CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-2-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-2)
|STREAKS||2 of past 3|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Rivera: 0-1||McCarthy: 2-1|
|LAST WEEK||T 37-37 (OT) at Bengals||W 27-24 at Dolphins|
|LAST GAME||9/18/11: Packers 30 at Panthers 23. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 308 yards & 2 TDs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson catches 84-yard TD with 2:14 remaining.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/30/08: Panthers 35, Packers 31. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 72 yards & 4 TDs. Panthers LB Jon Beason has 11 tackles & INT.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (12:00 PM CT): Sam Rosen, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Car.), 84 (GB). XM: 230 (GB).|
|RUSHING||Newton (QB): 31-149-4.8-1||Lacy: 80-306-3.8-3 (T2C)|
|RECEIVING||Olsen (TE): 33-388-11.8-5 (T2C)||Nelson: 43 (3L)-632 (1L)-14.7-5 (T2C)|
|TAKE/GIVE||+5 (T3C)||+9 (T1L)|
|SACKS||Addison: 4||Daniels: 2.5|
|INTs||Harper: 3 (T1L)||Shields: 2|
|PUNTING||Nortman: 47.5 (3C)||Masthay: 45.3|
|KICKING||Gano: 49 (13/13 PAT; 12/14 FG)||Crosby: 39 (18/18 PAT; 7/8 FG)|
PANTHERS: In only meeting, QB CAM NEWTON passed for 432 yards & had pass & rush TD. Newton (2) & PEYTON MANNING (3) are only active QBs with 2+ games with 400+ pass yards, pass TD & rush TD. Last week, passed for 284 yards with 2 TDs & rushed for 107 yards with TD…RB FOZZY WHITTAKER had rush TD last week. In last game vs. GB, RB JONATHAN STEWART had career-high 8 catches & 100 rec. yards…TE GREG OLSEN had TD last week & leads team with 5 TDs, his 7th consecutive season with 5+ TDs. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 416 rec. yards & 4 rec. TDs. Had TD last week. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY has 89- & 99-yard rec. games in 3 career meetings. WR JASON AVANT had 7 catches for 93 yards & TD (24 yards) in 1/9/11 WC game vs. GB (with Phi.)…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 394 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with sack or FR. S ROMAN HARPER aims for 3rd in row with INT. Ties for NFL lead with 3 INTs… PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS passed for 308 yards, 2 TDs & 119.9 rating in last meeting. Leads NFC with 111.4 rating & 15 TDs. Is only player in NFL history with 15 TDs & 1 or 0 INTs in 1st 6 team games…RB EDDIE LACY has 3 rush TDs in past 3. RB JAMES STARKS rushed for 85 yards on 9 att. for 9.4 avg. in last meeting…WR-PR RANDALL COBB leads NFC with 7 rec. TDs. Has TD in 5 of 6 games in 2014. WR JORDY NELSON leads NFL with 632 rec. yards & is 2nd among WRs with 43 catches. Has 5 TDs in past 5. Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 3,000+ yards (3,954), 30+ rec. TDs (35) & 16+ avg. (16.1). Had 84-yard TD catch in last meeting, 1 of 5 career 75+ yard rec. TDs…LB JULIUS PEPPERS was No. 2 overall pick by Car. in 2002. Played 8 season for Car. & had franchise-record 81 sacks & 30 FFs. Only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks (120) & 10+ INTs (10). LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack in last meeting. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ties for 1st in NFL with 20 INTs & CB SAM SHIELDS is 4th with 19 INTs.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
T Byron Bell (toe), CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), LB Thomas Davis (elbow), DT Dwan Edwards (not injury related), S Roman Harper (not injury related), CB Josh Norman (concussion), TE Greg Olsen (ankle), RB Darrin Reaves (hip), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle)
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
LB Sean Porter (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
WR Marvin Jones (ankle), G Mike Pollak (knee), LB Vincent Rey (calf), DT Brandon Thompson (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
WR A.J. Green (toe), S George Iloka (abdomen), LB Rey Maualuga (shoulder), G Kevin Zeitler (calf)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-1)
|SERIES LEADER||Series tied, 2-2|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Rivera: 0-0||Lewis: 2-0|
|LAST WEEK||W 31-24 vs. Bears||L 43-17 at Patriots|
|LAST GAME||9/26/10: Bengals 20 at Panthers 7. Cincinnati RB Cedric Benson totals 90 yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham has 4 receptions for 59 yards.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/22/06: Bengals 17, Panthers 14. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer throws for 240 yards & 2 TDs. Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches 7 passes for 61 yards & TD.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Car.), 139 (Cin.). XM: 228 (Cin.).|
|PASSING||Newton: 79-129-983-5-1-94.6||Dalton: 70-108-926-4-1-100.3 (3C)|
|RUSHING||Stewart: 29-88-3.0-1||Bernard: 68-247-3.6-3 (T1C)|
|RECEIVING||Olsen (TE): 27-326-12.1-4||Green: 17-314-18.5-2|
|SACKS||Addison: 4 (3C)||Dunlap: 3|
|INTs||Harper: 2||Iloka: 2 (T1C)|
|PUNTING||Nortman: 47.8 (3C)||Huber: 42.8|
|KICKING||Gano: 36 (9/9 PAT; 9/10 FG)||Nugent: 33 (9/9 PAT; 8/13 FG)|
PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 5 of past 8 vs. AFC. Threw 2 TDs last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player with 50+ pass (69) & 20+ rush (28) TDs…RB CHRIS OGBONNAYA had rush TD last week in Car. debut. In last meeting, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS averaged 6.4 yards per carry (64 yards, 10 att.). RB JONATHAN STEWART had rush TD in last game vs. Cin…Rookie WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 367 rec. yards. Ties for 1st among NFL rookies with 3 rec. TDs. TE GREG OLSEN had 2 rec. TDs last week & has 4 rec. TDs this season, tied for most by NFC TE. Rookie PR PHILLY BROWN had 79-yard PR-TD last week, his 1st career TD…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 381 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack in last meeting. CB CHARLES GODFREY had 38-yard INT in last game vs. Cin. In only game vs. Cin. (12/5/10 with NO), S ROMAN HARPER had 9 tackles & sack (16 yards). Harper & S THOMAS DE COUD each had INT last week. DE MARIO ADDISON is 3rd in NFC with career-high 4 sacks…BENGALS: Aim for 12th consecutive regular-season home win…In past 11 reg.-sea. home games, QB ANDY DALTON is 11-0 with 2,563 pass yards & 22 TDs for 97.7 rating. Bengals are 20-3 (.870) when Dalton posts 90+ rating. Has 33-19 (.634) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts)…RB GIOVANI BERNARD is only NFL player with 200+ rush yards (247), 3+ rush TDs (3) & 150+ rec. yards (158) in 2014. In past 6 at home, averages 99.5 scrimmage yards per game (597 total; 323 rush, 274 rec.) & 3 rush TDs…WR A.J. GREEN led team with 5 catches for 81 yards & TD last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 receiving yards, most in AFC. Has 4 TDs in past 5 at home. WR MOHAMED SANU has TD catch in 2 of past 3, including 37-yarder vs. NE…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. DE ROBERT GEATHERS had sack vs. NE, 1st since 11/11/12. In only career meeting, LB VONTAZE BURFICT had sack. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has sack in 3 of past 4.
The Panthers won a great back and forth battle today, topping the Chicago Bears at home 31-24 thanks to a pair of huge TD passes from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen.
Credit also the Panthers defense, which forced four turnovers to overcome a 14-point deficit and move to 3-2 on the season after losing two in a row.
With the game tied at 24, Antoine Cason stripped Matt Forte of the ball and the Panthers’ Kawaan Short recovered at Chicago’s 23. Six plays later, Newton found Olsen on a slant route for a 6-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score with 2:18 left.
The Panthers sealed the win when Short sacked Jay Cutler and Charles Johnson recovered.
Newton was 19 of 35 for 255 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. Olsen had six catches for 72 yards.
Cutler was 28 of 36 for 289 yards with two TDs, but turned the ball over three times for the Bears, who drop to 2-3 on the year.
The win for the Cats also puts them back up on top in the wild NFC South.
Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 5 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers.
CHICAGO BEARS (2-2) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-2)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Trestman: 0-0||Rivera: 0-2|
|LAST WEEK||L 38-17 vs. Packers||L 38-10 at Ravens|
|LAST GAME||10/28/12: Panthers 22 at Bears 23. Chicago CB Tim Jennings has 2 INTs, including 25-yard INT-TD. Bears WR Brandon Marshall adds 9 catches for 98 yards.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/10/10: Bears 23, Panthers 6. Chicago RB Matt Forté rushes for 166 yards & 2 TDs, incl. 68-yard TD run. Defense holds Panthers to 96 passing yards & records 3 INTs.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 135 (Chi.), 92 (Car.). XM: 226 (Car.).|
|PASSING||Cutler: 102-155-1006-10 (T1C)-4-94.7||Newton: 60-94-728-3-0-98.2|
|RECEIVING||Bennett (TE): 29 (T3L)-295-10.2-4 (T3C)||Benjamin (R): 21-329-15.7-3|
|SACKS||Young: 4 (3L)||Addison: 3.5 (3C)|
|INTs||Fuller (R): 3 (T1L)||3 tied: 1|
|PUNTING||O’Donnell: 43.6||Nortman: 47.8|
|KICKING||Gould: 26 (11/11 PAT; 5/5 FG)||Gano: 29 (5/5 PAT; 8/9 FG)|
BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won past 2 starts vs. Car. Ties for NFC lead with 10 TDs…In 4 meetings, RB MATT FORTÉ has 623 scrimmage yards (155.8 per game), 533 rush yards (133.3 per game) & 4 TDs. Had 2 best rush games vs. Car. (205 yards on 10/2/11 & 166 yards on 10/10/10). Rushed for 122 yards & had 171 scrimmage yards last week. Is 2nd Bear with 10,000 (10,037) career scrimmage yards (WALTER PAYTON)…Since 2012, WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 28 rec. TDs, tied for most in NFL. WR ALSHON JEFFERY had TD last week. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had career-high 9 catches & 134 yards in Week 4…Rookie CB KYLE FULLER is only player with 3+ INTs & 2+ FFs in Sept. in past 20 years. In last game vs. Car., CB TIM JENNINGS had 2 INTs, incl. TD. Since 2012, is 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB LANCE BRIGGS had sack in last game at Car. In past 4 vs. Car., DE JARED ALLEN has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 128.5 sacks… PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has passed for 688 yards (344 per game) in 2 career meetings & aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 300+ yards. Club has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs & is only team with 0 INTs in 4 games…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS is franchise leader with 6,733 rush yards & 46 rush TDs…Rookie WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 329 rec. yards. Ties for 1st among NFL rookies with 3 rec. TDs. Had 28-yard TD last week & has TD catch in 3 of 4 career games. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY led club with 80 rec. yards in Week 4. TE GREG OLSEN was 1st round pick by Chi. in 2007 (No. 31 overall) & spent 1st 4 years with Bears (2007-10)…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 366 tackles. In last meeting, DE CHARLES JOHNSON had 2 sacks, 2 FFs & FR. S THOMAS DE COUD had 2 INTs vs. Chi. on 10/18/09 (with Atl.). In 3 meetings, S ROMAN HARPER has 4 sacks & 2 FFs. Has 3 career games with 2 sacks, incl. 2 vs. Chi.