It might not be aesthetically pleasing, but it’s kept the Bears in five of their seven games so far this year.
“We got each other’s back, offense and defense”, said LB David Mayo, filling in for an injured Luke Kuechly.
In the first quarter, Panthers rookie receiver Curtis Samuel dropped a pitch from Cam Newton, and after several players failed to make the recovery, Jackson scooped up the ball and raced 75 yards for the game’s first score.
Despite a winning record, the Carolina Panthers look like a team teetering on the edge of a collapse. That performance marked the lowest yards an opponent has accumulated against Carolina since San Francisco in 2013. Quarterback Cam Newton has thrown for eight touchdowns and just two interceptions on the road for a passer rating of 122.9.
The Chicago Bears got a huge start out of their rookie quarterback this past weekend, as Mitchell Trubisky engineered a comeback victory in only his second National Football League start.
Instead, the Panthers have regularly split McCaffrey out wide as a receiver or motioned him out of the backfield. And it was a play. Russell Shepard had a penalty that cost the Panthers a chance at a field goal at the end of the half. “I was able to get it and go to the house”. “I give a lot of props to Vernon (for) double-teaming that guard out there and (me) just sticking a hand up”. He knows it, too. We’ll work on it and get better at it. They also make the loss look like even more of a head-scratcher. They only had possession of the football for only 21:25.
Stewart needs only two touchdowns to surpass former Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams for second-most in team history. If not this could be one of the tougher games for the Bears.
“I thought he had his moments”, Ron Rivera said of his quarterback. “We out-gained them, we out-possessed them. It’s turned into those takeaways last week, and it continued this week”. Here are four takeaways from the Week 7 victory.
“He overthrew Christian and he overthrew Kelvin”, Rivera said.
The plan that general manager Pace and his coach, Fox, laid out to generate significantly more pressure up front, play with much greater athleticism in the middle and significantly upgrade the talent in the secondary is coming together in front of us, and these kids only are going to get better as they continue to mature. All he wanted to see on Sunday was a victorious locker room.
“I’ll be ready to roll next week”, Turner said. “We have to believe in it”.
“To the reporters, to the journalists, to the moms, super moms, to the daughters, the sisters and the women all around the world, I sincerely apologize and hope that you can find the kindness in your heart to forgive me”, he said in a video message the next day. That Newton possesses the athleticism to dodge defenders and the frame to absorb myriad blows and remain in the game has allowed Carolina to get away with poor offensive lines in the past. Even so, they’ll take the victories that are starting to come their way.