Brady stars as Patriots rout struggling Bears

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New England is again in top form.

Led by a sparkling performance by quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots sprinted away to a 51-23 victory against the visiting Bears on Sunday in Foxborough. The victory was the Patriots’ fourth in a row and kept them one game ahead of Buffalo (5-3) in the AFC East.

Brady was nearly perfect, completing 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards with five touchdowns and no picks. Amazingly, Brady’s top three targets — tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright and wide receiver Brandon LaFell — caught 27-of-27 passes thrown their way for 334 yards and five TDs. Gronkowski was especially dominant, catching nine passes for 149 yards and three scores.

The Bears, meanwhile, looked like a team in free fall. The defense had no answers for Brady. The offense’s best work was largely cosmetic after the outcome had long been settled. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw three TD passes but also committed two turnovers.

The Bears were down a manageable 17-7 late in the second quarter, but then, in the span of 57 game seconds, the wheels came off. A Gronkowski two-yard TD put New England up 24-7 with 1:52 in the half. Then, the Patriots’ defense got a stop, and the Bears surrendered a 42-yard punt return to Julian Edelman and were hit for a holding penalty, giving New England the ball on the Chicago 9. On the next play, Brady found LaFell for a score to give New England a 31-7 lead with 1:07 left.

At this point, the Bears were, at best, on the ropes. And then, New England delivered the knockout. On the Bears’ first offensive snap after LaFell’s TD, Cutler fumbled under pressure, and Rob Ninkovich took it in for six with 55 seconds left in the half.

Matters would get even worse for Chicago in the second half, with starting left guard Matt Slauson suffering a pectoral injury and defensive lineman Lamarr Houston suffering a potential leg injury celebrating a sack with Chicago trailing 48-23.

The defeat drops Chicago (3-5) to three games behind Detroit in the NFC North.

67 responses to “Brady stars as Patriots rout struggling Bears

  1. Pats looked great today, but it’s hard to tell. Pretty sure 11 frightened kittens could drive the ball down the Bears’ defense’s throat right now.

  2. Thank heavens this game was in Foxborough. Do you know what it would cost the Chicago Park District to fumigate Soldiers Field? Mr. Goodell: Could we get the Bears to go to L.A and get an expansion team?

    This is at the core of what’s wrong with both the NFL and the Bears. Even after today they are not the worst team in the NFL but they are in the mediocre bottom 1/3d. Spending large sums on the likes of a harvin, mccoy, or a culter doesn’t seem to be the answer and as in baseball you can’t fire the whole team. So play hard in the 2nd half or nose dive for better luck and position on draft day? It does certainly reduce the demand for Canadian football gurus here in the US.

  3. Don’t ever count out Brady and Belichick… A healthy Gronk in 2011, 2012, and 2013 in the playoffs and we would be talking a 4-peat for this year…

  4. A dominant pats victory could mean one of two things. Either the pats are not as bad as originally thought, or they are secretly videotaping the opposing teams practices again.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  5. Patriots are done. Brady should retire.

    Uh Oh ! That’s what the geniuses were saying a month ago.

    The New England Patriots are back.

  6. As much fun as it is to see the Bears lose, I feel really bad for Beandon Marshall. The poor guy was manhandled by Revis all day. Things got so bad that I think he’s going to have to point at a doll to show where Revis touched him. It appears that Revis Island is a lot like Fire Island.

  7. The Bears are a toxic dumpster fire and Phil Emery — who collected all these underperforming, fold-in-the-clutch players and put them under a breathtakingly inept coaching staff — is looking just as incompetent as the players he brought in and the coaches he hired.

    The Bears could very easily lose every remaining game in their division and if the Vikings (who still play defense) finish above them in the standings it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  8. Congratulations for your victory over a 3-win Chicago team that has victories over 2-win Atlanta and 1-win New York Jets.

  9. The only Bears excitement for the second half of the season will be media noise about who get fired and/or traded. Marshall can yell all he wants in the locker room and on TV. There seems to be a reason that both Marshall and Cutler are no longer in Denver and Denver is doing fairly well right now without them. Not a 1 to 1 correlation but still above .80

    Rosen and Lynch should donate their salaries today to a good cause as they really didn’t do an NFL game and had to consult the NFL announcers rule book 7 times to remind themselves of things they cannot say about the losing team in a blow-out game..

  10. The Pats offense was absolutely unstoppable today, and Brady looked as sharp as ever. So much for all the media types and their talk about Brady being too old and finished, huh? And if Houston ends up with a serious leg injury after celebrating a sack when his team is down by a million points, the exact same way Tulloch got injured, teams are going to have to start writing “no celebration” clauses into players contracts. I NEVER like to see players get injured, and I hope Houston is ok, but don’t these guys realize what kind of selfish, moronic idiots they look like when they have some big celebration after an insignificant sack when their TEAM is losing by like 30 points with like five minutes left in the game??? What would you possibly have to celebrate?

  11. I love it. When Brady struggles we hear about how he didn’t get solid protection as it is never him playing poorly. In this game he had all day to throw and the defenders couldn’t cover or tackle and does that get mentioned? Nope, it is ALL BRADY. No other QB gets this media love like Brady does. if any other QB had that same game with the same protection we’d read about the details rather than how it is here.

    Real tough to throw to guys who are wide open and when you have all day to throw against a garbage defense. It’s all Tommy though. No other QB could do that.

    So is the media going to recant their earlier comments about how the Pats OL is horrible, that nobody can catch the ball and that Belichick has no clue how to build a roster? I’m guessing not as once again, it’s “all Brady” in the eyes of the moron media….unless they struggle then it is everyone else. If only Tom didn’t play with scrubs he’d be on his 10th straight superbowl title.

  12. The only Bears excitement for the second half of the season will be media noise about who get fired and/or traded. Marshall can yell all he wants in the locker room and on TV. There seems to be a reason that both Marshall and Cutler are no longer in Denver and Denver is doing fairly well right now without them. Not a 1 to 1 correlation but still above .80
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    Yup. The Bears have gotten a lot more of the bad end of the Cutler/Marshall package deal than they have gotten the good. When those two are clicking there’s not much better (see San Fran game this year), but when one is off the other feeds off that, and then they can drag a whole team down (see pretty much the rest of this season). Already Bears beat writers are saying Marshall was extra snarky with them when going into the locker room after today’s debacle… that’s not what this team needs and especially guys like Alshon Jeffery who is one of the few legitimate young players this team might be able to rebuild around and doesn’t need to be picking up that stuff from a veteran he idolizes.

    I’m not saying Cutler and Marshall are the biggest problem this year… they’re at best #3 behind our atrocious defense and our laughable special teams… but they sure aren’t helping us dig out of the whole, either.

  13. As much as I despise the Chicago Bears, I can’t help but feel a little sorry for their fans.

    You don’t want your favorite team to be on the same level as the Minnesota Vikings. You just don’t.

  14. @seahawksfan,

    Exactly how is it the Pats are filming practices at Soldiers Field ? Are they using Belichick’s patented Hoodie Of Invisibility again ? Is that it ?

    SMH

  15. seahawksfansince2013 says:
    Oct 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    A dominant pats victory could mean one of two things. Either the pats are not as bad as originally thought, or they are secretly videotaping the opposing teams practices again.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering
    ——————————————————————–
    The LAST person who should be talking smack about another team right now is a fan of the PEDhawks …… not only do they own the league record for steroid cheating, they also happen to suck this year. And one Super Bowl win does not make a “dynasty”.

    Oh, by the way seahawksfansince2013, where were you BEFORE 2013? And also, the Patriots were never punished for taping any teams practices. They were punished for taping from an illegal spot during a GAME.

    But we forgive you for not knowing anything about football, seeing as your a one-year bandwagon fan.

  16. To do list for offseason:

    1) Fire Tucker (actually I pray that happens before the end of the season but I know it won’t), and every position coach responsible for the back 7. What our LBs and DBs have(n’t) done the last few weeks on the field is a disgrace.

    2) Demote Trestman to OC and Kromer back down to OL coach only, and bring in a real NFL HC who can lead men and will toughen this crew up.

    3) Send Cutler and Marshall to Tennessee for a 3rd round pick and a ham sandwich.

    4) Make Alshon our #1 WR, dump Santonio and find a legit #2 and #3 WR, at least one of them with speed.

    5) Replace every defensive eplayer in the back 7 except Kyle Fuller and Christan Jones. Take whatever we can get in trade for Jon Bostic, who when not injured, is sucking on the field.

    6) Apologize to Matt Forte profusely for wasting yet another year of his career and his considerable talents.

    7) Cut Jared Allen and LaMarr Houston and realize the only way to really have a good DL is to grow it from within.

    That’s not nearly all this team needs, but it’s a start.

  17. jchipwood says:
    Oct 26, 2014 5:03 PM
    Brady – gronk = average qb

    HARD…isn’t it Chipwood…Year after year after year….watching this.

    Everytime NE loses…you hope and hope that it’s time, time for your Dolphins to win SOMETHING.

    Your team…has not won since “73…Thats a long time isn’t it.

    Must be hard..year after year…looking up @ NE….

    Funny, I cannot think of another team…doing that over 20 years…like the Patriots

  18. fatsolio says:
    Oct 26, 2014 5:27 PM
    I love it. When Brady struggles we hear about how he didn’t get solid protection as it is never him playing poorly. In this game he had all day to throw and the defenders couldn’t cover or tackle and does that get mentioned? Nope, it is ALL BRADY. No other QB gets this media love like Brady does.
    ————————————————————

    *Doug Heffernan hand fart*
    Brady rules. 30/35. 5 TDs. You like it.

  19. Pats dynasty is tarnished because they had to cheat to win. Seahawks dynasty is just beginning and will not have an any asterisk next yo it unlike the patriots. Believe it or not pats fans, your team cheated. Your dynasty is a fraud and would have been exposed as such, had your smug owner not had his BFF destroy the tapes.

  20. But, but…I thought it was an “end of an era”…the Patriots are finished…the run is over. Right haters? Can someone please just fast forward to the AFC Championship Game so we can get our rematch against Denver?

  21. wahoo21 says:
    Oct 26, 2014 5:03 PM

    Jay Cutler will never win the bears anything.

    =========================================

    Yes he will….the first pick in the NFL draft.

  22. hmmm…i think PEDs are a form of cheating.

    i will say if the hawks get to the SB, i will root for them versus the doncs again, but that’s a big ‘IF’ at this point. i will of course root for the last true dynasty should they make it this year–not the poser dynasty that won a single SB, like the majority of transient SB champs…

  23. fatsolio says: Oct 26, 2014 5:27 PM

    I love it. When Brady struggles we hear about how he didn’t get solid protection as it is never him playing poorly. In this game he had all day to throw and the defenders couldn’t cover or tackle and does that get mentioned? Nope, it is ALL BRADY. No other QB gets this media love like Brady does. if any other QB had that same game with the same protection we’d read about the details rather than how it is here.

    Real tough to throw to guys who are wide open and when you have all day to throw against a garbage defense. It’s all Tommy though. No other QB could do that.

    So is the media going to recant their earlier comments about how the Pats OL is horrible, that nobody can catch the ball and that Belichick has no clue how to build a roster? I’m guessing not as once again, it’s “all Brady” in the eyes of the moron media….unless they struggle then it is everyone else. If only Tom didn’t play with scrubs he’d be on his 10th straight superbowl title.

    ————–

    Actually, there has been quite a bit of talk in regards to how the offensive line has played much better.

    You seem bitter.

  24. Maybe all qbs should wear uggs. Or………have extra video cameras to win super bowls. Funny how at the start of his career he “won” 3 but during his prime, or after billichick was caught cheating, he hasn’t won one. Weird right?

  25. no chippy, not really, if you factor in the vicissitudes of miracle catches, and pure luck–for instance being so unlucky as to not have won the SB in over 40 years, and nowhere close to it even today…

    …then again, we should have expected bitterness from a tuna fan regarding the only other perfect regular season. just human nature i guess.

  26. doctorrustbelt says:
    Oct 26, 2014 5:12 PM
    Congratulations for your victory over a 3-win Chicago team that has victories over 2-win Atlanta and 1-win New York Jets.
    =========================
    Still mad bro? The Pats showed teams how to trash that vaunted Bengirls defense?

  27. f1restarter says: Oct 26, 2014 5:31 PM

    You don’t want your favorite team to be on the same level as the Minnesota Vikings. You just don’t.
    ==================================

    Typical Packer fan. It’s all about the Vikings 24/7.

    Thanks for all the PR.

  28. Is Jay Cutler a narcissist?

    Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

    Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
    Has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
    Has a very strong sense of entitlement.
    Takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends.
    Lacks empathy.
    Believes that he is “special” and unique and should associate with, other special or high-status people.
    Requires excessive admiration.
    Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, and brilliance.
    Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him.

    A narcissist must meet five or more of these symptoms.

  29. Wow Bears, I am a Vikings fan but I really thought you guys would give Greenbay a run for the division! I don’t know where to start? You have two awesome receivers and a good running back and can’t win games. I really think you should have not got rid of Lovie Smith. Even though he is in Tampa bay right now he was a good coach. He brought you guys to the NFC Championship and led you to many playoff and winning seasons. I think that the bears don’t have that scary defense like you used to. I would start with that on your rebuild.

  30. Pats dynasty is tarnished

    If by tarnished you mean that they’re on the best run in the history of the league, then I agree with you.

    Bad news? The Bills are only one game back and with the Pats heading into a meat grinder of a schedule, they could possibly lose the division lead.

    Good news? Orton won’t keep it going. He never does.

  31. It’s great to see chippy and fakeseahawksfansince2013 continually come here and embarass themselves with stupid, ignorant comments. Don’t ever leave because we are gonna keep winning for a long time!

  32. “Lamarr Houston suffering a potential leg injury celebrating a sack with Chicago trailing 48-23.”

    This tells you everything you need to know about the Bears, they need a HC to take control and they need a QB with heart.

  33. If the Pats can play like today next weeks game could be off the charts. I expected more from the Bears but Tom was great today and the Bears were abused on every level.

  34. Really thought the Bears and that offense would be one of the better teams in the NFC this year. Err… hasn’t exactly turned out that way.

  35. doctorrustbelt says:
    Oct 26, 2014 5:12 PM
    Congratulations for your victory over a 3-win Chicago team that has victories over 2-win Atlanta and 1-win New York Jets.

    ————-
    How about that victory over the 4-win Bungles ERRR Bengals.

  36. Don’t ever count out Brady and Belichick… A healthy Gronk in 2011, 2012, and 2013 in the playoffs and we would be talking a 4-peat for this year…
    ———–

    Maybe if Gronk could also play defense.

  37. All you ever see is cutler, cutler, cutler
    This team gave 30 million in guaranteed money to just two guys on the d-line.
    They each have ONE sack. Houston got his today in game 8. Then injured himself celebrating.

    Cutler has a fumble in a 51 point loss and the loss is all his.

    This defense makes sub par QB’s like Manuel and Tannehill look like pro bowlers. Teams with real QB’s only punt once a game and we are down by at least 30 by halftime.

    Tucker’s defense is setting records for the worst in our 90 year history, but by all means..its that damn cutler making us lose.

  38. If I were Bears CEO George McCaskey, I would be on a private jet tomorrow to visit Bill Parcells. I would give him a blank check and a three-year contract with carte blanche to cut, fire, or bench ANYONE responsible for the disaster in Foxboro today.

    It is very clear that nobody with any leadership capability or football knowledge is calling the shots in Halas Hall this year, and a bunch of talented but unmotivated players are stealing a bunch of money because of it. This franchise is in desperate need of a “fixer” and Parcells is the only guy I can think of with the expertise to do that.

  39. chippy…How does it feel to hope for a miracle every season that your dolphins win something, but NE ruins your chances, year in and year out. Pat’s fans feel sorry for you if all you have is “uggs” and “video cameras.” Get used to being a perennial basement dweller, you know, similar to what you are.

  40. Tom Brady has always been as good as his protection. Take that away’he’s not nearly as good. Witness the end of the Patriots “perfect season”. Didn’t happen because the Giants got in on the Golden Boy and shook him up. If Tuck Rule Tommy had had to deal with the caliber of O-lines that Ben Roethlisberger has had to deal with in his career, he wouldn’t be anywhere near where he is today.

  41. Actual “NFL experts” were claiming Brady was washed up. His combined stat line since then has been something like 1200 yards, 14 TDs, 0 ints. Please continue questioning him!

    love,
    Pats fans.

  42. Pats haters – How do ‘like THEM apples?

    Here’s the deal – you supply the whine, I’ll supply the cheese.

    Sack dance after sacking the 2nd string rookie qb when you’re 25 points behind in the 4th quarter?

    Bush league, pure bush league.

  43. Bassplucker – your 10:04.

    As long as the McCluskey (McCaskey?) family owns that team it will be a mediocre team. That family descends from George Halas, who founded the team and was the best, the baddest, etc. His descendants are way below his level and will never relinquish that power, so the Bears will continue to be mediocre. If the person who made the Cutler trade is still employed by the Bears (don’t know) that is the perfect example.

    Robert Kraft is the model owner – hire the right GM, sign the checks and get out of the way.

    Since Kraft bought the team they’ve been in 6 Super Bowls, won 3 of them, won 11 out of the last 13 AFC East titles, and since 2001 they have the highest winning percentage of any team in the league.

    Still, as someone who has been watching pro football for 55 years, it’s sad to see the Bears so pathetic.

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