Chicago Bears Vs. Carolina Panthers - Preview

The Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers are both are coming off wins against two of the favorites to win the Super Bowl last week by defeating the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego respectively.

Heading into this week's matchup, both teams are waiting to see if what they saw last week was a fluke or what these teams are going to look like.  The Panthers found an unexpected source of offense in TE Dante Rosario.  The Bears found a run game they were hoping to have, but were not sure they would.  Running behind a surprisingly solid line, rookie Matt Forte chewed up yards on the ground and kept the Bears offense moving down the field.


Team Stats - Game Averages

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
Off 29.0 319.0 (13th) 136.0 (26th) 183.0 (4th-T)
Def 13.0 293.0 (12th-T) 240.0 (26th) 53.0 (4th)



Team Stats - Game Averages

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
Off 26.0 388.0 (6th) 246.0 (5th-T) 142.0 (10th-T)
Def 24.0 316.0 (17th) 211.0 (22nd) 105.0 (13th)

 

 

Neither team suffered any big loses last week that will affect the way they line up this week. The player who will affect this game the most with his absence is Steve Smith, who is serving the 2nd and last week of his suspension for slugging it out with a teammate.


Injuries: Chicago Bears

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nathan Vasher shoulder 9.11.2008
Devin Hester foot 9.10.2008

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tommie Harris ankle 9.10.2008
John Tait groin 9.10.2008
Lance Briggs ankle 9.10.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Williams back 8.7.2008



Injuries: Carolina Panthers

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Na'il Diggs shoulder 9.10.2008
Chris Gamble upper arm 9.11.2008
Ryne Robinson knee 9.10.2008
Dante Rosario foot 9.10.2008

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Travelle Wharton knee 9.11.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jason Carter knee 8.25.2008


 

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