Five Final Thoughts Before Kickoff Between Pats and Bears Sunday.

Brady States Bears Defense is the Best He Has Played in A Long Time

A. The Bears have one of the best run defenses in football so even though they play a cover two defense meaning it would be beneficial for the Pats to run the ball - that might be difficult. My guess is the Pats exploit the deficiencies at inside linebacker of the Chicago Bears — with Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith. Brady likely uses play action to draw them in and attempts to get Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman open on the 10-15 yard crossing routes.

B. Pats likely looks to throw more towards Prince Amukamara who is the Bears weaker corner as opposed to Kyle Fuller.

C. Tom Brady is impressed with the safeties of the Chicago Bears - Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos who are likely the strength of the Bears defense.

"Really good play-makers, very consistent. [Adrian] Amos and [Eddie] Jackson are both very solid. They work well together. I think their secondary in general is very talented. They’ve got a good group of linebackers. Roquan Smith’s playing really well, high pick. Danny Trevathan, I’ve always thought he was a great player. And then you add [Khalil] Mack and [Leonard] Floyd, Akiem Hicks, really stout front. This is the best defense we’ve played in a long time. We’re going to have to go out and play really well on the road. We’ve talked a lot about playing on the road this week and kind of what we need to do to get a win. We haven’t played very well on the road this year and we’re going to need to play a lot better than we played the first two times on the road in order to win," Brady said Friday.

The Bears also can rush the passer with Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack. Even if Mack plays, he will not be 100 percent with his ankle injury. With Marcus Cannon likely out for Sunday, LaAdrian Waddle will need to have a big day against Mack - something he did last year when Mack was with the Raiders. The Pats beat the Raiders in Mexico City in November 2017.

D. Tom Brady took a trip down memory lane Friday when he recalled running past Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher for a first down when the Pats beat the Bears in 2006. When asked if he would tell his grandchildren about the play - Brady joked that he would be telling everyone about the play for a long time. Undoubtedly, one of Brady's favorite plays in his careers. "It probably won't ever happen again," Brady said. Ironically, Brady is closing in on 1000 career rushing yards.

E. Given the pass rush of the Bears, don’t be surprised if the Pats throw some screen passes to James White early in the game. In their two road losses to Jacksonville and Detroit in September the Pats got behind early and it will be critical for them to start fast in what will be a tough environment in Chicago.

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