Carolina will be a test, can the Chicago Bears pass and get to 5-1

Carolina will be a test, can the Chicago Bears pass and get to 5-1?

  • 2020 NFL Season
  • carolina panthers
  • Chicago Bears
  • david montgomery
  • Eddie Jackson
  • Kyle Fuller
  • NFL
  • Offensive Line
By Andrew Heck October 16, 2020 1 Comment

Getting to 5-1 might not be as easy as some think for the Chicago Bears. The Carolina Panthers are coming off of three straight wins after starting 0-2. They now sit at 3-2 and show to be a dangerous team. Chicago just had their biggest win of the season beating the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football, and sit at 4-1.

Mike Davis, a Chicago Bear just last year, is making his presence felt in the absence of Christian McCaffrey. The Bears’ defense will have to slow him down out of the gate if they want to stay on even ground with the Panthers. As many Bears fans can attest, the run defense hasn’t been a strength so far this season.

Stop the Panthers run game and keep Teddy Bridgewater throwing

If you stop the run it will make Teddy Bridgewater have to make plays with his arm. This is definitely something he can do, as he did it last year in Soldier Field while he was a part of the New Orleans Saints. However, the strength of the Bears defense is their secondary. Make Robby Anderson and DJ Moore battle it out against Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson. That battle will be fun to watch all afternoon.

Get the run game going

The Bears had a very strong run game the first three weeks of the season. Then they ran into two of the top run defenses, the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now they will have a chance to get that part of their game going again, as Carolina isn’t as strong as either team at run defense.

Not to mention the Panthers will now be without their star defensive tackle, Kawann Short. With all of this considered, Nagy has to run the ball and do it often. No more games where the offense is only running 11 running plays for their running backs. Get David Montgomery going, and that will open everything else for Nick Foles and the rest of the offense.

The offensive line needs to have a dominant performance

The offensive line for the Chicago Bears has been a mixed bag so far into the season. In the first three games, they appeared to be back to 2018 form, and maybe even better in the run game. They were moving opposing lineman off the ball, as well as keeping the pocket clean for the most part.

The past two games were about as hard as they come for an offensive line. This week we will see if the regression was due to their opponent, or is the offensive line simply getting worse. Coming out and having a dominant performance against the Panthers on Sunday would get Bears fans feeling a little better about the position.

Chance to go into Monday Night Football sitting at 5-1

The Chicago Bears have a very good chance to come out of Sunday with an impressive 5-1 record. They would love to take that into their Monday Night matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

However in order to do that they must stay disciplined, and not look past the Panthers. If they do they could be in big trouble, as this Panthers team is hitting their stride and playing good football.

They have playmakers on offense and defense. It’s always fun and exciting to play on Monday Night Football, but Chicago has to try and declaw these Panthers before they look ahead.

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Cheryl campbell

October 17, 2020

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