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CSN announces Blackhawks/2015 Stanley Cup Final on-air/online coverage details

CSN announces Blackhawks/2015 Stanley Cup Final on-air/online coverage details

“Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live” coverage (hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd & Jamal Mayers with featured coverage provided by

Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer & CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers) before & after EVERY Stanley Cup Final Game!

“2015 Stanley Cup Final Media Day” LIVE from Tampa Bay to air on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com (and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app) at 1:00 PM CT TOMORROW!

“Road to a Dynasty” segments to provide fans with extended highlights, interviews & expert analysis nightly within “SportsNet Central”;

expanded game preview coverage, interviews & discussion to air on “SportsTalk Live” weeknights at 5:00/5:30 PM!

CSNChicago.com to live stream every edition of “Blackhawks Pre/Post Game Live” (also available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app),

along with video highlights from every game, an interactive “Blackhawks Pulse” social media page, and extensive post-game reports from Myers and Stuckmeyer 

 

Chicago, IL (June 1, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com, the television & digital homes for the most comprehensive local coverage of the 2015 NHL Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to bring fans even more wall-to-wall coverage throughout the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with comprehensive editions of Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live and Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Fordbefore & after EVERY Blackhawks-Tampa Bay Lightning match-up, along with 24/7 multi-platform coverage and enhanced social media interaction throughout the championship series. 

Comcast SportsNet’s extensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final begins TOMORROW (Tuesday, June 2) at 1:00 PM CT with LIVE coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final Media Day from Tampa Bay, which will feature the official series kick-off press conference with Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and numerous Blackhawks players, including Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane among others.  Stanley Cup Media Day coverage will also be streamed live on CSNChicago.com and will be made available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Stanley Cup Media Day coverage tomorrow night at 11:00 PM immediately following GMC SportsNet Central.

Comcast SportsNet begins its Stanley Cup Final Game 1 coverage Wednesday at 5:00 PM with a special edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, featuring host David Kaplan and a panel of local/national NHL experts, along with live talkback interviews with special guests who will be at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay.  At 6:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will continue its extensive Stanley Cup Final coverage with SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business, which will lead into a thorough Game 1 preview on Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live at 6:30 PM, showcasing hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with the latest pre-game updates/analysis, plus detailed pre-game reports from CSN’s Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer and CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers.  Following Game 1 on Wednesday, fans can look forward to an expanded edition of Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Fordhosted by Boyle/Konroyd/Mayers, along with in-depth post-game reports from Stuckmeyer & Myers. Every edition of Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Fordwill feature the live post-game press conference featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, plus - live locker room interviews with Blackhawks and Lightning players, and a thorough breakdown of every key goal, save and play.  NOTES: Following Game 1, Blackhawks Postgame Live will air on CSN+ beginning at approx. 9:45 PM and will be joined in progress on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location immediately following White Sox Postgame Live (exact channel locations available at CSNChicago.com)…plus, every edition of Blackhawks Pre/Post Game Live will also be streamed LIVE on CSNChicago.com and will be made available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

Throughout the Stanley Cup Final, fans are urged to tune into SportsNet Central’s “Road to a Dynasty” comprehensive Stanley Cup Final nightly segments at 6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight on Comcast SportsNet showcasing numerous highlights, interviews, analysis, and comprehensive game reviews/previews.

Fans can get their Stanley Cup Final coverage underway starting at 9:00 AM each weekday morning on Comcast SportsNet with Kap & Haugh (hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh).  Kap & Haugh will provide viewers with the latest Stanley Cup Final discussion, debate, special guests and much more.

Weekday afternoons during the Stanley Cup Final on Comcast SportsNet, fans can tune into SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado.  Featuring host David Kaplan and a panel of local/national NHL experts and special guests, viewers can look forward to hearing the panel discuss/debate the hottest topics surrounding the Blackhawks third trip to the Stanley Cup Final in just six years.

From an online perspective, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive 24/7 Blackhawks-Lightning Stanley Cup Final content coverage including the following:

  • CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY edition of “Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live” and EVERY Blackhawks postgame press conference (sponsored by Xfinity) LIVE providing insider access to coach Joel Quenneville and Blackhawks players addressing the media as it happens.
  • CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will be on-site for EVERY home and road Stanley Cup Final game filing stories and video for each game and team practices, plus Myers will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @TramyersCSN throughout the series, as will CSNChicago.com digital producers Scott Krinch (@scottiekrinch) and Charlie Roumeliotis (@croumeliotis) for home games for the network’s @CSNBlackhawks Twitter handle.
  • Video highlights from every Stanley Cup Final game, including in-game highlights after each period.  Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Blackhawks Postgame Live” presented by Hawk Ford team.
  • “Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “Blackhawks Pulse” aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #HawksTalk. For additional 24/7 team updates on Twitter, fans are urged to follow @CSNBlackhawks.
  • BlackhawksTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Blackhawks news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. BlackhawksTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk, BearsTalk, ChiFireTalk, PrepsTalk, IrishTalk and B1GTalk, which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSNChicago.com’s new state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded Stanley Cup Final content through daily and weekly shows and segments.
  • CSNChicago.com’s Blackhawks content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships, including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, Yahoo! Sports and Xfinity.com.
  • Expanded coverage from Pat Boyle and Luke Stuckmeyer, CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks reporting team will provide pre-game and post-game coverage, along with digital content contribution and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the playoffs.  Follow them on Twitter @CSNBoyle and @LukeStuckmeyer.
  • CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the playoffs to provide fans in-depth player interviews and features plus behind-the-scenes access to everything going on and off-the-ice within the Blackhawks organization. 

Note the following game-by-game breakdown of Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final:

BLACKHAWKS vs. LIGHTNING 2015 STANLEY CUP FINAL COVERAGE ON COMCAST SPORTSNET 

Game 1: Wednesday, June 3 (Blackhawks at Lightning)

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan featuring live reports and special guests from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay

6:00 PM – SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business – Expanded Blackhawks-Lightning Game 1 preview, along with a White Sox-Rangers game preview (airing at 7:00 PM on CSN) and much more from the day in sports.

6:30 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special edition pre-game show hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with special reports from Tampa Bay provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer (NOTE: also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

9:45 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) - Complete Game 1 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with live reports from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay (NOTES: to air live on CSN+HD, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details…to be joined in progress on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location immediately following White Sox baseball coverage…also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Game 1 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS at LIGHTNING GAME 1 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM…GAME 1 REPLAY TO AIR ON COMCAST SPORTSNET THURSDAY, JUNE 3 AT 3:00 PM)

Game 2: Saturday, June 6 (Blackhawks at Lightning)

5:30 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special edition pre-game show hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with special reports from Tampa Bay provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer (NOTE: also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

9:00 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) - Complete Game 2 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with live reports from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay (NOTES: to air live on CSN+HD, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details…to be joined in progress on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location immediately following Chicago Fire soccer coverage at 9:30 PM…also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

10:00 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Game 2 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS at LIGHTNING GAME 2 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 6:15 PM…GAME 2 REPLAY TO AIR ON COMCAST SPORTSNET SUNDAY, JUNE 7 at 7:00 PM & MONDAY, JUNE 8 at 2:30 PM)

Game 3: Monday, June 8 (Blackhawks vs. Lightning)

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan LIVE from the United Center

6:00 PM – SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business – Expanded Blackhawks-Lightning Game 3 preview, along with a White Sox-Astros game preview (airing at 7:00 PM on CSN) and much more from the day in sports.

6:30 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from the United Center hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with special reports provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer (NOTE: also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

9:45 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) - Complete Game 3 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers LIVE from the United Center (NOTES: to air live on CSN+HD, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details…to be joined in progress on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location immediately following White Sox baseball coverage…also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Game 3 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS vs. LIGHTNING GAME 3 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBCSN AT 7:00 PM…GAME 3 REPLAY TO AIR ON COMCAST SPORTSNET TUESDAY, JUNE 9 AT 2:30 PM)

Game 4: Wednesday, June 10 (Blackhawks vs. Lightning)

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan LIVE from the United Center

6:30 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from the United Center hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with special reports provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer (NOTES: to air live on CSN+HD, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details…also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

9:45 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) - Complete Game 4 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers LIVE from the United Center (NOTE: also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Game 3 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS vs. LIGHTNING GAME 4 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBCSN AT 7:00 PM…GAME 4 REPLAY TO AIR ON COMCAST SPORTSNET THURSDAY, JUNE 11 AT 3:00 PM)

IF NECESSARY -- Game 5: Saturday, June 13 (Blackhawks at Lightning)

6:30 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Tampa Bay hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with special reports provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer (NOTES: to air live on CSN+HD, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details…also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

9:45 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) - Complete Game 5 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers LIVE from Tampa Bay (NOTE: also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Game 5 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS at LIGHTNING GAME 5 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM…GAME 5 REPLAY AIR/DATE TIME ON COMCAST SPORTSNET TBA)

IF NECESSARY -- Game 6: Monday, June 15 (Blackhawks vs. Lightning)

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan LIVE from the United Center

6:00 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special, one-hour expanded pre-game show LIVE from the United Center hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with special reports provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer (NOTES: to air live on CSN+HD, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details…also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

9:45 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) - Complete Game 6 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers LIVE from the United Center (NOTE: also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Game 6 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS vs. LIGHTNING GAME 6 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM…GAME 6 REPLAY AIR/DATE TIME ON COMCAST SPORTSNET TBA)

IF NECESSARY -- Game 7: Wednesday, June 17 (Blackhawks at Lightning)

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado– Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan featuring live reports and special guests from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay

6:00 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special, one-hour edition pre-game show LIVE from Tampa Bay hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with special reports provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer (NOTES: to air live on CSN+HD, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details…also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

9:45 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) - Complete Game 7 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers LIVE from Tampa Bay (NOTE: also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app)

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Game 7 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS at LIGHTNING GAME 7 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM…GAME 7 REPLAY AIR/DATE TIME ON COMCAST SPORTSNET TBA)

(NOTE: Additional on-air/online Stanley Cup Final coverage details will be made available on CSNChicago.com over the course of the next two weeks.)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

Mark Lazerus and Hub Arkush join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Corey Crawford’s return and what it means for the team’s playoff chances.

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Three reasons why the Bears' offense should have success against the Patriots' defense

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Three reasons why the Bears' offense should have success against the Patriots' defense

Every team will try to scheme against what its opponent does best. Not every team does it as well as Bill Belichick consistently has in his Hall of Fame tenure as the coach of the New England Patriots. 
 
This is what Belichick is famous for, beyond the five Super Bowl trophies and historic partnership with Tom Brady. That thing your team’s offense does best? He’s going to take it away. 
 
That can create a mental challenge for an opposing coach during the week. Do you focus on doing something other than what your offense does best because Belichick is going to identify and scheme against it, or do you try to accentuate what you do best so it can’t be taken away? 
 
“That’s that whole chasing the cat’s tail thing,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “All of the sudden you start out-thinking to yourself, ‘What the heck?’ That’s the mystique, and that’s what they do. They’ve earned that over time because of the success they’ve had. 
 
“When you don’t go too crazy with that and balance it and control what you can control. Then in the end, win, lose or draw, no matter what, you at least feel good you approached it the right way, and you weren’t, ‘Oh shoot, I should have done this. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.’”
 
When Taylor Gabriel and the Atlanta Falcons faced the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, everybody on that team knew Belichick would do what he could to take Julio Jones out of the game. But that didn’t make preparations any easier. 
 
“We knew he was going to take away Julio, but we didn’t know how he was going to do it,” Gabriel said. “So it’s just just something you kind of have to adjust to when you get in the game.”
 
Jones only had four catches in that game, and the Falcons were able to quickly adjust to how he was taken away — though it wasn’t enough to keep them from a historic collapse and ultimate overtime loss. 
 
Tight end Dion Sims played New England eight times during his four years with the Miami Dolphins, and came away with a healthy respect for the scheme and the players on that defense. 
 
“They’re fundamentally sound, they got good coaching over there, a good staff,” Sims said. “You gotta be prepared because they come out and they play their ass off.” 
 
But what should give the Bears confidence they can mentally and physically beat New England’s defense?
 
1. The Patriots’ defense isn’t what it once was
 
The way Bears coaches and players have talked about New England’s defense this week has been with reverence and respect. But lately, the Patriots’ defense production hasn’t quite equalled its reputation. 
 
Maybe it started with Nagy’s Kansas City Chiefs launching 42 points and over 500 yards of offense against New England in 2017’s nationally-televised season opener. Maybe Super Bowl LII, in which the Philadelphia Eagles ripped off 41 points with a backup quarterback, was another turning point. Or maybe the Patriots’ 43-40 win over the Chiefs on Sunday night, which looked more like a Big 12 game than an NFL game, further chipped away at that mystique. 
 
New England’s defense heads to Chicago ranked 18th in points allowed (24.7) and has allowed 400 or more yards of offense in four of six games this year. They’re 19th in defensive DVOA, though Pro Football Focus’ grades do peg this group fourth, behind only the Bears, Rams and Eagles. 
 
What this defense does well is take the ball away, with eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries critical in propping up a defense that isn’t good on third down (44 percent conversion rate, 25th) or in the red zone (68 percent, 26th). But as long as the Bears' ball security is better than its two-turnovers-inside-the-five-yard-line showing in Miami on Sunday, an offense that scored 48 and 28 points in its last two games should be in good shape. 
 
2. Multiple weapons
 
How Belichick schemes against a Bears offense that’s been explosive and productive in its last two weeks will be fascinating to see on Sunday. Maybe it’ll be Tarik Cohen, who Belichick said is “a special player that you gotta know where he is at all times.” Maybe it’ll be making sure Taylor Gabriel doesn’t beat them deep (“The execution on that was like 99 out of 100,” Belichick said of Mitch Trubisky’s 54-yard deep ball to Gabriel against Miami). Or maybe it’ll be dropping seven or eight guys into coverage, spying Trubisky and forcing the second-year Bears quarterback to make good decisions and fit passes into tight windows. Or maybe it’ll be something else entirely. 
 
This goes back to the guessing game, though, and it’s one the Bears can’t allow themselves to play. 
 
“I think you can spend too much time on that,” Nagy said. “I look at that and I think I've said it before, it can be kind of like chasing the cat's tail. You've got to be careful of that and when you just start worrying about what you do — and of course here or there you might so something a little bit different — but if you just start doing things different because of one coach, now you've stopped worrying about just controlling what you can control and I haven't found too much success with that.”
 
The good news for the Bears, though, is they seem to have the multitude of weapons necessary to have success against a Belichick defense. Kansas City showed it on Sunday — when the Patriots took away Kelce, Kareem Hunt racked up 185 yards from scrimmage, while Tyreek Hill gouged New England for 142 yards on seven catches with three touchdowns.
 
So if the plan is to take away Cohen, that could lead to opportunities for Gabriel, or vice versa. Or if the plan is to drop seven or eight into coverage, that would give Jordan Howard an opportunity to carve out yards on the ground.  
 
“They utilize all their players, the backs, the tight ends, the receivers, the quarterback, they all have production, so if you take one away, they just go to the next guy, and that’s hard to defend,” Belichick said. “There are a lot of options on some of those plays, which guy is going to end up with the ball based on a quarterback’s decision, if it’s a check-with me type of play, bubbles and look passes and RPOs and things like that, it’s up to the quarterback to make the right decision and Trubisky’s done a good job of that. I think all those things, they keep getting better and they’re hard to defend.”
 
3. History repeating itself
 
In Nagy’s only meeting with New England as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator, his offense scored 42 points — and that’s a number that has resonated in the Bears’ locker room and practice fields this week.  
 
“You have to go into this game with confidence and know that we’re playing against a great group of guys who’ve been there, been to the Super Bowl and then they also have Tom Brady on the other side,” Sims said. “It’s important that we capitalize on everything and try to be mistake-free.” 
 
“What the defense is giving you is what the offense will take — what good offenses will do,” Gabriel said. “I feel like we have those type of minds up there in the booth and on the field with us to figure out what those guys are doing and how we want to attack it.”
 
The Bears’ offense is young, from the coach to offensive coordinator to most of the players that populate it. Beating New England, even if its defense isn’t what it used to be, would send a message around the league that the Bears are for real. Until the Patriots are dethroned in consecutive years, or even finish a season with fewer than, say, 12 wins, they’re still the Patriots.  
 
But while this team is young, it does have a handful of guys who’ve competed against New England on some of the NFL’s biggest stages. So expect guys like Gabriel, Burton and even Nagy to not allow this team to let facing the Patriots become daunting on Sunday. 
 
“It’s not difficult at all,” Gabriel said of avoiding thinking about that mystique. “Just like this team, we have the weapons to take advantage of those one-on-one matchups. I don’t care what defense you are, you’re going to have a one-on-one matchup somewhere unless you’re dropping everybody. So as long as you’re staying the pace and being confident in what you’re doing, I feel like we’ll be okay.”