We've seen double-digit predictions for a Bears victory today, and predictions of a Panthers upset at Soldier Field. All of the previews are now behind us, and it's time to see if sophomore quarterback Cam Newton can lead the Panthers offense against rookie DE Shea McClellin and the Bears defense.
On the flip-side of things, Matt Forte will undoubtedly get the ball early and often, but something tells us Jay Cutler and his receivers are going to surprise some folks today.
For those of you who are new to these parts, we will have a new Open Thread for each quarter, so keep your eyes peeled as each period transitions into the next.
And kickoff is now upon us... Have fun!