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Patriots Vs. Bears: How To Watch, Stream, Listen, And More: A Complete Guide

As usual, there are plenty of different ways to watch the game for all types of viewers. Here’s an updated, compiled list of how you can get in on the action for Monday’s game between the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears.

The New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears are scheduled to face off this Monday Night. Here we go again, everybody! It’s time for another Monday Night Football game that nobody besides the fans of the two teams playing will want to watch. Luckily for us, as Patriots fans, this game does have some semblance of meaning. At this point in the season, it could ultimately end up being important in what’s sure to be a tight divisional race heading into the playoffs and serve as a chance for the Patriots to have a winning record.

Bears fans probably think they still have a shot at the playoffs, especially given how close their losses have been. I’m happy for them. It’s good to be optimistic. I’ve also tried to stay cautiously optimistic about the Patriots’ chances this season, and things are looking really good now. Maybe it will work out for the Bears this year. Who knows? Probably not, but maybe. There have been less likely teams that have gone on to win Super Bowls (*cough2001patriotscough*).

A clash of teams that are 3-3 and 2-4 certainly won’t look exciting on paper to most, and realistically it’s not going to be the best game of all time, but I’m prepared to make an argument that this could end up being one of the most interesting games of the year. Before I conclude with said argument, here are all the ways you can get into the action for Monday’s Patriots game:

Broadcast

Date: October 24th, 2022

Time: 8:15 PM ET

Television

This week’s game will be broadcast on ESPN nationally with commentary by Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color commentary), and Lisa Salter (sideline).

It can be seen locally on NBC Boston Channel 10.

Streaming Options

You can stream the game on FuboTV (Free trial available).

You can stream the game on NFL+ (Free trial available).

Out-of-Market Fans can watch the game via NFL Sunday Ticket.

International Viewers can access a stream of the game via NFL Game Pass.

YOU CANNOT STREAM THE GAME ON ESPN+

Additionally, the Game will be broadcast on Patriots.com: “as Patriots Editor-in-Chief Fred Kirsch offers his live commentary on all the action. Plus, get live stats, score updates, highlights, and more.” – Patriots.com. This is a newer option and likely available for local viewers only, though I cannot confirm either way.

Radio

Per usual, the game will be broadcast over AM/FM radio through 98.5 The Sports Hub. A list of all 33 local New England radio stations broadcasting the game can be found here.

SiriusXM App: 821 (NE), 805 (CHI) | SiriusXM: 225 (NE), 226 (CHI)

Mac Jones And Bailey Zappe

Far too often in today’s NFL, the narrative being provided by the surrounding media is iron-clad, and stories about exciting upcoming match-ups are talked about for sometimes up to months beforehand. They hype that stuff up as much as they can typically. Mahomes Vs. Allen, Brady Vs. Rodgers, Russell Wilson Vs. The Seahawks (welp). The league will take any excuse they can to make a big deal out of anything to garner interest.

Enter the upcoming game this Monday night between the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears. There’s plenty to sell here, but the main story will undoubtedly be the return of the mack, Mac Jones. Suppose Mac Jones plays a good game here for the Patriots. In that case, it could be a memorable and important game, in terms of him establishing himself, and could eventually become a pleasant memory from the beginning of his long-term legacy.

However, it could also prove to be the opposite. If Mac Jones comes back from his injury and starts this game, only to put up some sort of disastrous results, ensuingly gets benched, replaced with Bailey Zappe, and never plays another down for this team Drew Bledsoe style, this will certainly be a game that goes lives on in Boston Sports infamy. You know how we are. Bill Buckner literally had to move his family.

The entirety of this young man’s career could potentially be on the line tonight. The culmination of everything he’s worked his entire life for. It’s absolutely profound to think that you could work towards something for the first 24 years of your life, get to the moment that you were working towards, and then have it all ripped away in the span of two hours, perhaps because you fumbled once and threw three unlucky interceptions or some other similar hypothetical scenario. But unfortunately, that’s just how the game is sometimes.

With a seemingly capable backup QB in Bailey Zappe, I would not expect for one second that Bill Belichick would hesitate to make the swap if things started to get out-of-hand concerning QB play. What would it take for Bill to bench Mac Jones? I’d say four turnovers. If Mac Jones can avoid having four turnovers, he should be ok to play the next game, at least, regardless of whether he wins or loses this game against the Bears. If he fumbles twice and throws two picks, it’s Zappe time.

Consider what I said about Mac’s entire life leading up to this moment and having it ripped away possibly. On the other end of this spectrum, Bailey Zappe has also worked his entire life to lead up to these moments, and it could be the start of a special career for him as well should he end up earning the starting job this week or in the coming weeks. It will be super exciting to observe what becomes of these two QBs over the coming season. That’s why this game won’t suck.

I personally love both of them. I don’t want to see Mac Jones do anything but succeed, but I also don’t want Bailey Zappe never to get another opportunity as a starter. That would seem like a tragedy. Perhaps they could both get snaps or even be used situationally… though that seems unlikely, considering they both possess similar skill sets.

Either way, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably anxious to see how this QB thing turns out, and this game may very well be the most important game in determining/deciding what happens. I can’t think of a better reason to tune in and watch. Also, Justin Fields is a QB.

Go Pats!

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