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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

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14/12/2019 a las 06:58:08
CHICAGO (AP) — are stacking up the victories and that’s what matters most to them.As for the aesthetics " href=""> > , they’ll keep working on that.“We need to make improvements,” Brady said. “I think the more we’re on the field, the more we can practice, the more we can figure out where everyone fits and what we’re doing a good job at in general, those things start to sort themselves out. … But I’d certainly take building on the wins rather than losing games.”Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots hung on to beat the Chicago Bears 38-31 Sunday when Kevin White got stopped at the 1 on a 54-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky.The Patriots (5-2) won their fourth straight following a 1-2 start. 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.That gave Chicago (3-3) its second loss in a row after winning three straight to grab sole possession of the NFC North lead.Here are some things to know:INJURIES ADDING UPAlready missing five-time Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots might also have to get by without promising rookie running back Sony Michel.He lost a fumble and had to be helped from the field after he was twisted around while getting tackled by Bilal Nichols on the first play of the second quarter. In the previous three games, Michel rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns.Gronkowski missed his first game because of ankle and back injuries.WILD TIMESMitchell Trubisky’s accuracy came into question, but not his feet.His career-high 81 yards rushing included a spinning, cross-field 8-yard TD run in which he initially scrambled back to about the 30. But he had two interceptions, should have had at least two more and finished 26 for 50 for 333 yards with two touchdowns.The wildness was very apparent early against Patriot blitzes.“Early on, it wasn’t just Mitch,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “Trust me. There were a lot of people that were out of rhythm.”GOING DEEPThe Patriots had been lacking a bonafide deep threat in the passing game, but recently acquired Josh Gordon is starting to make an impact. He had a 55-yard reception to set up Brady’s 2-yard TD pass to James White to make it 38-24.He now has 13 catches for 224 yards in four games with New England since a trade from Cleveland last month.“We are just going to keep developing our confidence in one another, and he’s making great plays when I throw him the ball Womens" rel=nofollow>">Womens Chase Daniel Jersey ,” Brady said. “Just got to keep doing it.”LACK MACKStar pass rasher Khalil Mack was largely a nonfactor for the second straight game.The two-time All-Pro made little impact after injuring his right ankle early in last week’s overtime loss at Miami. And it wasn’t much different going against Brady and the Patriots.Mack had one tackle, and he failed to register a sack for the second week in a row. He spent most of the time on the right side of the line of scrimmage instead of the left, where he usually plays. And he often dropped back in coverage.Chicago’s lone sack was by Roquan Smith.“I don’t know if it affected him yet,” coach Matt Nagy said, referring to Mack’s ankle.“Obviously we didn’t feel it from our team as far as just getting the overall general pressure on (Brady).”CATCH AND RUNJames White continues to give New England solid contributions in the receiving and running games.He caught a team-high eight passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns. He also led New England with 40 yards rushing.“You never know how a team is going to decide how to match up against you,” White said. “No matter who is covering me, I just try to win my match whether it’s a corner, safety, linebacker, D-ends. Just get open, man to man or find the right spot in the end zone and catch the ball and protect it.”White leads New England for the year in receptions with 45 and has six TD catches. LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy refuses to dwell on the second-half collapse by his team in Sunday’s 24-23 loss at Green Bay in the season opener.It’s not easy, considering the Bears blew a 20-point lead in Nagy’s head coaching debut. They’ll take it as a lesson learned.“It stings, but we need to use this,” Nagy said Monday after reviewing film. “We need to go ahead and use this to get better.“If you have the negative Bennie" rel=nofollow>">Bennie Fowler III Jersey , pessimistic approach to it, then that’s all wrong.”The loss bore a striking resemblance to the way Nagy’s season ended last year as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator — a 22-21 playoff loss to Tennessee after the Chiefs led 21-3.Except in this one it was an injured Aaron Rodgers coming off the bench to lead the comeback against Khalil Mack and a Bears defense that dominated the first half.Meanwhile, the Bears offense and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled at some key points in the game with chances to lock up a win.“We’re close,” Trubisky said after the game. “We know how close we are.”Rodgers took the Packers downfield immediately for the game-winning touchdown, and Trubisky failed to get the Bears past midfield needing a field goal on their final possession.Trubisky finished 23 of 35 for 171 yards with a passer rating of 77.2.“He played the way I knew he could play,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He made some plays.Now we left some out there too, but that’s going to happen.”Trubisky missed a throw on a fade pattern in the end zone to a wide-open Allen Robinson, resulting in a field goal instead of a touchdown. He had a few other mistakes and the Bears settled for two second-half field goals, while struggling on third-and-short situations.“We expected a lot of man (coverage) on third-and-short and they came out and played a bunch of zone,” Trubisky said. “Credit to them for just mixing it up.“A lot of our calls were built for man. We had some risky calls that we just went with and we blew them and they just made plays that we didn’t.”On the final drive, in particular, Trubisky appeared somewhat rattled by the rush and overthrew Robinson. He also appeared too willing to abandon the play to scramble.“There were some good ones, and there were a few where I thought his clock was ticking a little too fast,” Nagy said. “You get the pocket collapse a little bit, and I thought that instead of just sliding and then hitching forward " href=""> > , it was a run. He kinda dashed out of there.”Nagy also criticized his own play-calling, including a pair of ill-advised screen passes.“They played the screens well yesterday,” Nagy said. “That’s a credit to them. I go back personally. We ran two screens back to back and I didn’t like those calls.“I told the guys those were on me.”Nagy noted defensive problems as well, such as shoddy second-half tackling and Kyle Fuller dropping a potential game-deciding interception. By and large, the offense had the most struggles with just 16 points scored.One area where Nagy wouldn’t back down was in defending his decision not to play starters in the next-to-last preseason game. He feels it had no negative influence on offensive execution.“The start of the game, going right down the field in 14 plays and scoring a touchdown, that’s growth,” Nagy said. “The middle, the three-and-outs, that’s not growth. We’ve got to fix those.“And so that’s not just the players, that’s the coaching staff, that’s myself. We do it together.”NOTES: The Bears came through the game without a new injury. Linebacker Danny Trevathan went down briefly with a back injury but returned and finished.… Hall of Fame inductee Brian Urlacher will be honored at halftime of Monday night’s home opener against Seattle with induction into the Bears Ring of Excellence. Urlacher’s Hall of Fame bust will be at Soldier Field.
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