Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton has to be happy he finally got his first win in the NFL last week. But that was at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Panthers will now travel to face the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field on Sunday.
Newton has expressed his admiration and respect for Bears DE Julius Peppers. That’s good because Peppers will be doing his best to justify it. It helps that Newton is mobile in the pocket and can scramble if needed.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen will see his old teammates since leaving Chicago and will do his best to make them regret letting him go. Olsen is a trusted receiver for Newton’s passes and blocking at the line.
The Bears have had some similar issues like Atlanta with the offensive line. QB Jay Cutler is becoming frustrated and has been forced into some bad and very hurried passing attempts.
The shining spot for the Bears of course will be the defense. LB Brian Urlacher will be on the hunt against the rookie quarterback and wouldn’t be surprised if he garnered another interception this Sunday.
Simply put, the Bears are desperate for a win just like the Panthers. Chicago is currently 1-2 in the NFC North and stand in third place while the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are both 3-0, with Green Bay leading.
My pick for the winner of this game: Chicago Bears.