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No matter how dominant Chicago Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is Blue Khalil Mack Jersey , New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to make one thing clear.He's no L.T."Wait a minute, we're talking about Lawrence Taylor now," Belichick said Wednesday. "Yeah, I'm not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor's class. So, you can put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players now, but we're talking about Lawrence Taylor."The Patriots visit the Bears this week and that means Belichick will get an up-close look at one of the game's top outside linebackers, assuming Mack is ready to play after injuring his ankle last week.Belichick knows the Patriots could have their hands full with a two-time All-Pro and havoc-wreaking edge rusher who has energized a struggling franchise. He's just not ready to place Mack 鈥?or anyone else 鈥?on Taylor's level."He's already had a huge impact on the Bears' defense in the first five games," said Belichick who was Taylor's position coach and then defensive coordinator with the New York Giants."So, I'm not taking anything away from him. You're talking about Lawrence Taylor, you're talking about probably the greatest defensive player in the history of the game. So, I think it's a little early. I mean, look, I wouldn't put anybody in Lawrence Taylor's category. Not that I've seen. And I've seen a lot of great players."Whether Mack will play this week is up in the air after he was injured in an overtime loss at Miami. He did not practice Wednesday, and coach Matt Nagy said he is day to day.Mack was hurt early in the game against the Dolphins and his 2018 streak of at least one sack and one forced fumble in each game ended. Playing without him would be a huge blow, particularly with Tom Brady and the Patriots visiting on Sunday."We're just going to continue to keep an eye on it and make sure whatever we do, we're more cautious than anything," Nagy said. "I believe in that and I think it's important to go that route."Mack has not missed a game since Oakland drafted him with the No. 5 overall pick in 2014. Chicago acquired him from the Raiders just before the start of the season, after he held out the entire offseason and preseason trying to secure a long-term deal rather than play under the final season of his rookie contract. Mack and the Bears then agreed to a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees $90 million.The trade for Mack has boosted a franchise with four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North. Despite the loss at Miami, the Bears (3-2) remain in sole possession of the division lead for the first time since late in the 2013 season. But the defense wasn't the same against the Dolphins with Mack at less than 100 percent.The pass rush never got to Miami quarterback Brock Osweiler Youth Trey Burton Jersey , and the Bears' league-best run defense was trampled by 35-year-old running back Frank Gore for 101 of Miami's 161 yards rushing.Missed tackles on Albert Wilson contributed to two shorter passes going for long touchdowns to cap off a rough game in the heat for the Bears."I guess it happens every once in a while, not maybe to that extent, to have that much of an impact on a game," said cornerback Kyle Fuller, who had two interceptions. "But it's one of those things we just learn from it and move forward."NOTES: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), WR Allen Robinson (groin) and LG Eric Kush (neck) were limited in practice. DB Marcus Cooper (hamstring) did not participate.AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report. Linebacker Khalil Mack broke into a wide grin when it was pointed out the Chicago Bears defense didn't need him for a second straight week."Ha, I might be looking for another job here soon," Mack told The Associated Press.Sidelined by a right ankle injury, Mack had plenty of reason to joke.He had just finished watching his teammates force four turnovers, including two returned for touchdowns 3陆 minutes apart in the second quarter of a 41-9 rout over the Bills in what proved to be another comedy of errors for Buffalo's anemic offense on Sunday.Sandwiched between Jordan Howard's two touchdown runs, Eddie Jackson scored on a 65-yard fumble return and Leonard Floyd returned a tipped pass during Chicago's decisive 28-point second-quarter surge."It's always great to go out and perform the way we did," linebacker Roquan Smith said. "We definitely did focus on getting the ball out, and we knew when they do come, they come in bunches. So that was one of the main things."The only disappointment, perhaps, was becoming Buffalo's first opponent in three weeks to give up a Bills touchdown. It didn't happen until quarterback Nathan Peterman scored on a 1-yard run with 5:41 left.It was the first TD run the Bears have allowed this season, and it ended the Bills' touchdown drought at 187 minutes and 19 seconds — dating to Peterman's 16-yard pass to Zay Jones in a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14.The Bears, coming off a 24-10 win over the New York Jets, won their second in a row and improved to 5-3 to match their best start to a season through eight games since 2013.And the Bears are winning without Mack, the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-kyle-fuller-jersey , who was acquired in a trade from Oakland just before the start of the season.The Bills are going from bad to worse in losing their fourth straight, and dropping to 2-7 — their worst record through nine games since a 1-8 start in 2010.Buffalo hasn't topped 10 points five times this season, and the four turnovers were one short of a season-worst. The Bills had five in a 37-5 loss at Indianapolis two weeks ago."I've never been on a losing streak like this," receiver Kelvin Benjamin said. "I'm frustrated now. I'm going to go home and be frustrated, but tomorrow once I come back in, try to brush it off my shoulders and get ready for the Jets."Peterman threw three interceptions in his first start since a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore. The Bills had no choice but to return to the second-year player with rookie Josh Allen missing his third game with a sprained throwing elbow and Derek Anderson sidelined by a concussion.Peterman continued playing down to his turnover-prone reputation , though two of the interceptions weren't entirely his fault.Newly signed receiver Terrelle Pryor caught Peterman's pass and lost control as he turned up field, with the ball landing in defensive back Adrian Amos' hands.Three snaps into Buffalo's next possession, Peterman's hard pass over the middle struck Jones in the hand and bounced directly to Floyd, who returned it for a touchdown."I don't see anybody who's not trying to give it their all," Jones said. "That's just the most discouraging thing about the whole situation right now is that the effort is there."But is the talent?Coach Sean McDermott responded defiantly when asked if the Bills have enough talent on offense to compete."I believe we do," he said.The Bills have been outscored 157-46 in their past six.Peterman finished 31 of 49 for 187 yards and the second-year player has now thrown 13 interceptions on 133 career attempts, including playoffs.Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky finished 12 for 20 for 135 yards with a 2-yard touchdown to tight end Trey Burton and an interception.QUIET McCOYBills running LeSean McCoy remains stuck in neutral, and didn't stick around to talk about an outing in which he managed just 10 yards rushing on 10 carries, and six days after he had 13 yards on 12 carries in a 26-5 loss to New England. McCoy, who declined interview requests this week, was spotted exiting the locker room before reporters were allowed to enter.TURNOVERSThe Bills have now turned the ball over 22 times, including 16 interceptions.The Bears entered the game ranking second in the NFL with 11 interceptions and 17 takeaways.INJURIESBears: TE Dion Sims was being evaluated for a concussion. ... WR Taylor Gabriel did not return after hurting his leg. Coach Matt Nagy said Gabriel is fine.Bills: TE Charles Clay hurt his hamstring in the first half and did not return. ... Backup RB Chris Ivory favored his left arm while being escorted off the field after being stopped for no gain on first-and-goal from the 1 with 6:27 remaining.UP NEXTBears: Host Detroit on Sunday in the first of three straight against NFC North rivals.Bills: At New York Jets on Sunday.



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