Dont’a Hightower hopes to step it up against the Bears

New England Patriots

The Patriots defense is playing well right now, and Dont’a Hightower wants to make even more strides in Chicago in Week 7.

Last season was a difficult one for New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who suffered a season-ending injury about halfway through and missed out on New England’s run to Super Bowl LII.

It’s never easy coming back from a serious injury, and even Hightower himself was a little bit frustrated with how he was playing early in the year when the Patriots were getting steamrolled in Jacksonville and Detroit. But they’ve seemingly gotten their heads back on their shoulders, winning their last three games, and the New England defense really stepped up in blowout wins over the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts.

They struggled a bit last week against the Kansas City Chiefs (although Hightower did intercept Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahoems), giving up 40 points in 43-40 win, but it’s pretty darn hard when you’re dealing with the best offense in the league.

Nonetheless, Hightower himself is still making progress and he hopes to keep getting better every week, starting this Sunday when the Patriots take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

“Last week, we played pretty good except for the big plays, which Kansas City is known for that,” Hightower said, via “Chicago can do the same with the skill players they got and the way they can get the ball to all those guys. Obviously just, again, continue to build on last week, play aggressive, play fast, play physical, get everybody to the ball and make big plays.”

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The Patriots went through their typical September slump to start the season 1-2, but they seem to be back on the right track now as they head into late October. The defense is playing well, and quarterback Tom Brady, at age 41, has the offense playing at an elite level. The Patriots are obviously well-coached as always under Bill Belichick and company.

Now they will look to continue their winning streak against a Bears team that features one of the NFL’s toughest defenses.

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