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Bears begin prepping to face Patriots

Three days after their disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's road game against the New England Patriots.

Playing their fifth contest away from home in the last seven weeks, the Bears (3-4) will look to improve to 4-1 on the road and climb back to the .500 mark overall.

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Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will lead the Bears into New England to face the Patriots Sunday.
The Bears trail the all-time series with the Patriots 8-4 and have won just one of seven meetings since defeating New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX on Jan. 26, 1986.

Since a Week 4 loss to the Chiefs, the Patriots (5-2) have won three straight games and 12 consecutive home contests, the longest current streak in the NFL. New England's last lost at home was to the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 16, 2012.

The Bears lost their last meeting to the Patriots 36-7 at Soldier Field on Dec. 12, 2010. New England scored 26 points in the second quarter in surging to a 33-0 halftime lead, the largest halftime deficit in Bears history. Tom Brady passed for 369 yards with two touchdowns and a 113.4 passer rating.

In two career games against the Patriots, Jay Cutler has completed 29 of 52 passes for 320 yards with one TD, four interceptions and a 48.6 passer rating. He's currently ranked fourth in the NFL with 177 completions, sixth with 1,866 yards, tied for fifth with 14 TDs and 12th with a 94.4 passer rating.

The Bears rank 17th in the NFL in offense (24th rushing and 10th passing) and 17th in defense (14th against the run and tied for 19th versus the pass). The Patriots rank 18th in offense (20th rushing and 15th passing) and 12th in defense (24th versus the run and 1st versus the run).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach Marc Trestman will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive end Jared Allen, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be available Wednesday, while Cutler, Kyle Long and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will speak Thursday.

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