Patriots vs. Bears score: Justin Fields spoils Bailey Zappe’s return to lineup as Chicago rolls to ‘MNF’ upset

The Patriots entered Monday Night Football as 8.5-point favorites over the Bears, looking for their third straight win in Mack Jones’ return to the lineup after a three-game absence. They went back to rookie Bailey Zappé under center and Bill Belichick’s defense had the best performance of Justin Fields’ young Bears career. Despite Zappé’s introduction briefly firing up the Gillette Stadium crowd and New England’s offense, Fields stole the show at quarterback and led a versatile ground game that cruised to a prime-time 33-14 upset in Chicago.

Jones, who was returning from a high heel, didn’t last a quarter and a half before Belichick benched him after a foul in the second quarter. But Zappé’s energy did a lot to start his night after scoring back and forth on the Pats. New England didn’t score its 10th lead of the game until deep in the fourth quarter, and three turnovers — running back Jacoby Meyers and running backs Roquan Smith and Kyler Gordon — allowed the Bears to escape with the win.

Here are some highlights from Monday night’s upset of the Big Bears:

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Why the Bear won

They finally figured out how to put Field in a winning position. Like Daniel Jones and the Giants, Chicago let its young QB rest on his feet and the signal-caller did his job, showing extra effort and elite looks in ships designed to speed up a tight-touching offense with David Montgomery. Khalil Herbert. In between, he made enough tackles to keep the Patriots on their toes, including a critical late catch to tight end Cole Kmet. Simply put, the Bears are built to beat old football, and on Monday they let their best athlete — their QB — help them do just that.

Matt Eberfluss’ defense also came up big for much of the night. Jaquan Brisker’s pick on Mack Jones forced a New England QB change, and after Zappé’s initial spark, his unit struggled to eliminate the Pats’ typically potent one-two punch of Ramondre Stevenson and Damien Harris, who combined for 40 yards. to the reduced minutes of action. Roquan Smith’s play picked off Zappé in the fourth and sealed the deal, and Kyler Gordon’s INT just wiped it out.

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Why the Patriots lost

Outside of Zappé’s first two drives, Jones, wearing a helmet and on the sideline, seemed to be waiting for a momentary call to re-enter the match, and they couldn’t move the ball with any rhythm or stop. Bears tripleheader ground game. The QB switch looked genius at first, with the rookie Zappe confidently bringing it downfield and DeVante Parker making a play for the young signal caller. But three-and-a-half later destroyed the department, and in the end, Zappe’s order from his pocket disappeared altogether; his poor choices destroyed a potential comeback. It didn’t help that the line didn’t pave the way for any serious momentum from Stevenson or Harris all night.

Defensively, the Pats’ uninspiring night was even more surprising. Despite the brilliance of Matthew Judon (2.5 sacks) off the edge, they couldn’t answer to stop Fields when the QB was out of the pocket. And their struggles left a little to be desired in the red zone with Montgomery and Herbert moving forward.

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The turning point

Trailing 17-14 with 1:32 left in the first half, the Patriots had a chance to take the lead back from their own 39. But Zappeden hit Meyers, fumbled the ball, and Justin Jones recovered to give Chicago the bonus possession. After a rushing touchdown by Darnell Mooney Fields, the Bears extended their lead into halftime on a field goal and never looked back.

Play a game

Fields and Khalil Herbert deserve props for their hand-eye coordination on a screen TD through traffic, but Bears safety Jaquan Brisker showed off his hands with a serious jump to pick off Mack Jones:

What is next

The Bears (3-4) hit the road Sunday for a Week 8 matchup against the Cowboys (5-2), who beat the Lions in Dak Prescott’s first game. The Patriots (3-4), meanwhile, are now in the basement of the AFC East and will face the Jets (5-2), who beat the Broncos for their fourth win in Week 7.


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