NFL Week 14: Patriots @ Bears

New England Patriots @ Chicago Bears Sun. Dec. 12th 2010 4:15pm EST

Despite getting off to a slow start at the beginning of this NFL regular-season with a lot of questions on the defensive side of the football, the New England Patriots have proved all the doubters wrong at this point in time after they were able to absolutely dominate the division rival New York Jets the 45-3 rout which made Tom Brady and company the new first place team in the AFC East division.

Tom Brady
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After this extremely impressive victory over one of the best defenses in the NFL, the New England Patriots showed that no matter who they have on the offense of side of the football they can dominate any defense in their way, but that will be put to the test once again this week as they will go up against arguably the best defense in the NFL in the Chicago Bears.

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With perennial Pro Bowlers Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers staring him down all day long and putting constant pressure on the New England Patriots offense, NFL MVP candidate quarterback Tom Brady will have perhaps his toughest test of the season ahead of him.

Obviously, the matter what defense has been put in front of Brady he has come out on top and continues to prove that he just might be the best quarterback in the league right now, but whether or not he can get the best of this extremely stingy defense remains to be seen.

There is no question that the Patriots live and die with the pass as Tom Brady can throw it all over the field and without Randy Moss as a downfield threat, the offense has turned into something that thrives on the short pass, but the Bears defense concentrates on stopping the run as they only give up 84.9 rushing yards per game (2nd in the NFL).

With that being said, the Chicago Bears defense might struggle to contain Tom Brady in the pocket as they are 13th in the league at stopping the pass by giving up 215.4 passing yards per game.

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Personally, I can’t see any team in the league containing Tom Brady and this potent New England Patriots offense as they get everyone on the offense of side of the football involved and are always moving forward the matter what the opposition shows them.

Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears do have one thing going for them as they have been the only team this season to be able to contain the Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick, but with Brady the threat of his running the football is nonexistent.

As of right now, the New England Patriots will come into this matchup with the Chicago Bears as -3 point favorites. That is just about right on the money in my opinion as I really can’t see Brian Urlacher and company coming out on top in this one, but it should be a close game from start to finish.

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