"I think we're prepared for it mentally, and we practiced different looks and different groupings and personnel [groupings] to offset that", he said. Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots hung on to beat the Chicago Bears 38-31 Sunday when White was stopped at the 1 after a 54-yard pass from Trubisky.
The Patriots (5-2) won their fourth straight following a 1-2 start.
Given Gronkowski's importance to New England's offense, bettors began to hop on the Bears shortly after the news broke.
Yet, in each of the three losses, there have been consistent themes that contributed to the loss.
They'll need to do it without Rob Gronkowski, who was officially ruled out this morning with ankle and back injuries.
Mitchell Trubisky's accuracy came into question, but not his feet. As a team, the Bears have 182 attempts for 784 yards, but Trubisky has accounted for 245 yards largely through scrambles.
Patterson's aforementioned kick return fumble forced the Patriots to dig out of an early hole.
Tom Brady held his breath as he watched the final play unfold from the sideline.
Gordon caught four passes for 100 yards.
With multiple important players on the injury report, Tom Brady and the Patriots are going to face one of the best defenses in the National Football League in the Chicago Bears at less than 100 percent. "He knows that, the defense knows that, and we each have to get this win - with or without whoever we have on the field". On the other one, I wouldn't say he broke any tackles, we just let him out into open space and there's a lot of yards to be gained when there's nobody out there, so he runs out of bounds and picks up the first down. Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch also dropped into coverage on second-and-10 from the Patriots' 49. The Patriots had a bit of an issue against Bilal Nichols up front and Roquan Smith flew around the edge for the Bears' only sack of the day. "You could see them doing some things that challenged us", said Mack of the Dolphins game. "Obviously we didn't feel it from our team as far as just getting the overall general pressure on (Brady)". White caught eight passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Or one could scoff that Trubisky's stats were inflated with the 79-yard drive in the final 24 seconds and note he still had a season-worst 69.8 passer rating.
"You never know how a team is going to decide how to match up against you", White said. "I just knew if I could get there before he punted it, I could hit him". Nagy used the Hail Mary as an example of how close the Bears were in the end and how it embodied coming short for an entire game.