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Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte.
When: Sunday October 18:00 (UK time)
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The Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers have slipped to 2-2 for the season, but the visitors will be looking to make it three consecutive road wins.
However, running back Matt Forte insists that this isn’t a position that the Bears want to be in as losing two home games leaves a bitter taste in their mouth, particularly with NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers, inflicting a 38-17 loss on them last weekend.
However, wins at San Francisco and the Jets will have kept the Chicago camp relatively optimistic, and they certainly won’t be panicking just yet with only a quarter of the season gone.
Nevertheless, quarterback Jay Cutler will want to find some consistency sooner rather than later otherwise the Packers and Detroit Lions might just start moving further adrift in the coming weeks.
Cutler has thrown for four touchdowns and four interceptions at home, while on the road he has thrown for six touchdowns without a pick. While he’ll be hoping to maintain those numbers away from Soldier Field this weekend, he will be fully aware of the necessity to show the same precision at home.
Meanwhile, the Panthers will need to improve defensively to avoid allowing the Bears running game to destroy them, as they currently rank 27th in the NFL for rushing yards allowed per contest.
In addition, their own backfield is decimated by injuries and so quarterback Cam Newton may need to take to the air to enjoy success on Sunday.
Newton has thrown for three touchdowns and no interceptions so far this season despite struggling with injuries, although he has been sacked nine times and that will be an area where the Bears will look to exploit him and the offensive line.