2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
5-2, 1st in AFC East
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1hMike Reiss

Bears' Hail Mary comes up 1 yard short vs. Pats

The Patriots escaped Chicago with a 38-31 victory on Sunday after they successfully kept Bears receiver Kevin White out of the end zone following a 62-yard heave from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Patterson, Van Noy proud of special teams' TDs (0:42)
Brady, Pats on Bears' Hail Mary attempt (1:04)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

James White's 11 rushing attempts set a new career high and his 40 rushing yards were his third-most (45, Super Bowl L; and 44, 2018 Week 4). He's on pace for 328.9 PPR fantasy points and 103 receptions.

Michel carted off field with apparent knee injury (0:39)
Patriots return blocked punt for TD (0:38)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots CB Eric Rowe sustained a groin injury in the third quarter, and his return was announced as questionable by the team. Rowe had a prior groin injury that sidelined him three games. He appeared frustrated on the sideline. Rowe was utilized Sunday in a specific nickel package and in the dime package.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
5hMike Reiss

RB Michel helped off field, ruled out of Pats' win

After taking a hit while running from Bears tackle Bilal Nichols, Patriots running back Sony Michel required help getting to the sideline and was ruled out of the second half.

Patterson burns Bears' defense for 95-yard kickoff return TD (0:34)
Edelman fights through Bears' defense for early TD (0:24)

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Bears are 8-2-1 ATS with five outright wins in their past 11 games as a home underdog. They're currently 2-point 'dogs against New England.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots center David Andrews, who grew up a Braves fan, arrives at Soldier Field in a Red Sox hat.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Julian Edelman is all business as he arrives at Soldier Field.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots inactives: C/G Brian Schwenke, DE Keionta Davis, TE Jacob Hollister, OL Marcus Cannon, TE Rob Gronkowski, DE Geneo Grissom, DE/OLB John Simon. So this means Ted Karras, in a homecoming of sorts, is the top backup at C/G over Schwenke.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick and his son, Steve, walk off Soldier Field. They often make a early visit to the field at road games, where they might discuss the history of the stadium, or past memorable games there.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A feel for the media crowd as Tom Brady arrives at Soldier Field.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who is not expected to play Sunday vs. the Bears, is expected back next week at Buffalo on Monday Night Football, per a source. The Patriots are playing it safe by resting him against the Bears, per Schefter.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots downgrade TE Jacob Hollister, DE Geneo Grissom and DE/OLB John Simon to out for Sunday's game, while TE Rob Gronkowski has been downgraded to doubtful. The potential shortage of tight ends would thrust Dwayne Allen into a possible lead role at the position, with more two-back and three- and four-receiver sets. DT Malcom Brown (knee) has made the trip, giving him a chance to play.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens
1d

Gronk ruled out vs. Bears, eyes Week 8 return

Rob Gronkowski, dealing with ankle and back injuries, will not play Sunday against the Bears. He is expected back next week at Buffalo for the Monday night game, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots tight against the salary cap, CB Stephon Gilmore's contract was tweaked to help provide needed space. Specifically, $4.95 million of Gilmore's base salary was turned into a fully guaranteed roster bonus (prorated over four years), which created $3.71 million in cap space in 2018. This gives the team some room at the trade deadline if it wants to make a move.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.218th
Rushing Yards123.011th
Points For29.34th
Points Against24.7Tied-18th