ESPN Senior Writer Mike Sando asks League Insiders to select winners in selected games every week. Three evaluators came into play for week 7. This Week's Games: Patriotic Bears, Viking Jets, Saints-Ravens, Cowboys-Redskins, and Bengals-Chiefs.
Sunday: 13.00 pm ET, CBS | Point spread: NE at 3 | Choose insider: NE (2/3)
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The Patriots have awarded four or more points since the start of the 2013 season. This includes three rewards against Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs and a fourth against Doug Pederson's Philadelphia Eagles, with three of those games taking place since the start of last season.
The Reid Pederson connection is relevant for this match as Bears coach Matt Nagy worked with both in Kansas City before entering Chicago this season.
"Watch this with a capable bear defense at home and I'll take Chicago," the lonely insider said aroused.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has nine touchdown passes in his last two starts with an interception.
"He played well, but I still do not trust him," said an insider who picked the Patriots. "I think the bear's defense will be a good deal better but that quarterback for New England is pretty good."
The Bears suffered a 31-28 defeat in Miami last week, becoming the only side to allow more than 30 points for a team with Brock Osweiler in the starting XI. The jump from Osweiler to Tom Brady is obviously significant. Khalil Mack's health is a key variable. He suffered an ankle injury early in the Miami game and was not his usually productive self.
"I expect New England to pass Chicago Linebackers in passing," said the third insider.