The New England Patriots visit the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on Sunday at 4;15 p.m. This game was flexed by CBS from a 1 p.m. start.
The Patriots (10-2) are 4-2 on the road and 2-0 vs the NFC. The Bears (9-3) are 5-1 at home and 2-0 against the AFC.
As of Wednesday the line on the game from Yahoo! Sports is Patriots minus 3. The over/under is 41.
My prediction is Patriots 24, Bears, 20. Give the points to the Bears and take the over. I am 6-4-2 against the spread and 8 for 12 on calling the over/under in 2010.
Tickets to the game, if available, may be purchased through Ticketmaster. You can check the availability here. When a game is sold out you can also find NFL game tickets through the leagues ticket exchange program.
Getting To The Game
If you’re lucky enough to be going to the game in the Windy City make sure you check out the links.
Here is the up to date weather forecast for the area from weather.com.
Click for all the game day information including stadium directions and parking, stadium information, parking map and a Soldier Field seating chart.
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The DirecTV feed is on Channel 704.
Here's a wonderful Wikipedia page on all the rules for NFL TV broadcasts including explaining the flex scheduling, blackout policies and commercial breaks.
The Patriots Radio Network broadcasts the game from flagship station WBZ-FM, 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston. Gil Santos handles the play-by-play and former Patriot Gino Cappelletti does the color. It all starts with Gary Tanguay, Scott Zolak and Andy Gresh and the pregame show at 10 a.m. along the network. The post game starts after the final gun and continues for three hours.
If you are outside of the broadcast area of the stations on the Patriots Radio Network you can purchase NFL Field Pass which allows you to listen to any NFL game live. You can also pick which teams broadcasters you want to listen to.
All NFL games are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio. The Patriots Radio Network call is available on Channel 90, the Bears Radio Network has Jeff Joniak calling the game while Thom Thayer provides the game analysis with Zach Zaidman doing the sideline reporting. Their call is available on Channel 125. Since the satellite merger XM Satellite Radio also carries all the NFL games and in most cases has just the radio call of the home team. You can catch the Bears radio call (home feed) of game on XM Channel 105.
Sports Radio USA will broadcast the game to a national audience. Larry Kahn and John Robinson will call the game.
Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in-depth features on the team. It's hosted by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV (Boston) and airs weekly in most New England television markets.
Boston - TV 38 and Providence - WNAC Friday at 7p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.; Manchester - WMUR Saturday at midnight; WMTW in Portland Saturday at 5 a.m.; WCTX - Hartford Saturday at 5 p.m.; WFXQ - Springfield Saturday at 7 p.m. and Bangor - WVII Sunday at 11 a.m.
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