After four straight weeks of divisional battles, “Monday Night Football” takes on a much different tone in Week 7.
This Monday, the Bears and Patriots go head-to-head for the first time since 2018 and just the 14th time ever in the regular season. The series between the franchises dates to 1973 and also includes Chicago’s rout of New England in Super Bowl 20.
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The Patriots enter with the momentum of a two-game win streak fueled by the play of rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, who, in the absence of the injured Mac Jones, has stepped up for New England in Weeks 5 and 6. Despite Zappe’s strong play, on Monday it was reported that Jones will be the team’s starter this week as he makes his return from a high ankle sprain.
In case there was any confusion, the Patriots will start QB Mac Jones tonight, per source. It’ll be his first action since suffering a high ankle sprain four weeks ago.
Bailey Zappe will back Jones up.
Chicago, on the other hand, has lost three in a row, including a disappointing prime-time loss to Washington on “Thursday Night Football” in Week 6. After scoring just seven points in the loss, the Bears’ offense ranks 31st in the NFL at 15.5 points per game. Second-year quarterback Justin Fields has struggled this season, thanks largely to being sacked a league-high tying 23 times.
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In addition to the respective current streaks, the Patriots enter Monday night having won each of their last five meetings with the Bears.
If you’re looking to tune in to Bears vs. Patriots without cable, The Sporting News has you covered with streaming information below.
The “Monday Night Football” game between the Bears and Patriots will air on ESPN and ESPN2. It can be streamed online at ESPN.com, on the ESPN app or with a subscription to ESPN+.
Cord-cutters can stream “Monday Night Football” with fuboTV, which carries the ESPN family of networks and offers a free trial. FuboTV also carries CBS, Fox, NBC and NFL Network, so users will be able to watch most locally broadcast NFL games.
The main broadcast of “Monday Night Football” will air on ESPN. It will feature Joe Buck as the play-by-play announcer alongside analyst Troy Aikman in the booth. Lisa Salters will report from the sideline.
After a two-week hiatus, “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” is back. Viewers can use the above streaming options to watch Peyton and Eli Manning’s alternate “Manningcast” which will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
ESPN is the home of “Monday Night Football” again in 2022. Viewers will be able to stream the series on ESPN’s website and app in addition to the streaming services below.
If you don’t have cable but still want to watch “Monday Night Football,” you can stream the game by signing up for ESPN+.