Mike Reiss identifies the key matchup for the Patriots against the Bears:
"It’s the defense against quarterback Jay Cutler. He has 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the season and as of late he’s been playing mistake-free football. This Patriots defense is one that thrives on turnovers. New England is 9-0 this season when on the plus-side of the turnover differential. "
Greg A. Bedard breaks down his three keys to a Patriots victory over the Chicago Bears.
1. Patriots must disguise coverages and confuse Bears QB Jay Cutler.
2. Stay balanced on offense.
3. Contain game-breaker Devin Hester.
Neil Hayes (Chicago Sun-Times) Brian Urlacher has the utmost respect for QB Tom Brady, and remembers what happened the last time he played the Patriots.
"[Brady’s] the best," Urlacher said. "He knows what to do with the football. If you play zone, he throws the check downs. If you put seven in the box, he runs it. He just knows where to go with the football every time. You’re not going to trick him. You may get pressure on him, you may hurt him a little bit, but he’s smart. He has a great arm. He knows everything. Big challenge for us.
"And he runs fast, too. I remember he’s really fast. Good runner."
- John Cockrell Friday Out-Takes: As good as it gets. Great line: How about Five-foot-nuthin' DANNY WOODHEAD running as fast as his little legs can carry him all over the team that cut him after opening day?
- Erik Scalavino tells us what happened yesterday at the Patriots practice at Gillette.
- Patriots-Bears Thursday Injury Report.
- Patriots Today - Bears' third-ranked D true test for Pats. (3.30 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Sanders vs. Olsen. (3 min. video)
Locker Room Uncut - Thoughts from Sanders, Mankins and more. (4.29 min. video)
- Shayne Graham spent Tuesday at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to help kick off a special Patriots Charitable Foundation blood and platelet drive.
- The Patriots celebrated Monday night's big win against the Jets with youth across Rhode Island during a day of serving the community on Tuesday, December 7.
- Christopher Price details the preparation, smarts and focus of the Patriots secondary.
- Mike Petraglia writes about how the Patriots are prepping for the 'ridiculous' Devin Hester and the fastest offense in the NFL.
- Danny Picard notes the Patriots have already matched their total number of interceptions from last season with 18.
- Ian Rapoport writes about the invaluable, play-past-the-whistle Logan Mankins, who loves nothing more than to mix it up with defenders.
- Monique Walker focuses on the toughness and "extra spice" Logan Mankins brings to the O-Line.Christopher Price details the preparation, smarts and focus of the Patriots secondary.
- Christopher Price tells us the five most important things we need to know about the Patriots from Thursday. Logan Mankins, Shayne Graham, James Sanders and more.
- Ian Rapoport gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the taping of 'Patriots All Access' with Scott Zolak and Bill Belichick.
- Mike Reiss notes Pats' practice squad safety Ross Ventrone earned his 5th straight practice player of the week honor.
- Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots tackle leader-board and ILB Brandon Spikes really stood out with 7 tackles Monday night.
- Mike Reiss looks at the special teams tackle leader-board, noting Matthew Slater's rise to the number 2 spot behind Tracy White.
- Mary Paoletti sees the Patriots focused, but not on the playoffs.
- Mike Reiss tries to figure out 'the case of the disappearing Moss.'
- Shalise Manza Young Patriots Notebook: Belichick talks up how disruptive Julius Peppers can be; Shayne Graham, who turned 33 yesterday, says kicking for the Patriots is a dream job; Bears' TE Greg Olsen is a big, vertical threat that will have to be contained; Injury update.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Rob Ninkovich grew up in the Chicago suburbs; Shayne Graham knows he has to be wary about Devin Hester; Pats will have to contain Bears TE Greg Olsen; A Pats' win will clinch a playoff spot; Injury update.
- Mike Reiss offers the transcript of his weekly online chat.
- Boston Globe Staff's Week 14 picks. All four pick New England to win.
- Jim Lazar Week 14 NFL picks: Pats over Bears 27-20.
- Dan Pompei (Nat'l Football Post) The legend of Tom Brady continues to grow.
- Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Case for Brady over Vick in MVP race.
- NFL Sunday crew (Fox Sports) Patriots are the real deal; Ravens made mistake?
- ESPN Stats & Information provides a few facts and figures on the Patriots heading into Sunday's game against the Bears in Chicago.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Why Martz has adapted his play calling in Chicago.
- Dan Par (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots-Bears matchup of the day: Wes Welker vs. D.J. Moore.
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Five questions with Patriots OL Dan Connolly.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Three-and-out redux: By the percentages.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Dolphins move chains better than Patriots.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Patriots must cope with the rookie wall.
- John Clayton (ESPN) Playoff picture comes into focus.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballWeekly) Week 14 Friday 10-pack. 1. Bears will have to blitz Brady.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Overachievers prevailing in AFC East.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) These 10 shook off slow starts.
- Gil Brandt (NFL.com) Pivotal Week 14 matchups to monitor. Tom Brady vs. Rod Marinelli.
- Sunday Countdown (ESPN) Week 14 Picks. Johnson and Jackson pick New England, Ditka and Carter pick Chicago.
- Countdown Daily (ESPN) Herm Edwards and Mark Schlereth preview Sunday's Bears-Pats game. (1.30 min. video) Mark Schlereth picks Pats, Herm Edwards picks Bears.
- Peter King (SI) Weekend Pickoff: Week 14. Pats over Bears 17-14.
VIEW FROM CHICAGO
- Brad Biggs and David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) Bears-Patriots preview. (3.15 min. video)
- David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) Brady vs. Urlacher gives Patriots-Bears extra buzz.
- Neil Hayes (Chicago Sun-Times) Brady's fake and shake is on Urlacher's menu.
- Fred Mitchell (Chicago Tribune) When Patriots QB Brady gave Urlacher the slip.
- Neil Hayes (Chicago Sun-Times) Briggs, Urlacher a pair of aces.
- Larry Mayer (ChicagoBears.com) Bears must generate consistent pass rush Sunday.
- Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune) Hybrid fullback-tight end Brandon Manumaleuna giving Bears best of both worlds.
- Staff report (Chicago Tribune) Low temps, high winds expected for Bears game.
- Sam Farmer (Chicago Tribune) Week 14 NFL picks. Bears 24, Patriots 23.