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5-2, 1st in AFC East
No structural damage found in Michel's knee (0:49)
21hMike Reiss

Source: Pats' Michel avoids significant injury

Sony Michel will be week-to-week for the Patriots after an MRI revealed no structural damage to his knee, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On RB Sony Michel, ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed the following context from a source close to the situation: "Expect it will be a little bit but not overly serious. Won't know until they look at it Monday." Michel is walking without the aid of crutches on Monday morning, and is described by those close to him as being in good spirits.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots players earned a "Victory Monday" from Bill Belichick and aren't required back at the facility for meetings until Wednesday. The fact the Patriots play a Monday night game in Week 8 might also be a factor in Bill Belichick's decision.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: WR depth chart reflects rise of Josh Gordon (61), who was in top-2 pairing with Julian Edelman (63). Then Chris Hogan (42), Phillip Dorsett (8) and Cordarrelle Patterson (6) round things out.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Rotation of sorts at CB spot opposite Stephon Gilmore was a new development, with Jason McCourty (55) and J.C. Jackson (31) splitting time. That is a season high for Jackson.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

The top 5 team pass protection performances of the week through the 4pm games in week 7 based on our new Pass Block Win Rate (PBWR) metric are: 1) Ravens 79% PBWR, 2) Patriots 77%, 3) Colts 73%, 4) Browns 72%, 5) Lions 71%. You can bank on their opponents being in the bottom 5 in Pass Rush Win Rate. [PBWR uses player tracking from Next Gen Stats.]

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2dMike Reiss

Bears' Hail Mary comes up 1 yard short vs. Pats

The Patriots escaped Chicago with a 38-31 victory on Sunday after they successfully kept Bears receiver Kevin White out of the end zone following a 62-yard heave from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Patterson, Van Noy proud of special teams' TDs (0:42)
Brady, Pats on Bears' Hail Mary attempt (1:04)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

James White's 11 rushing attempts set a new career high and his 40 rushing yards were his third-most (45, Super Bowl L; and 44, 2018 Week 4). He's on pace for 328.9 PPR fantasy points and 103 receptions.

Michel carted off field with apparent knee injury (0:39)
Patriots return blocked punt for TD (0:38)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots CB Eric Rowe sustained a groin injury in the third quarter, and his return was announced as questionable by the team. Rowe had a prior groin injury that sidelined him three games. He appeared frustrated on the sideline. Rowe was utilized Sunday in a specific nickel package and in the dime package.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
2dMike Reiss

RB Michel helped off field, ruled out of Pats' win

After taking a hit while running from Bears tackle Bilal Nichols, Patriots running back Sony Michel required help getting to the sideline and was ruled out of the second half.

Patterson burns Bears' defense for 95-yard kickoff return TD (0:34)
Edelman fights through Bears' defense for early TD (0:24)

Team Stats

Passing Yards260.314th
Rushing Yards120.913th
Points For30.64th
Points Against25.620th