For New England Patriots, Week 3 of the regular season is already in the books — the team defeated the visiting New York Jets with a final score of 30-14. Tonight’s primetime game is therefore a relaxing affair, and a chance to scout a team that is on New England’s schedule later this year. So what does this mean for the club? And who should Patriots fans root for? Let’s find out:
Chicago Bears (1-1) at Washington Redskins (0-2)
When: 8:15 p.m. ET
Where: FedEx Field, Landover MD
Live streaming: fuboTV (sign up here)
Patriots rooting guide: Go Washington! The Patriots will play the Redskins in Week 5, so today’s game has an impact on two potential playoff tiebreakers: strength of schedule and, if New England wins in two weeks, strength of victory. A Bears loss would have two more effects as well: it would also hurt the strength of schedule/victory for one of the team’s main rivals in the AFC — the Kansas City Chiefs — and improve the standing of the fourth-round pick in 2020 that Chicago traded to the Patriots during this year’s draft.