Middle linebacker Mike Singletary had three sacks and intercepted a pass today, leading the Chicago Bears to a 20-7 victory over New England.

The Patriots (1-1) crossed midfield once -- to the 49 at the end of the first half -- until Tony Eason hit Craig James with a 90-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Jim McMahon threw a 32-yard pass to Dennis McKinnon for a touchdown on the Bears' first possession and set up a one-yard touchdown run by Matt Suhey with a 43-yard pass to Willie Gault before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter because of a stiff neck. Walter Payton left the game in the third quarter because of bruised ribs after gaining 39 yards in 11 attempts.

Kevin Butler kicked field goals of 21 and 28 yards, the second set up by Singletary's 23-yard interception return to the New England 19.

The Bears (2-0) made six sacks and three interceptions. The Eason-to-James pass with 9:03 left was the longest pass in Patriots history and at Soldier Field.

The Bears led, 10-0, at the half and made it 17-0 on Suhey's plunge with 4:16 left in the third quarter. Three plays later, Singletary intercepted and Butler followed with his 28-yarder.

The Bears dominated the first half but scored only on their first and last possessions.7 Chicago 7 3 10 0 20 First Period

C -- McKinnon 32 pass from McMahon (Butler kick), 3:03 Second Period

C -- FG Butler 21, 14:23 Third Period

C -- Suhey 1 run (Butler kick), 10:44

C -- FG Butler 28, 13:38 Fourth Period

NE -- James 90 pass from Eason (Franklin kick), 5:57

A -- 60,533 Patriots Bears First downs 10 18 Rushes-yards 16-27 44-160 Passing yards 179 209 Return yards 15 18 Passing 15-35-3 13-23-1 Sacks by-yards 3-23 6-55 Punts-average 11-47 8-37 Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 8-70 2-10 Time of possession 22:35 37:25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- New England: Collins 7-19, James 7-5, Weathers 2-3. Chicago: Payton 11-39, Sanders 10-37, Suhey 9-36, Thomas 5-22, Gentry 4-10, Fuller 1-8, McMahon 3-8, McKinnon 1-0.

PASSING -- New England: Eason 15-35-3, 234 yards. Chicago: McMahon 13-21-1, 232, Fuller 0-1-0, 0, Payton 0-1-0, 0.

RECEIVING -- New England: Ramsey 5-51, D. Williams 3-46, Collins 3-16, Jones 2-26, James 1-90, Morgan 1-5. Chicago, McKinnon 5-73, Wrightman 2-74, Moorhead 2-25, Margerum 2-16, Gault 1-43, Payton 1-1.