As always, you’re in the right place for any nuts-and-bolts coverage of New England’s latest win of the season – written, video, and otherwise – here on patriots.com. Some of our media colleagues have items of interest that we’ll share now.
Starting off with some potentially disturbing news for rookie running back Sony Michel. After leaving with what looked like a serious knee injury in the early second quarter, the Pro Football Talk website says Michel will undergo an MRI test today to determine the severity.
A New England-based doctor who often does media analysis of Patriots injuries is not optimistic, given Michel’s knee injury history.
“My biggest concern for his knee is that he’s stirred up something that’s already going on,” she tells NBC Sports Boston. “In the back of my mind I’m wondering, did he have a scope in the preseason? Is that what procedure he had to drain his knee? We’re not sure. Certainly meniscus tear is high on the list. It really could have been anything.”
Meanwhile, opinions vary about this latest Patriots win. A Boston Globe columnist offers these thoughts, in part:
“In a lot of ways this unusual contest was the most Patriot-like victory of the season, a soothing reminder of the Patriots’ propensity for finding a recipe for production, even when some of the main ingredients are out of the mix.”
On The Athletic website, another writer provides a positive outlook.
“With a core of veterans who have won two Super Bowls — and counting, they hope — the Patriots recognize the appropriate steps in their process. They’ve never been at their best by October,” he points out. “It’s a long, gradual grind toward that post-Thanksgiving run, the one that always leads inevitably to their annual playoff voyage. So the Patriots don’t just trust the process. They believe they are the process.”
A WEEI.com scribe, though, writes that the Patriots shouldn’t be too satisfied with this victory over Chicago.
“In all, the Patriots finished with seven penalties for 64 yards, which comes a week after not committing a single penalty in the win over the Chiefs.
Offensively, the team technically scored just 24 points thanks to the two special teams touchdowns, but that isn’t bad going against the fourth-ranked defense in the league in terms of points allowed. With that being said, [QB Tom] Brady wasn’t satisfied, mostly because of the turnovers.
“The Patriots turned the ball over three times in the game, bringing their total to 13 on the year. This comes after having 12 all of last year.”
The Boston Sports Journal is highly critical of New England’s defense following the win in the Windy City.
“The Patriots have played some embarrassing defense of late. And something’s not right about it. And you can start with this: they’re getting worse, not better.”
For a feel-good report on this game, NBC Sports Boston recounts how special teams co-captain Matthew Slater gave returner Cordarrelle Patterson a pep-talk just before Patterson’s 95-yard KOR for a TD.
“He’s the best kickoff returner in the league. He just needed to hear that,” said Slater in this piece. “He’s the best kickoff returner in the league. Someone needed to tell him we had his back, we had full confidence in him, and I just wanted him to make sure that he remembered that.”
The Boston Herald aslo has good things to write about WR Josh Gordon’s first 100-yard receiving effort as a Patriot, while The Providence Journal focuses on the up-and-down play of rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson yesterday in Chicago.