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NFL: Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is sacked by Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) during the second half at Soldier Field.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Biggs: 2020 should be good time for Mitch Trubisky vs. Deshaun Watson debate - Chicago Tribune - It's too early to assess rookie quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Deshaun Watson, but by the time they meet in 2020 they should be on a level playing field.

Week 7: Bears-Panthers recap, social media reaction - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have won back-to-back games for the first time since November 2015 after topping the Panthers 17-3 on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Kane: Panthers QB Cam Newton on rocky day 'We squandered that opportunity' - Chicago Tribune - After throwing two interceptions and no touchdown passes in the Panthers' second straight loss, quarterback Cam Newton had reason to be annoyed.

Wiederer: Bears defense attacks Panthers QB Cam Newton early, often in dominant win - Chicago Tribune - Staying aggressive yet disciplined, the Bears recorded five sacks on Cam Newton — by six players, led by Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd and Pernell McPhee.

Rosenbloom: Eddie Jackson steals the Bears a win, but it’s still about Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - The worst thing about Eddie Jackson’s two defensive touchdowns was that they put the Bears defense back on the field, leaving Mitch Trubisky on the sideline.

Campbell: How scouting report sparked Eddie Jackson's record-setting interception return - Chicago Tribune - Seventy-six yards later, Eddie Jackson became the first player in NFL history with two defensive touchdowns at least least 75 yards for a TD in a game.

Biggs: Bears get after Cam Newton, will go as far as their defense will take them - Chicago Tribune - Bears get after Cam Newton from all angles all game long and will go as far as their talented defense will take them

Haugh: Call me crazy, but Bears look good enough to make .500 season realistic goal - Chicago Tribune - Suddenly, what's happening at Halas Hall approaches respectability after the Bears topped the Panthers with a defensively dominant 17-3 win.

Wiederer: Dominant defensive effort sparks Bears' blowout win over Panthers - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are now on a two-game winning streak for the first time since November 2015 and will have a chance next week to reach .500.

Aguilar: Chicago Bears QB Trubisky 'I thought I played really poor' - Daily Herald - Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky owned up to the lackluster performance the offense displayed in Sunday's win over Carolina. "We got to get better in the pass game, and that comes on me," he said.

LeGere: Chicago Bears defense picked up where offense was lacking - Daily Herald
A sequence late in the first half typified the kind of day it was for the Chicago Bears' offense. They failed to get into the endzone but settled for a Connor Barth field goal.

Imrem: Chicago Bears winning games in most unbalanced ways - Daily Herald - Chicago Bears collecting pieces for when Mitch Trubisky becomes Pitch Trubisky.

LeGere: Jackson's 2 TDs power Chicago Bears over Panthers - Daily Herald - A historic performance by rookie safety Eddie Jackson led the Chicago Bears to a 17-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Duber: Eddie Jackson, you are ridiculous! Wild facts about rookie safety's NFL-first touchdown combo - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson's two 75-yard turnover-return touchdowns were an NFL first. That and more crazy facts about Jackson's first-half highlights.

Dubar: A year to the day after breaking his leg, Eddie Jackson becomes breakout star of Bears' defensive renaissance - NBC Sports Chicago - A year to the day after breaking his leg and watching his college career come to an end, Eddie Jackson became the breakout star of the Bears' defensive renaissance.

Finley: Bears slow ‘slippery’ Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey in win - Sun Times - The Bears held Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey to only 10 yards on seven carries in Sunday’s win.

Under Center Podcast: Eddie Jackson single-handedly beats Panthers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have won two games in a row and Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown and Jim Miller chat with the game’s MVP, Eddie Jackson, after his historic performance in the Bears 17-3 victory over the Panthers.

Stankevitz: How a tired Bears defense shut down Cam Newton and dominated the Carolina Panthers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense was on the field for nearly 40 minutes on Sunday, but relished the challenge of stopping Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

Finley: Bears’ Akiem Hicks salutes Willie Young, says own injury will be ‘OK’ - Sun Times - When the defensive end Akiem Hicks sacked Cam Newton in the third quarter Sunday, he celebrated by impersonating Willie Young’s fishing-pole dance.

Stankevitz: Given a two-score lead, John Fox and the Bears didn't pass on their opportunity to grind out a win - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears squandered a 14-point lead last week against the Baltimore Ravens, and conservatively schemed to make sure that didn't happen against Carolina.

Finley: Why did Bears coach John Fox kick a FG from inside the 1-yard line? - Sun Times - The Bears needed only a half-yard, but John Fox preferred the field goal.

Jahns’ Three-and-Out: Tarik Cohen blames himself for not scoring long TD - Sun Times - Three quick observations from the Bears’ 17-3 victory Sunday.

Jahns: Run-heavy plan works again, but John Fox will need Mitch Trubisky soon - Sun Times - Asked what he learned about Trubisky against the Panthers, Fox said he “managed the game pretty well.” In other words, Trubisky has more prove.

Potash: Eddie Jackson’s dream-like performance puts Bears’ D on another level - Sun Times - In victories over the Ravens and Panthers, the Bears’ defense has scored more points (21) than it has allowed (12).

Cahill: Bears’ Eddie Jackson makes NFL history - Sun Times - One year ago to the day, Eddie Jackson was being carted off the field with a broken leg, ending his senior season at Alabama.

Duber: Bears defense has huge day in win over Panthers - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson and the rest of the Bears defense dominated for a second straight week. It looks like the Monsters of the Midway are back in Chicago.

Mullin: Another sign of culture shift evident within emerging Bears team - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' 17-3 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 on Sunday wasn't pretty, but it was another sign of a culture shift within an emerging team.

Eddie Jackson’s 2 Defensive TDs Lead Bears Past Panthers, 17-3 - CBS Chicago - Jackson became the first NFL player to score multiple defensive touchdowns of 75 yards or more in a game.

Emma: Bears Rookie Eddie Jackson Savors Special Day ‘It’s A Blessing’ - CBS Chicago - A year to the date from suffering a broken leg, Jackson delivered two touchdowns in a Bears victory.

Bernstein: Good Bears Defense Makes Everything Feel Better - CBS Chicago - Something is coming together on the Bears defense that rekindles the innate desire shared by fans of this franchise.

Cox: 4 takeaways from the Bears 17-3 win over the Panthers - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears earned their third week of the season in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers. Here's what we learned from the game.

Mayer: Pace talks Bears before Panthers game - ChicagoBears.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace appeared on the WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM pre-game show in advance of Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.

Mayer's 2-Minute Drill: Defense generates three takeaways in win - ChicagoBears.com
After forcing two turnovers in the first five games this season, the Bears defense generated three for the second straight week Sunday in a 17-3 win over the Panthers at Soldier Field.

Game Recap: Bears defense dominant in win over Panthers - ChicagoBears.com - Rookie safety Eddie Jackson led a dominant defensive performance that carried the Bears to an impressive 17-3 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday at Soldier Field.

Nabors: Jackson sets NFL record; Trubisky hopes to improve - Pro Football Weekly - It took Eddie Jackson only seven games to find himself in the NFL record books.

Nabors' 3 and out: Who needs offense? Bears dominate Panthers behind 2 defensive touchdowns - Pro Football Weekly - Three moments that mattered...

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears defense delivers grown-up performance in win over Panthers - Pro Football Weekly - Suddenly, Bears' 'D' is dangerous and fun.

HOT NOT TAKES

Smith: SB Nation’s NFL ‘experts’ predict a clean sweep for the Panthers on Sunday - Cat Scratch Reader - Our panel believes the Panthers will get the job done in Chicago.

POLISH SAUSAGE

What we learned from Sunday's Week 7 games - NFL.com - The Week 7 games on Sunday had some big wins, including two shutouts. Here are some of our big takeaways.

Orr: Joe Thomas' snaps streak ends after triceps injury - NFL.com - Joe Thomas' consecutive snaps streak, believed to be the longest in NFL history, ended on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Thomas exited the game after suffering a triceps injury.

Shook: Jay Cutler (ribs) will likely miss 'TNF' game vs. Ravens - NFL.com - NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Dolphins fear Jay Cutler may have suffered a cracked rib. Pending test results, Cutler will likely miss Miami's Thursday night game against Baltimore.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: McCarthy leaves kid gloves on Hundley, Packers lose 26-17 - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ QB showed some flashes of promise early, but was largely ineffective in the second half as Green Bay fell to New Orleans.

Western: Mike McCarthy on Packers’ 26-17 loss to Saints - “Blame it on the head coach” - Acme Packing Company - The Packers coach knows the buck stops with him for Green Bay’s moribund performance on Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings 24, Baltimore Ravens 16: Defense Rules The Day For Minnesota - Daily Norseman - It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but the home team got themselves a third straight win.

Smith: John Fox looks like... - Cat Scratch Reader - To get us prepared for Sunday’s game against John Fox and the Chicago Bears, the CSR staff decided to have a little fun at John Fox’s expense by borrowing the ‘looks like game’ concept from The Dan...

Panthers at Bears Final Score: Offensive Miscues doom Panthers, lose 17-3 - Cat Scratch Reader - The Panthers lost to the Bears in a defensive slug fest.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeginski: Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Panthers - Windy City Gridiron - An injury battered Panthers team visits Chicago. The WCG staff consensus on an intriguing battle.

Curl: Panthers leave with tail between legs after Bears triumph in defensive-heavy 17-3 victory - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have 2 wins this season, and Eddie Jackson has a third

FANPOSTS

WhiskeyRanger's Bearly Artistic: Pretty Boy Assassin - Windy City Gridiron - I haven't done one of these in a while. Mostly because I've been busy lately, but partly because I got lazy lol. So I figured I'd ease my way back in with a relatively...

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