half as well, which was a refreshing sight to behold.
All three phases showed up and balled out. It helped that the coaches had their best game of the year as well. A collective winning effort paid off against one the greatest coaches of all time. And perhaps most importantly, Justin Fields took a big step forward in his development. An absolutely ideal scenario played out for the Bears on Monday night.
What's On Tap Next?
A trip to Jerry World. The Chicago Bears travel to Arlington, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The game will kick off at 12 PM CT on Sunday, Oct. 30 and FOX will carry the broadcast.
The Bears will look to build on this momentum and pick up their second win in a row. Doing so would mark their first winning streak of the year and get them back to .500. Likewise, Justin Fields and Luke Getsy look to continue to build on their performances.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys are coming off a 24-6 shellacking of the Detroit Lions. Dallas is looking to keep pace with the 6-0 Philadelphia Eagles and 6-1 New York Giants in the NFC East. The Cowboys are stacked on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they're led by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Dalton Schultz.
On the defensive side, Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Demarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and Anthony Barr lead the way. The Bears will truly have their hands full next week against "America's Team" on the road.
Tune into the Bears On Tap podcast for further postgame reaction in addition to updates and analysis throughout the week.