Patriots visit Chicago

21 October 2018 20:03:27 GMTPlus11

Fresh from handing the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the season the New England Patriots are in Chicago on Sunday as they play the Bears at Soldier Field.

That the Patriots stepped up their game when faced with a legitimate challenger to their AFC Conference crown was obvious, but it will be fascinating to see if New England has a little letdown against the Bears, who have finished bottom of the NFC North Division for four consecutive seasons.

Chicago may lead the Division so far, but victories over the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers does not exactly make a Super Bowl Contender.

Curiously the Patriots, who are tied atop the AFC East Division with the Miami Dolphins, have yet to win away from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, having lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions. The Patriots are 1.012 to win the AFC East with the Dolphins 17.00.

With four of their next five on the road, New England will be looking to change that in a hurry. The Patriots are 1.80 to win with the Bears 2.05.

Meanwhile Miami is coming off a win over Chicago down in South Florida. Jason Sanders' 47-yard field goal with no time remaining gave the Dolphins the 31-28 triumph and Miami entertains the Lions at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Over in New York the Jets were expected to struggle with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold at the controls.

A 3-3 record, one game behind the Patriots and the Dolphins, is a credible result so far and the Jets now welcome the Minnesota Vikings to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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