Patriot’s Issue: First-round pick is benched in favor of an unfamiliar rookie in a loss

October 25, 2022

On Monday (US time), the Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots 33-14 to earn their first road victory.


Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed 13 of his 21 throws for 179 yards, helping Chicago defeat Foxborough convincingly to snap a run of three consecutive road losses.


With the victory, Chicago raised its record to 3-4, while New England dropped to 3-4 on a stormy night for Bill Belichick’s squad, which is still locked at the bottom of the AFC East division.


The Patriots quarterbacks had been the main topic of conversation leading up to Monday’s game, with starter Mac Jones now starting after missing three games due to an ankle issue.


However, with the Patriots behind 10-0 after a Fields running score and a Cairo Santos field goal, Jones was removed from the game early in the second quarter after flinging an interception to Bears rookie safety Jaquan Brisker.


When Zappe entered the game, it appeared as though the outcome would change. The Patriots’ backup quarterback steered back-to-back touchdown drives to give New England a 14-10 lead.


At the tiny Houston Baptist University, which doesn’t even compete at the highest level of collegiate football, Zappe was the quarterback just two years ago.


He surpassed the FBS single-season throwing records in 2021 after transferring to Western Kentucky, compiling 5,967 yards and 62 TDS in just 14 games.


The Patriots later took Zappe in the 4th round of the NFL Draft, and after a productive spell filling in for Jones during a recent injury, he had a massive game on Tuesday.


Fields connected with Khalil Herbert for a 25-yard touchdown grab before Santos added a field goal to score 20-14 at halftime; this allowed Bailey Zappe, a well-liked Patriots backup, to mount a comeback.


The Bears led 26-14 after two further Santos field goals in the third quarter. David Montgomery scored from one yard out in the fourth quarter to give Chicago the victory.

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