Hoge and Jahns, Episode 123: Week 7 Bears, NFL Preview

Throw 7 Passes. Complete 4. Win Game.

After a slow start this season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) threw six touchdowns and one interception in victories over the Panthers and Lions before throwing three picks in a loss to the Eagles on October 12.

The Panthers are one of three teams to not allow either a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard receiver, along with the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins.

According to head coach Ron Rivera, Kalil is set to return to action in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers have caught the injury bug of late, and have some question marks heading into Sunday's game. Trubisky started the season behind Mike Glennon at quarterback, but Glennon proved to be too turnover-prone to continue getting the ball.

Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers leads Carolina with 6.5 sacks.

The Panthers' 25 penalties for 219 yards this season ranks first in the National Football League, ahead of Washington (28 for 204) and Denver (32 for 288).

Jackson's fumble return for a touchdown looked more like a muffed lateral by rookie Curtis Samuel instead of a fumble by Newton, as it showed up on the stats.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (21 of 34, 211 yards) was intercepted twice in the loss.

Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly has been ruled out for Sundays tilt. If Carolina is missing star defender Luke Kuechly, it will be hard for the Panthers to stop a Chicago offense that has committed to run the ball early and often.

Kuechly was limited in practice Thursday after not participating the previous two days, but the Panthers will start David Mayo in his stead against Chicago.

Trubisky has passed for 241 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his first two appearances.

The Panthers have a chance to be successful against the Bears, who rank 15th in rushing yards allowed (626).

For the Bears, the formula for winning seems to weigh on the shoulders of running back Jordan Howard.

Running the ball was a big problem against Philadelphia, as Stewart tallied minus-4 yards on eight carries and McCaffrey rushed for 8 yards on four carries. The No. 2 overall pick threw a 70-yard pass to Tarik Cohen, but did little else. Carolina is 0-4 all-time in the regular season at Soldier Field.

The Panthers are allowing 280 total yards per game, which now ranks fourth in the NFL. On average they tend to give up more points and especially more rushing yards when he's not in the game.

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