Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The injury plagued Carolina Panthers (1-5) travel to the Windy City to take on the upstart Chicago Bears (5-1) at Soldier Field. The Panthers have struggled so far this season after being a favorite to contend for a postseason berth. The Bears have found success this year, sitting atop the NFC North and looking to make a playoff run.
For Carolina, their quarterback has struggled mightily and has not looked the part of an AP Offensive Rookie of the Year winner. His offense hasn't fared much better as the running game has been virtually nonexistent, and the line has struggled with a combination of injuries and youth.
Chicago looks to extend their undefeated streak at home with the Bears defense primed to make Newton's day miserable as well as making the Carolina running game a non-factor. The Chicago rush defense is ranked first in the league, allowing an average of 71.0 yards per game.
This game marks a reunion between Bears defensive end Julius Peppers and his former team, while Carolina head coach Ron Rivera returns to the city where he played linebacker for the Bears and helped bring them a championship.
Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago
Weather: Sun and clouds; 48 degrees
Line: Chicago -7.5
TV: Fox, Direct TV 704, NFL Red Zone
Radio: Sirius XM Radio 112
|Name||Position||Injury||Practice Status||Game Status|
|Antwan Applewhite||DE||Thigh||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|Jon Beason||LB||Knee||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|Dwan Edwards||DT||Hand||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Ben Hartsock||TE||Calf||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Charles Johnson||DE||Hip||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Thomas Keiser||DE||Elbow||Did Not Participate In Practice||Doubtful|
|Captain Munnerlyn||CB||Leg||Full Participation in Practice||
|Jay Cutler||QB||Ribs||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Brody Eldridge||TE||Illness||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Alshon Jeffery||WR||Hand||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|Sherrick McManis||CB||--||Full Participation in Practice||
Fantasy Start 'Em/Sit 'Em
Steve Smith, WR - Start: He has had great success against the Bears defense during the Lovie Smith era and is the only player other than Adrian Peterson who has given Chicago problems.
DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart, RB - Sit: There is no sense in starting either one of these guys because neither has put together a 100-yard game this year and the Bears defense is tops at stopping the run.
Matt Forte, RB - Start: This is a no-brainer as the Carolina defense has not done a good job at containing opposing running backs in 2012.
Chicago DEF/ST - Start: Expect Julius Peppers and company to give the Carolina front a lot of work, and Cam Newton scrambling out of the pocket.
Stand by for more updates during the game and provide any feedback in the comment thread.
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This game was much better than anyone expected. The Panthers were huge underdogs and fought valiantly only to come up short in the closing seconds. The moral of the story: turnovers kill. Tip of the hat to the Chicago Bears for staying in it and not succumbing to the pressure of being behind.
The Panthers are still continuing that trend of losing every game in which Cam Newton throws an interception. He threw two but none more costly than the 4th quarter pick six that put the Bears up by one.
The Carolina defense came to play and harassed Jay Cutler constantly.
The Bears did not look especially sharp offensively and they will need to work on a few things before they take on division rivals and other playoff contending teams.
Carolina finally ditched the read option and the results were positive. If anything they earned a moral victory and perhaps have a confidence about them knowing they can contend with winning teams.
Chicago stays undefeated at home on the year.
Next up: Carolina at Washington/Chicago at Tennesee
End of 3rd Quarter
We haven't spoken too much about the linebackers from Carolina but Luke Kuechly looks like a man possessed. It should be interesting to see what Jon Beason's future in the Queen City looks like when he returns from injury.
Final stanza coming up...can the Panthers hold on or can Jay Cutler pull off a comeback? Stay tuned.
3rd Quarter -7:43
They may not be flashy out there, but Carolina is winning the time of possession battle. Newton is getting the ball to many different receivers and they seem to be able to make big plays when needed most.
Injury: Brandon LaFell took a hard shot and is being tended to by medical staff. Chicago flagged for personal foul.
End of Half
Charles Johnson is having a great game. Actually the entire Carolina defensive front is looking good today. Must be something in the Gatorade. The Panthers go into the half leading but can they hold on for the win?
Closing games out has not been their strong suit this year and the Bears should come out highly charged and fired up in the 3rd quarter.
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