The Chicago Bears are coming off an impressive 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but now they are set to face an under-the-radar team, who has won three straight games, in the Carolina Panthers.
Even though the Panthers don’t have big-name players like they used to (Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, and Greg Olsen) and former head coach Ron Rivera, the offense is ranked sixth in yards per game and the defense is 13th in points allowed per game. The issue for the Panthers offensively is getting points on the board as they’re ranked 20th in the league.
New Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been efficient as a full-time starter heading into Sunday’s contest against the Bears with 1,460 passing yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions as he’s completing 73.4% of his throws. The Panthers have been winning without their star running back Christian McCaffrey, but former Bears running back Mike Davis has been carrying the load.
Bears quarterback Nick Foles bounced back after a rough performance against the Indianapolis Colts. Against the Buccaneers, Foles led some solid drives for the Bears but still showed inconsistency. The Panthers defense has been underrated all season and the Bears offense can’t take them lightly.
The Panthers have built a solid ball club after going through a lot of changes. The Bears are going to have to find a way to establish the run with David Montgomery as the Panthers come in as the seventh-worst run defense among yards and the fourth-best in passing yards allowed. It seems like it could be a defensive game and could come down to the wire, but the way the Bears have handled these types of situations, they could come out on top again.