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Panthers vs Bears Week Eight Capsule

CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-5) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-1)

SERIES

  PANTHERS BEARS
SERIES LEADER   4-2
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 0-1 Smith: 3-2
LAST WEEK L 19-14 vs. Cowboys W 13-7 vs. Lions
LAST GAME 10/2/11: Panthers 29 at Bears 34. Chicago CB DJ Moore returns 20-yard INT for TD & PR-WR Devin Hester returns punt 69 yards for TD for his 11th career PR-TD, most all-time.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/2/11
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 148 (Car.), 112 (Chi.). XM: 231 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Newton: 101-173-1,387-5-6-79.3 Cutler: 106-187-8-7-78.3
RUSHING Newton (QB): 46-273-5.9-3 Forté: 80-366-4.6-1
RECEIVING S. Smith: 28-471-16.8-0 Marshall: 41-577-14.1-4
OFFENSE 335.5 337.8
TAKE/GIVE -6 +13 (1L)
DEFENSE 366.2 299.3
SACKS D. Edwards, C. Johnson: 3.5 Melton: 4.5
INTs 5 tied: 1 Jennings: 4 (T1L)
PUNTING Nortman: 43.4 Podlesh: 42.1
KICKING Medlock: 20 (14/14 PAT: 2/2 FG) Gould: 54 (18/18 PAT; 12/13 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON had 374 pass yards & 3 TDs (2 rush, pass) in only career meeting. Has 11 rush TDs in 10 career road games…In 3 career games vs. Bears, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS averages 5 yards per carry (33 att., 164 yards). When RB JONATHAN STEWART has 15+ att., Panthers are 14-3 (.824)…In 3 career meetings, WR STEVE SMITH has 26 catches for 447 yards (149 per game), including career-high 14 rec. on 11/20/05. TE GREG OLSEN spent 4 seasons with Bears (2007-2010). In only meeting, had 5 catches for 50 yards & TD…LB JON BEASON aims for 3rd in row vs. Bears with 10+ tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 20.5 sacks in past 28. Had sack in last meeting. Rookie LB LUKE KUECHLY leads team with 51 tackles. DT DWAN EDWARDS has career-high 3.5 sacks. S CHARLES GODFREY aims for 3rd in row vs. Bears with INT. DE GREG HARDY has sack in 2 of past 3. Rookie DE FRANK ALEXANDER is tied for 2nd among NFC rookies with 2.5 sacks…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 7 consecutive home starts. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 25-0…In 3 career meetings, RB MATT FORTÉ has 463 rush yards (154.3 per game) & 3 TDs, including career-high 205 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row with 150+ rush yards vs. Car…In past 3, WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 25 catches for 363 yards (121 per game) & 3 TDs. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Since 2007, has 515 catches, 3rd most in NFL. WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER had 69-yard PR-TD in last meeting. Incl. playoffs, has 19 total return TDs (12 PR, 6 KR, 1 missed FG), tied with HOFer DEION SANDERS for most in history…LB LANCE BRIGGS & CB CHARLES TILLMAN are 1st teammates to each have INT-TD in consecutive games (Weeks 4 & 5). Tillman (7) & Briggs (5) have most INT-TDs in team history. CB TIM JENNINGS has 5 INTs in past 7. DE JULIUS PEPPERS played 8 seasons with Car. & was team’s 1st round pick (No. 2 overall) in 2002. S MAJOR WRIGHT has 3 INTs in past 4, incl. INT-TD. CB D.J. MOORE has INT in 2 of past 3. Had 20-yard INT-TD in last meeting.


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