The Carolina Panthers will take on the Chicago Bears at home as they move forward with practice squad player Darrin Reaves as their starting running back.
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The Carolina Panthers are on a two-game losing streak after starting 2-0, and they will look to snap it against the Chicago Bears at home. The Bears are also 2-2.
The Panthers lost in a 38-10 blowout to the Baltimore Ravens, and the running game sputtered as DeAngelo Williams left the game with an ankle injury, and Jonathan Stewart was unavailable with a sprained knee.
They were forced to resume with practice squad running back Darrin Reaves as their starter, and they will do so against the Bears as well. Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin continues to be quarterback Cam Newton’s top weapon, and he caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown last week.
Meanwhile, the Bears are also coming off a blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw two interceptions in the Bears’ loss, but running back Matt Forte looked solid as he rushed for 122 yards on 23 carries. Tight end Martellus Bennett caught nine passes for 134 yards.
The Bears showed that their pass defense can be vulnerable as they allowed four touchdowns to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cam Newton will look to take advantage, and the Panthers’ depleted running game has hope against a Bears run defense that ranks 20th in the NFL.
Although the Bears may have too many weapons for the Panthers to overcome, the Panthers have home-field advantage and are hungry for a win. Their defense is also too talented to keep playing like they have the past two games.
Prediction: Panthers 24, Bears 21