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Game Predictions: Expert picks for Patriots at Bears

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Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 7 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Mike Reiss, ESPN:

Pick: Patriots 27, Bears 20

This is a good spot for the Bears to possibly pull the upset, with the Patriots coming off an emotional Sunday night victory, but two things have me sticking with the Patriots: Khalil Mack isn't 100 percent with a right ankle injury; and the Tom Brady-led offense has scored 38, 38 and 43 points in its past three games and has even left points on the field. The New England defense will tighten up against the big play for the team to get its first road win of the season.

Mike Golic, ESPN: Patriots

Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Patriots

Mina Kimes, ESPN: Patriots

Trey Wingo, ESPN: Patriots

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports:

Pick: Patriots 24, Bears 17

The Bears are coming off a loss, while the Patriots are coming off a big victory over the Chiefs. New England's offense is back to being what we expect with Tom Brady, but I think the Bears will be better on defense here. The Pats will win the game, but it won't be high scoring.

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: Patriots

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Bears

Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Patriots

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Bears

Elliot Harrison, NFL.com:

Pick: Patriots 26, Bears 22

Love this matchup. You know the Bears are Ditka-level pissed off over how last week's loss to Miami went down, a glacially-paced disaster if there ever was one. (It was kind of like climate change, though some folks choose to deny that. Not as easy to ignore NFL standings.) Chicago will attempt to tee off on Tom Brady, which is compelling because A) he will most certainly get the ball out quickly in the early goings and b) the Patriots have stunk on the road in two outings, getting manhandled in both Jacksonville and Detroit. The issue for Chicago is whether Mitch Trubisky and the offense can move the ball early. Still waiting for that 125-yard Jordan Howard game. Season high: 82 yards, Week 1.

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk:

Pick: Patriots 30, Bears 21

The Patriots get the benefit of facing an Andy Reid-style offense for a second straight week. Throw in a banged-up Khalil Mack, and the winning streak moves to four.

Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk:

Pick: Patriots 27, Bears 20

The Patriots are righting the ship and the Bears will drop their second straight and drop out of first place in the NFC North.

Paul Perillo, Patriots.com:

Pick: Patriots 27, Bears 23

Things have been difficult on the road and the Bears have talent, just not enough to pull off the upset.

Andy Hart, Patriots.com:

Pick: Patriots 35, Bears 21

Despite facing an impressive Bears defense, New England should be able to throw the ball in Chicago. The Patriots defense faces an upstart Bears offense that’s not nearly as good at the Kansas City unit from a week ago. Bill Belichick’s team is picking up steam and should control this one from just about start to finish.

Erik Scalavino, Patriots.com:

Pick: Patriots 27, Bears 20

Chicago has a talented defense to go along with its promising young quarterback, which means this game will probably be lower scoring than last week’s against K.C. Khalil Mack being less than 100 percent healthy certainly benefits the Patriots, who should escape the Windy City with their first road win of the season.

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