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The Ravens didn't stop the Patriots. The Chargers and their No. 1 defense didn't stop the Patriots. The Steelers' vaunted "D" didn't stop the Patriots. Rex Ryan's Jets didn't stop the Patriots. And now the Bears and Mother Nature join the club.
The Patriots' 45-3 thumping of the Jets made it very clear how good Bill Belichick's club is, but heading into brutal weather conditions against a stingy Bears defense meant the jury was still out.
After scoring 33 first-half points in the snow, there was no question that the Pats are the best team in the NFL.
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With snow, sub-zero wind chills and high winds, most teams would go to the ground. Not Tom Brady's Patriots, who manhandled the Bears 36-7 at Soldier Field. Brady threw the ball 40 times, his third-highest amount of attempts this season. He threw for a season-high 369 yards and has now gone 268 passes without throwing a pick — that streak includes eight games without a pick.
When you watch the Patriots over the past five games, you notice an incredible chemistry between Brady and his receivers, Wes Welker and Deion Branch. The two wideouts are running crisp routes and finding space in zones for Brady to find them. They are also racking up yards after the catch.
Looking at the past five games, Welker leads the league with 36 receptions and Branch is tied for eighth with 28 receptions. Branch is second with 469 receiving yards. The two have combined for 901 receiving yards and eight touchdowns during the streak.
Remember when everyone was afraid of the Patriots' offense succeeding without a deep threat? Well, not to pat myself on the back too much, but I wasn't concerned considering what we saw from the offense to start the season.
Welker and Branch's success has allowed the Patriots to run the ball with ease as well. During the streak, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is gaining 4.5 yards per carry and has five rushing touchdowns.
Since none of the league's top defenses, nor Mother Nature herself could stop the Patriots, who can? They are playing their best football right now, and I haven't even touched on the defense that has created 13 turnovers during the streak. The players are getting better and more used to Bill Belichick's system and the Pats are now clear Super Bowl favorites.
Weather.com has rain and snow showers heading to Foxborough this Sunday. The Patriots have a 10-0 record in snow games under Belichick after the win over the Bears. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.