CHICAGO (3-4) at NEW ENGLAND (5-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 6
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 3-4, New England 3-4
SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 8-4
LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Bears 36-7, Dec. 12, 2010
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 19, Patriots No. 8
BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (24), PASS (10).
BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (14), PASS (19T).
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (20), PASS (15).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (24), PASS (1).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meet for fourth time in 13 years, with Patriots winning last three. ... Bears are 3-1 on road. Only Dallas Cowboys, 3-0, are better. ... Jay Cutler has best passer rating of any quarterback Patriots have faced this season, 94.4. ... RB Matt Forte leads NFL with 52 receptions and is fifth with 448 yards rushing. ... DE Willie Young tied for NFC lead with seven sacks. ... WR Brandon Marshall goes for third straight 100-yard receiving game vs. Patriots. In last three meetings, he has 18 catches for 379 yards and a TD. ... Bears' defense has eight INTs but just two in last four games. ... Chicago has bye after game before visiting Green Bay. ... Patriots go for fourth straight win overall and 13th in row over NFC North opponent. ... QB Tom Brady has thrown for 914 yards, nine TDs, no INTs in last three games. ... RB Shane Vereen led Patriots with 43 yards rushing, 71 yards receiving and two TD catches against Jets in first game since primary RB Stevan Ridley suffered season-ending knee injury. Vereen facing younger brother, Bears rookie S Brock Vereen. ... WR Brandon LaFell has three TD receptions in last four games. ... DT Chris Jones blocked 58-yard FG attempt by Nick Folk on final play to secure win in Patriots' last game. ... Patriots allowing fewest yards passing per game in NFL, 208. ... After this, New England facing toughest stretch of season with next five games against Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Green Bay and San Diego.
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