Week 7 - Patriots @ Bears

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The Patriots have an NFL-best record of 59-18 (.766) in the month of October since 2000 and are 3-0 in October so far this season.
LETS GO!
One of the more memorable games between the two teams was in 2002, when the Bears played their home games at the University of Illinois during the remodeling of Soldier Field.
New England staged one of the most memorable comebacks in team history, rallying from a 27-6 deficit late in the third quarter to pull out for a 33-30 win that was clinched on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to David Patten with 21 seconds left in the game.
Full game on YT and it's amazing. Nice to see Otis Smith again.
Down 30-19 with under 3 minutes left in the 4th qtr against the great overrated Brian Urlacher and they get it done. Huge replay review that got overturned in the Pats favor with :47 seconds left helped. Some great catches by David Patten. It's a fun re-watch.
 

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I was at that 2002 game. That stadium sucked. The fans were good though, one guy even gave me his Chicago Fire hat (he worked for the team and had an unlimited supply) that I proceeded to lose 2 years later. I think I left it at a Fenway area bar during the magical season.
 

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DNP
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Mack-ankle
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Cooper-hamstring
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I'm gonna be drinking in Chicago with my Brady jersey...whoo hoo!
 

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Let’s keep this shit going.

Fuck Jim McMahon, Refigerator Perry and Mike Ditka. Win this.
I've never seen a team/organization that is so hung up on one win as this one is.

Good for you, you won the 1987 Super Bowl 31 years ago.

Holy shit, move on already.

Beat these stooges tomorrow.
 

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I've never seen a team/organization that is so hung up on one win as this one is.

Good for you, you won the 1987 Super Bowl 31 years ago.

Holy shit, move on already.

Beat these stooges tomorrow.
Only comparison I can think of is the Jets back to back AFC Championship appearances. That was a supreme level of LOL. Since then the Pats have been to seven straight with four SB appearances and two titles. But the Jets will always have 2009-2010 when they got ridiculously lucky to even make it in 2009 then got ridiculously lucky to beat the Pats in 2010.
 

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Trubisky has decent numbers so far this season. Is he for real?

I think the Pats come out on top 37-24.
 

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LETS GO!

Full game on YT and it's amazing. Nice to see Otis Smith again.
Down 30-19 with under 3 minutes left in the 4th qtr against the great overrated Brian Urlacher and they get it done. Huge replay review that got overturned in the Pats favor with :47 seconds left helped. Some great catches by David Patten. It's a fun re-watch.
Holy shit, thank you so much for this. I've hardly been able to find a single clip from this game for the last decade. And I've been searching for this video for so fucking long:

start at 2:21:30 for Tom Brady's most clutch defensive play of his career

Between Brady's swat and the catch by Patten in the back of the end zone, this has long been my favorite mostly-forgotten game of the Brady era.

edit: and that was the same day as the amazing 34-34 tie between Pittsburgh and Atlanta with Plaxico catching a Hail Mary at the 1 as time expired. What a day that would have been had NFL Redzone existed back then.
 
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No bueno. That ranks up there for worst imaginable player/body part late injury report add-on.
 
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No bueno. That ranks up there for worst imaginable player/body part late injury report add-on.
This is how it’s happened each time, I believe. Late week add on and turns out something blew in the prior game.
 

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Only comparison I can think of is the Jets back to back AFC Championship appearances. That was a supreme level of LOL. Since then the Pats have been to seven straight with four SB appearances and two titles. But the Jets will always have 2009-2010 when they got ridiculously lucky to even make it in 2009 then got ridiculously lucky to beat the Pats in 2010.
Didn't they get there in 2009 because the Colts took their foot off the gas of an undefeated season and pulled Manning in the second half of their regular season game with the Jets that year, handing them a gift win?

2010 was pretty comical, they were all fired up after beating the Patriots, finally got over that hump, then the Steelers went up I think 21-0 in the AFCCG before they settled down and made a game of it. I think that was the game where the defense couldn't stop the Steelers late in the game on third down and Rex spiked his headset out of frustration.

Good times.
 

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Didn't they get there in 2009 because the Colts took their foot off the gas of an undefeated season and pulled Manning in the second half of their regular season game with the Jets that year, handing them a gift win?

2010 was pretty comical, they were all fired up after beating the Patriots, finally got over that hump, then the Steelers went up I think 21-0 in the AFCCG before they settled down and made a game of it. I think that was the game where the defense couldn't stop the Steelers late in the game on third down and Rex spiked his headset out of frustration.

Good times.
Yes and yes.
 

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Patriots downgrade Geneo Grissom, Jacob Hollister and John Simon to out; Rob Gronkowski to doubtful.
 

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Gronk out would hurt, and no Hollister means just Allen active for TEs. Wonder if we see some unusual personnel groups like 20 with Develin, Michel/White, three WR, and no TE; 20 sets with both Michel and White; 10 sets with Michel / White and four WRs. Do they have enough firepower without Gronk?
 

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Keep Allen in to help on Mack, get the ball out quick and crush in the short passing game. Need to do a good job on Hicks too, whenever I’ve caught the Bears he seems to be causing trouble up the middle.
 

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Gronk being likely out will hopefully mean the Josh Gordon Coming Out Party.

Win.
I had a similar thought regarding Gordon. We will see how it plays out. I feel like Edelman, White and Michel could just as likely pick up the slack.

Berry the Bears!
 

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Gronk out would hurt, and no Hollister means just Allen active for TEs. Wonder if we see some unusual personnel groups like 20 with Develin, Michel/White, three WR, and no TE; 20 sets with both Michel and White; 10 sets with Michel / White and four WRs. Do they have enough firepower without Gronk?
I think they do. The worrisome thing without Gronk is the running game and pass protection help with Mack. Gronk is so good in that aspect.
 

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Too bad Hollister has been hurt most of the year—really looks like he could be a nice supporting cog when healthy.
 

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I think they do. The worrisome thing without Gronk is the running game and pass protection help with Mack. Gronk is so good in that aspect.
Allen is an adequate replacement as a blocker. My worries are less about missing Gronk as a target (I think he hasn't been himself as a receiver of late) and more about there being less space for the other options because he won't be there to draw coverage. Either way, they have enough weapons to win this game.
 

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Allen is an adequate replacement as a blocker. My worries are less about missing Gronk as a target (I think he hasn't been himself as a receiver of late) and more about there being less space for the other options because he won't be there to draw coverage. Either way, they have enough weapons to win this game.
I'm not so sure. I don't think we know what we have in Gordon and Edelman yet, Hogan and Dorsett have been up-and-down, and Allen is a zero in the passing game. I think we'll see a run-centric attack like the last couple weeks.
 

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I wonder how Gronk feels about sitting if this is just the Pats being careful. He has incentives to earn.

As a fan, happy to rest him occasionally if it means healthy Gronk for the playoffs. Hopefully, Gordon and Brady can be on the same page today.
 

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I don’t think this is Pats being careful. BB has never shown any indication that he will throw away a regular season game unless playoff position doesn’t matter. BB has always said “you can’t protect everyone” and “football players play football.”
 

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I don’t think this is Pats being careful. BB has never shown any indication that he will throw away a regular season game unless playoff position doesn’t matter. BB has always said “you can’t protect everyone” and “football players play football.”
I mean, I’m sure they make calls on close ones based on whether it’s a playoff game or not.

Anyways, I’m sure Gronk actually hurt the back and from a business perspective prefers not putting more of his season at risk for one game.
 

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I mean, I’m sure they make calls on close ones based on whether it’s a playoff game or not.

Anyways, I’m sure Gronk actually hurt the back and from a business perspective prefers not putting more of his season at risk for one game.
If he’s close to his incentives I can see kraft/BB paying them out. They’ve done it before.

Schefter says Michel and Edelman are playing despite being questionable.
 

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Well, I had club seats for today, and I’m still waiting at the gate for a plane to appear for my 815-scheduled AA flight to ORD. Still not here and I think I would be lucky at this point to see the 4th Q even should a plane magically appear in the next 2 minutes.

Somehow I blame all this on the Bears. Crush them
 

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Well, I had club seats for today, and I’m still waiting at the gate for a plane to appear for my 815-scheduled AA flight to ORD. Still not here and I think I would be lucky at this point to see the 4th Q even should a plane magically appear in the next 2 minutes.

Somehow I blame all this on the Bears. Crush them
honestly, you might be better of making a quick killing on stubhub.
 

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I wonder how Gronk feels about sitting if this is just the Pats being careful. He has incentives to earn.
I'm guessing this is why he was Doubtful even though he missed the flight. Basically everyone else on the team would have been Out, but they gave him a chance to make a miracle recovery and fly out later.

If he’s close to his incentives I can see kraft/BB paying them out. They’ve done it before.
Also this.
 

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Not going to lie, I'm more concerned about this one, than I was about last week against the Chiefs. On the road, against a good defense worries me more than a team with a big offense and no defense at Gillette. Always have, always will. Add in that Gronk is out, and I won't be too comfortable today.

Of course, the Pats will probably be up 28-3 at halftime, and I won't end up worried at all.

FTR: My opponent (who is in 1st place) started Josh Gordon today in Fantasy for the first time. Mark it down for 2td's.