In the Patriots’ defeat against the Bears, Bill Belichick’s strategy fails


On a cloudy night in Foxborough, Bill Belichick’s best-laid plans for the New England Patriots’ quarterback situation went astray on Monday. Mac Jones only received three drives upon his comeback after missing three games due to a high ankle strain. Following that, Bailey Zappe momentarily ignited the attack with two touchdown drives. That was followed by a confusing disaster as the Patriots were defeated by the Chicago Bears, 33-14, and left with a lot of concerns unanswered about their quarterback situation. Prior to Monday, Belichick had won five straight games against the Bears. “I informed the quarterbacks that we were going to play both of them, and that’s what we did,” he said. In advance of Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets in Week 8, Belichick chose not to announce the starting quarterback for the Patriots.