Talk around the game between the Bears and Panthers has focused on Jay Cutler’s playing status, and rightfully so. He hasn’t missed a game since joining the Bears and when Todd Collins starts for the Bears on Sunday he’ll be the eighth Bears quarterback to start for Lovie Smith.
We shouldn’t expect Collins to run the show nearly as effectively as Cutler, but then again he wasn’t very effective against the Giants last week.
Other game previews with projections: TB@CIN | JAX@BUF | CHI@CAR | KC@IND | ATL@CLE | DEN@BAL | NYG@HOU | STL@DET | GB@WAS | NO@ARI | SD@OAK | TEN@DAL | PHI@SF | MIN@NYJ | (Teams on bye: MIA, PIT, NE, SEA)
If the projections hold true, expect the Bears to pull out a low scoring win, 18.6-14.2.
Chicago totaled only 110 yards of total offense, their worst output in nearly four years. They’ll be better this week, but you have to wonder how much better with Collins driving.
They could give us a steady dose of Matt Forte, something the Bears haven’t done since Week 1. The Panthers have allowed more than 120 yards rushing in each of the last two games.
Chicago gave up 189 yards rushing against the Giants on Monday night, but hadn’t given up more than 63 yards in any of their previous games.
Todd Collins, CHI: 20-32, 230 yards, TD, INT
Jimmy Clausen, CAR: 20-34, 218 yards, INT, 5 rush yards
DeAngelo Williams, CAR: 65 yards, TD, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
Matt Forte, CHI: 65 yards, 4 catches, 55 receiving yards
Chester Taylor, CHI: 30 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
Jonathan Stewart, CAR: 20 yards, 1 catch, 15 receiving yards
Mike Goodson, CAR: 5 yards, 3 catches, 25 receiving yards
Johnny Knox, CHI: 3-60, TD
David Gettis, CAR: 7-85
Brandon LaFell, CAR: 4-65
Devin Hester, CHI: 2-30
Earl Bennett, CHI: 3-20
Devin Aromashodu, CHI: 1-15
Greg Olsen, CHI: 4-40
Donte Rosario, CAR: 3-20
Robbie Gould, CHI: 2 FG, 2 XP
John Kasay, CAR: FG, 2 XP
Bears: 2 sacks, INT, fumble recovery
Panthers: 3 sacks, INT
Steve Smith, CAR (out)