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Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

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The Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers are among the NFL's early surprises.


The teams are riding waves of success as they meet Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.


"We believe in each other," Panthers running back Mike Davis said. "The first two weeks were us, basically, I think just trying to figure out who we were. Now, we just really just want to come in and be the toughest team you can play."


The Panthers (3-2) try to extend their winning streak to four games. They produced a four-game winning stretch last fall before the season went sour.


The Bears (4-1) have found various ways to get the job done so far.


"We don't have any complacency," Bears receiver Allen Robinson II said. "None of our quarterbacks are complacent. Our receivers aren't complacent. Nobody is walking around here satisfied."


The Bears compiled four victories by a combined margin of 13 points, including the 20-19 decision Oct. 8 against visiting Tampa Bay.


The Bears have had a few extra days of preparation before the trip to Charlotte to count their good fortune.


But off-field concerns emerged for Chicago last weekend. Offensive lineman Badara Traore, a member of the Bears' practice squad, became the team's first player to test positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the season.


The Bears adjusted their practice routine this week, with a walkthrough and off-field work Monday. Players had a day off Tuesday.


"We wanted to put everything back on track (for Wednesday)," coach Matt Nagy said.


The Bears are addressing shortcomings on offense. They struggled in the 19-11 home loss Oct. 4 to the Indianapolis Colts. Chicago ranks near the NFL's bottom in scoring, total offense, rushing offense and third-down efficiency.


"None of it is effort. None of it is not caring," Nagy said. "But darn it, when you play in this offense, you better be freaking detailed. And we're not a detailed football team on offense right now. And we need to get that back."


The Bears have used Nick Foles as the starting quarterback the past two games. That puts Mitchell Trubisky likely on the sideline for a return to the state where he played in college as a standout for North Carolina.


The rushing attack tends to have put the Bears on heightened alert. They're averaging 95.4 yards per game on the ground.


"I have a lot of faith in our run game, I really do," Nagy said. "(There are) different ways on how we're going to get back to it. There's no panic at all. We know we can be so much better on offense. It's just putting that thing together. You can't over-think it. ... All that said, the positive in all of this is we're 4-1."


The Panthers have had moments of success on offense despite a stagnant second half with only a field goal in last week's 23-16 victory at Atlanta. Carolina is also staying alert as it relates to the coronavirus due to news of a positive test from a member of the Falcons.


Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has completed 73 percent of his passes for the second-best mark in the NFL.


"We just look at who is the next opponent," Bridgewater said. "We try not to look too far back because this is a new team, so all we can control is just how hard we work each day and we focus on that."


The Panthers haven't allowed a sack in the past two games. They hadn't gone consecutive games without yielding a sack since the third and fourth games of the 2011 season.


"I think it's always all of them," Panthers coach Matt Rhule said of the reason for the protection. "It's also the guys getting open. When guys get open quickly you have a chance to get rid of the ball out of your hand."


Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey is eligible to return after missing three games with a high ankle sprain, but he won't be on the field this weekend.


Stand-in Davis appeared in seven games, including one as a starter, last year for the Bears. Chicago receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is a former Panther.


Davis said he always runs with a chip on his shoulder. That will be the case again this week against his former club. Davis has been productive as a receiver as well, with 30 receptions tying him with Saints running back Alvin Kamara for tops among running backs. He's been difficult to bring down, and might be hard to move out of a big role when McCaffrey is cleared.


"Most of the time I'm just really pissed off when I'm out there," Davis said.


Rhule said Wednesday that defensive tackle Kawann Short will be out due to season-ending shoulder surgery.


Safety Jeremy Chinn, who's Carolina's top tackler, leads all NFL rookies with 43 tackles. Bears backup safety Deon Bush didn't practice Wednesday because of a hamstring ailment.


This is the first meeting between the teams since the Bears won in 2017 in Chicago. The Panthers are 3-1 at home in the series, including a 2014 victory the last time Chicago visited.


--Field Level Media


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Chicago Bears

Carolina Panthers

Player Position Lineup
Rashaad Coward primary: Offensive Linesman Starter
Kyle Fuller primary: Cornerback Starter
Akiem Hicks primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eddie Jackson primary: Safety Starter
Charles Leno Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Khalil Mack primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Bobby Massie primary: Right Tackle Starter
Anthony Miller primary: Wide Receiver Starter
David Montgomery primary: Runningback Starter
Bilal Nichols primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Allen Robinson II primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Buster Skrine primary: Defensive Back Starter
Roquan Smith primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Danny Trevathan primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Cody Whitehair primary: Center Starter
Demetrius Harris primary: Tight End Starter
Jimmy Graham primary: Tight End Starter
Nick Foles primary: Quarterback Starter
Germain Ifedi primary: Right Guard Starter
Robert Quinn primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Jaylon Johnson primary: Cornerback Starter
Tashaun Gipson Sr. primary: Safety Starter
Alex Bars primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
DeAndre Houston-Carson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Joel Iyiegbuniwe primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sherrick McManis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ryan Nall primary: Runningback Substitution
Pat O'Donnell primary: Punter Substitution
Cordarrelle Patterson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Roy Robertson-Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Javon Wims primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Woods primary: Linebacker Substitution
J.P. Holtz primary: Tight End Substitution
Sam Mustipher primary: Center Substitution
James Vaughters primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brent Urban primary: Defensive End Substitution
Patrick Scales primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Barkevious Mingo primary: Linebacker Substitution
Cole Kmet primary: Tight End Substitution
Kindle Vildor primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Darnell Mooney primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Jenkins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Artavis Pierce primary: Runningback Substitution
Ted Ginn Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Cairo Santos primary: Kicker Substitution
Mario Edwards Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Deon Bush primary: Defensive Back Not active
Riley Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Duke Shelley primary: Defensive Back Not active
Mitchell Trubisky primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jason Spriggs primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Trevis Gipson primary: Linebacker Not active
Arlington Hambright primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Player Position Lineup
Brian Burns primary: Defensive End Starter
Mike Davis primary: Runningback Starter
Chris Manhertz primary: Tight End Starter
DJ Moore primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taylor Moton primary: Right Tackle Starter
Matt Paradis primary: Center Starter
Chris Reed primary: Left Guard Starter
Shaq Thompson primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Russell Okung primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tre Boston primary: Free Safety Starter
Juston Burris primary: Strong Safety Starter
John Miller primary: Right Guard Starter
Tahir Whitehead primary: MIKE Linebacker Starter
Stephen Weatherly primary: Defensive End Starter
Zach Kerr primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Teddy Bridgewater primary: Quarterback Starter
Seth Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Robby Anderson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Derrick Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jeremy Chinn primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Troy Pride Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Rasul Douglas primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Armah primary: Fullback Substitution
Jermaine Carter primary: Linebacker Substitution
Corn Elder primary: Cornerback Substitution
Marquis Haynes primary: Defensive End Substitution
Donte Jackson primary: Cornerback Substitution
J.J. Jansen primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Greg Little primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Joey Slye primary: Kicker Substitution
Ian Thomas primary: Tight End Substitution
Brandon Zylstra primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Pharoh Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keith Kirkwood primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Bravvion Roy primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III primary: Cornerback Substitution
Colin Thompson primary: Tight End Substitution
Myles Hartsfield primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Sam Franklin primary: Safety Substitution
Michael Schofield primary: Guard Substitution
Joseph Charlton primary: Punter Substitution
Adarius Taylor primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trenton Cannon primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Stanford primary: Linebacker Substitution
Austin Larkin primary: Defensive End Substitution
Trent Scott primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Efe Obada primary: Defensive End Substitution
Dennis Daley primary: Guard Not active
Will Grier primary: Quarterback Not active
Woodrow Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Curtis Samuel primary: Wide Receiver Not active
P.J. Walker primary: Quarterback Did not play
Eli Apple primary: Cornerback Not active

Chicago Bears

Carolina Panthers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 21 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Cole Kmet
    • Passer: Nick Foles
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 55 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 20 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
    • Rusher: Nick Foles
  • Period 4
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Mike Davis
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 21
  • Green Bay L 35 - 16
  • @Jacksonville W 41 - 17
  • @Minnesota W 33 - 27
  • Houston W 7 - 36
  • Detroit L 34 - 30
  • @Green Bay L 25 - 41
  • Minnesota L 19 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 17 - 24
  • New Orleans L 26 - 23
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • New Orleans L 33 - 7
  • @Washington W 20 - 13
  • @Green Bay L 16 - 24
  • Denver L 32 - 27
  • @Minnesota L 27 - 28
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27

Last Meetings

  • Bears @ Panthers 23-16
  • Panthers @ Bears 23-13
  • Panthers @ Bears 3-17
  • Bears @ Panthers 24-31
  • Bears @ Panthers 17-24
  • Panthers @ Bears 22-23
  • Panthers @ Bears 29-34
  • Bears @ Panthers 23-6
  • Bears @ Panthers 17-20

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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