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Panthers vs. Bears Game Preview

Carolina Panthers
15 Oct 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

Will Bryan

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Carolina Panthers (3-2) vs. Chicago Bears (4-1)

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History: Panthers vs. Bears

Carolina is 4-6 all-time against Chicago. The Panthers have gone 3-1 at home in the series, with the last win coming in 2014. Current Streak: Bears W1 Last matchup: Chicago won, 17-3, in a defensive struggle in the Windy City in 2017.

Get to Know the Bears

Chicago (4-1) has won three of its games after overcoming deficits of at least 13 points and have already beaten NFC South foes Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

Allen Robinson is a top-10 receiver for recently elevated quarterback Nick Foles, but the Bears win with defense.

Chicago ranks fourth in the NFL in points allowed (20.0) and is second in holding teams on third down (33.3 percent). Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Roquan Smith are names to be familiar with.

Stat Nuggets To Know

Team

The Panthers have not allowed a sack over the last two games, the first time they did that in consecutive weeks since 2011. Carolina's eight sacks allowed are tied for 10th-fewest in the NFL and fifth-best in franchise history through five games. Through the first five weeks of any Panthers season, the 2020 version of the offense ranks second in yards (399.6), first in first downs (114), second in net passing (281.8), third in fewest giveaways (five), second in third down percentage (49.2) and second in red zone scoring (95.0 percent). The Panthers offense has a multiple dynamic duos as Robby Anderson/DJ Moore currently lead the NFL as a receiving combo with 870 receiving yards, while Anderson/Mike Davis rank fourth as a scrimmage yards combo at 918. Carolina has rushed for 292 yards in the last two games (4th in NFL) and is +20:28 in time of possession (2nd in NFL) in the same span. The Panthers have been great at extending plays as they rank fourth in the NFL with 741 yards after catch and are third with 357 rushing yards after contact. Carolina's pass defense, allowing 222.2 net passing yards per game, is currently fourth in the league.

Individual

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranks second in completion percentage (73.0), fifth in passing yards (1,460) and has 34 completions on third down, ranking second in the league. Bridgewater is now 25-14 all-time as a starter for a winning percentage of 64.1. Among active QBs with at least 20 starts, Bridgewater's career winning percentage is currently eighth in the NFL. Running back Mike Davis leads the league with 21 broken tackles. He ranks second among all running backs in receptions (30) and receiving yards (206) and is 11th in scrimmage yards among running backs (426). Wide receiver Robby Anderson ranks fourth with 489 receiving yards and has a franchise record 36 receptions through the first five weeks of a season. Anderson has had four games with at least 99 receiving yards. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel has had eight receptions on third down over the last three weeks, tied for the league lead. Wide receiver DJ Moore is averaging 17.3 yards per catch, ranking second among qualified receivers. Safety Jeremy Chinn has a team-high 43 tackles, leading all NFL rookies and ranking eighth overall. Since 2015, Chinn's 43 tackles rank fourth among rookies through the first five weeks. Defensive end Brian Burns tallied his second strip-sack of the season last week. Since 2019, he has 20 QB hits, tied for third-most among his draft class. Chasing Milestones in 2020 The Panthers need two wins to reach 200 regular season wins. Dating back to 1995, Carolina is 198-206-1 in the regular season. Wide receiver DJ Moore needs 204 receiving yards to pass Mark Carrier (2,547) and move into 6th place in franchise history. Moore currently ranks ninth. Long snapper J.J. Jansen needs two games played to pass Steve Smith (182) for second-most in franchise history behind John Kasay (221).

Notable Connections

Panthers

Offensive line coach Pat Meyer was an assistant with Chicago in 2013-14. Defensive line coach Mike Phair had the same title with the Bears from 2011-13. Running back Mike Davis played for Chicago in 2018 and the first half of 2019.

Bears

Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. played for Carolina in 2013 and 2015-16.

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