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Carolina at Chicago NFL Week Four Capsule

PANTHERS BEARS
SERIES LEADER   3-2
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 0-0 Smith: 2-2
LAST WEEK W 16-10 vs. Jaguars L 27-17 vs. Packers
LAST GAME 10/10/10: Bears 23 at Panthers 6. Chicago RB Matt Forté records 2 1st-half rushing TDs (18, 68) & Bears’ defense holds Carolina to just 147 total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/20/05: Bears 13, Panthers 3. Chicago QB Kyle Orton connects with WR Muhsin Muhammad for only TD of game as Chicago’s defense forces 5 turnovers.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Filed reporter).  SIRIUS: 112 (Car.), 91 (Chi.).  XM: 230 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Newton (R): 70-117-1,012 (3L)-4-4-85.1 Cutler: 62-114-858-5-3-82.4
RUSHING Newton  (R) (QB): 25-98-3.9-2 (T3C) Forté: 35-119-3.4-0
RECEIVING S. Smith: 16-349 (1C)-21.8-2 Forté (RB): 22 (1C)-287 (2C)-13.0-1
OFFENSE 405.7 304.7
TAKE/GIVE -2 +2
DEFENSE 356.7 386.7
SACKS C. Johnson: 3 Melton: 3
INTs Martin: 1 Urlacher: 2 (T3L)
PUNTING Baker: 39.5 Podlesh: 44.6
KICKING Mare: 20 (5/5 PAT; 5/5 FG) Gould: 24 (6/6 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: Head coach RON RIVERA played 9 seasons for Chi. & was assistant coach (1997-98) & defensive coordinator (2004-06) with Bears…Pass offense ties for 3rd in NFC (321.7 yards per game). Rookie QB CAM NEWTON averages 337.3 pass yards per game & is 2nd in NFC with 1,012 yards…In 9/14/08 meeting vs. Chi., RB JONATHAN STEWART rushed for 2 TDs. When he has 15+ att., team is 14-3 (.824)…WR STEVE SMITH leads NFC with 349 rec. yards (16 catches, 21.8 avg., 2 TDs). In 3 meetings (incl. playoffs), has 30 catches for 484 yards (161.3 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. (incl. playoffs) with 12+ catches & 169+ yards. In 2005 NFC Div., had 12 catches for 218 yards (18.2 avg.) & 2 TDs. TE GREG OLSEN was 1st round pick (No. 31 overall) by Chi. in 2007 & played 4 seasons with Bears…Team had 4 INTs & 3 sacks in last year’s meeting. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 11 sacks in past 10. DE GREG HARDY had 1st career sack in last game vs. Chi. Had safety last week…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 4 of past 6 starts at home & has 100+ rating in 3 of past 5 home games. In career (incl. playoffs), when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 23-0…In last meeting, RB MATT FORTÉ rushed for career-high 166 yards & 2 TDs. Has 301 scrimmage yards (150.5 per game) in 2 meetings. Leads NFL RBs with 22 catches & 287 rec. yards…WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER has NFL record 14 career combined KR-TDs (10 PR, 4 KR). Rookie WR DANE SANZENBACHER aims for 3rd in row with TD… Defense had 5 sacks & 3 INTs in last meeting. DE ISRAEL IDONIJE had career-high 2.5 sacks in last game vs. Car. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with sack. Incl. playoffs, LB BRIAN URLACHER has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. Car. LB LANCE BRIGGS had sack in last meeting. DE JULIUS PEPPERS had INT last year in 1st game vs. Car. Played 8 season with Car. & was team’s 1st round pick (No. 2 overall) in 2002. CB CHARLES TILLMAN aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with INT.


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