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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 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Minnesota L 19 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 17 - 24
  • New Orleans L 26 - 23
  • @L.A. Rams L 10 - 24
  • @Carolina W 23 - 16
  • Tampa Bay W 19 - 20
  • Indianapolis L 19 - 11
  • @Atlanta W 30 - 26
  • N.Y. Giants W 13 - 17
  • @Detroit W 27 - 23
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27
  • Chicago L 23 - 16
  • @Atlanta W 23 - 16
  • Arizona W 21 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers W 21 - 16
  • @Tampa Bay L 17 - 31

Next Games

  • @Green Bay(12-15-19) L 13 - 21
  • Detroit(11-10-19) W 13 - 20
  • Houston(11-11-12) L 13 - 6
  • @Minnesota(12-29-19) W 21 - 19
  • @Jacksonville(10-07-12) W 41 - 3
  • @Minnesota(11-30-14) L 13 - 31
  • Denver(11-11-12) L 36 - 14
  • @Green Bay(11-10-19) L 16 - 24
  • @Washington(10-14-18) L 17 - 23
  • New Orleans(12-29-19) L 42 - 10

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 Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Carolina Panthers

  • Tahir Whitehead

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Whitehead sat out the previous game with a rib injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Russell Okung

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Okung has sat out the past four games with a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will return for Sunday's tilt against the Vikings.

  • Dennis Daley

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Daley left the previous game to be evaluated for a concussion, and there is no indication if he will pass protocol in time for Sunday's matchup versus the Vikings.

  • Donte Jackson

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jackson was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to turf toe, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Teddy Bridgewater

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bridgewater sat out the previous game due to an MCL sprain in his right knee. It is uncertain if he will be available for Sunday's clash versus the Vikings.

  • John Miller

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Miller was held out of the previous game with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will line up for Sunday's contest versus the Vikings.

  • Sam Franklin

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Franklin missed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take on the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Christian McCaffrey

    Out indefinitely | out

    McCaffrey is out of commission with an AC Joint injury in his shoulder, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

Chicago Bears

  • Sam Mustipher

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Mustipher has sat out the previous two games due to a knee injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take the field on Sunday against the Packers.

  • Javon Wims

    Elig Sun | out

    Wims is serving a two-game suspension for an on-field altercation, and he is eligible to return for Sunday's contest versus the Packers.

  • Sherrick McManis

    Ques Sun | questionable

    McManis missed his last game due to a fractured index finger, and it is undetermined if he will be available for Sunday's battle versus the Packers.

  • David Montgomery

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Montgomery missed his last game with a concussion, and it is unclear if he will be available for Sunday's tilt versus the Packers.

  • Jaylon Johnson

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Johnson departed the last contest with a right ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will be active for Sunday's clash against the Packers.

  • Eddie Jackson

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jackson has been shuttled to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no indication when he will get back in the lineup.

  • John Jenkins

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jenkins has missed his last two games with a foot injury, leaving his status against the Packers on Sunday hazy.

  • Akiem Hicks

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hicks exited the previous game due to a right hamstring strain, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Packers on Sunday.

Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers

Nick Foles threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Chicago Bears won again, defeating the host Carolina Panthers 23-16 on Sunday afternoon at Charlotte, N.C.

Foles completed 23 of 39 passes for 198 yards in what was a defensive tussle between the teams. He also threw an interception.

Chicago (5-1) managed only 261 yards of total offense in picking up its third road victory of the season.

Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 16-for-29 for 216 yards with two interceptions.

Carolina (3-3) had 303 yards of total offense as its three-game winning streak ended.

The Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter, first on Mike Davis' 1-yard touchdown run with 13:11 left. After a Cairo Santos field goal from 31 yards out for the Bears, Carolina struck again.

This time it was Joey Slye's 48-yard field goal with 7:46 remaining to close the gap to 23-16.

Carolina's last possession began at its own 20-yard line with 1:32 remaining. DeAndre Houston-Carson picked off Bridgewater on the first snap.

Foles opened the scoring on a 9-yard pass to Cole Kmet in the first quarter. That scoring opportunity was set up by Tashaun Gipson's interception deep in Carolina territory on the game's opening possession.

Then Chicago relied on Santos field goals from 31 and 55 yards for its scoring in the second quarter, the latter coming with two seconds left in the half to give the Bears a 13-6 lead.

Foles ran in from 1 yard out for the only touchdown in the third quarter. It capped a 10-play drive.

Carolina endured more red-zone snags, settling for Slye field goals of 21 and 20 yards through the first three quarters. By then, the Bears held a 20-6 lead. Those possessions lasted 14 and 13 plays, respectively.

Davis had 52 rushing yards on 18 carries for the Panthers, who played their fourth game in a row without injured star running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle). Carolina was also without receiver Curtis Samuel because of a knee ailment.

The Bears had rallied from 10 or more points behind to win three times this season but played from ahead during this game.

--Field Level Media