Bears vs. Patriots: Mack Jones came off the bench in the middle of the game and Chicago scored 23 straight to beat New England.



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New England Patriots starting quarterback Mack Jones was benched in the middle of the game. team 33–14 home loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.

Jones missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, but eventually returned to the starting lineup to face the Bears.

However, after the Patriots led to two scoreless fights and an interception, Jones was replaced by Bailey Zappe—a fourth-round rookie who ably led the team in Jones’s absence—in the second quarter. Throughout the game, the crowd at Gillette Stadium could be heard chanting Zappa’s name from time to time.

A New England Patriots fan holds a sign during a game against the Bears.

The 23-year-old Zappe made an immediate impact, leading New England to two straight touchdowns, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Myers.

However, Zappe did struggle during the competition, losing a fumble and throwing two late interceptions as the Bears turned the screw for a straight 23 points to turn the game for the win.

After the game, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that he planned to play both quarterbacks against the Bears and that he was going to bring Jones back into the lineup, but the score was “out of control.”

When asked who would be the starting quarterback for the Week 8 game against the New York Jets, Belichick declined to comment. “We just finished the game,” he replied with his famous directness.

Jones reacts to the touchline during the second half against the Bears.

On the other hand, it was a much more positive evening for the Bears, who went on a three-game losing streak.

Despite continuing not to throw too much, quarterback Justin Fields and his team of running backs destroyed the Patriots on the ground, finishing with 243 yards and two touchdowns on the team.

Fields, who struggled during his first season as a starting quarterback, looked far more composed on Monday, finishing with a passing touchdown while also aiming for another and throwing one interception.

Unlike previous weeks, the Bears coaching staff implemented more elaborate runs for Fields to capitalize on his dynamism and keep the Patriots’ defense out of whack.

And it worked as Chicago was able to move the ball up and down against New England and Khalil Herbert benefited from Fields’ touchdown as the Bears defense forced three Patriot interceptions with the help of safety Jaquan Brisker, linebacker Roquan Smith and cornerback Kyler Gordon.

Fields runs with the ball against the Patriots.

Bears head coach Matt Eberfluth said the change in Chicago offensive dynamics was the catalyst for the win.

“I think that sometimes creates problems for the defense, depending on what kind of defense they are in.” – Eberfluss said.

“Of course when you have a quarterback who has developed running runs and also does some things just to be able to climb and make first downs, I think that’s a big part and he’s hard to defend. these guys. We’ve all seen them in the league and Justin did a good job today.”

The Bears improve to 3-4 for the season while the Patriots fall to the same record.