Bears vs. Panthers Talking Smack with Cat Crave

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Sep 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Darrin Reaves (36) carries the ball as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) tackles at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

High scoring affair? Did you sign Aaron Rodgers this week? I don’t see the Panthers scoring a lot of points on the Bears even if the Bears are still decimated with injuries and illness on their defensive line. You are missing Stewart, Tolbert and Williams all due to injuries. It sounds like the Panthers offense is a little one dimensional this week. Who is going to run the ball?

Sep 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws the ball as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) tackles at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

"Yeah, our running game is looking weak right now, but coming back home and after two rough weeks, I think Cam is ready to have a breakout game. He might not be Aaron Rodgers, but the Bears’ confidence is shot. The defense looked like a dumpster fire last weekend…. and it was at home. Our offensive line has had to deal with two stout defenses the past couple of weeks, but looking at the Chicago front-seven, I feel the Carolina offensive line sees an opportunity to step up. Darrin Reaves looked a little hesitant coming out of our backfield last week, but is actually a promising back that needs some time. For the Bears’ sake, they don’t want it to happen against them. We also just signed Chris Ogbonnaya, so you will probably see a little dose of him. He’s no Forte, but he is a good receiving back to help Newton out. How do you think Forte will do against our defense. He was quiet for a few weeks and had a great week four. How do you anticipate that he will be utilized against our defense?"

Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) rushes the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the second half at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers defeats the Chicago Bears 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Cam is ready with his bullet proof jacket and all?  Isn’t he still recovering from a broken rib? Things are not looking good for the Panthers for Sunday. Frank Alexander was suspended for 10 games, Greg Hardy is still out and Charles Johnson is not healthy. All of these injuries are adding up. Believe me, Bears fans know all about it. The same thing is happening to the Bears. Cornerback Charles Tilman is out for the season. Brandon Marshall is battling an ankle injury and didn’t show up much against Green Bay. Two offensive line starters are still out with high ankle sprains.  I think that had a lot to do with Matt Forte’s performance a few weeks ago, but also playing against some of the best run defense teams sure didn’t help either. Last time I checked, the Panthers are currently ranked near the bottom for run defense. I think that the Bears are going to be using Forte a lot on Sunday, just like they did against the Packers. He should have a great week both rushing and receiving. As for the Bears defense not being any good. Yes, last week they were awful. But the previous two weeks they showed up to play. I think you will be seeing a different defense than the one you saw against the Packers on Sunday. Speaking of defense, what is going on with Carolina’s defense? Are they just not performing due to injuries? My fantasy team wants to know.

"Haha….Cam definitely needs to rest, but he will beat down the Bears with his arm this week. He sees the vulnerabilities in the Bears up front and in their secondary, so look for he and Kelvin Benjamin to keep the good times rollin’ in Charlotte. Frank Alexander is killing me! I put out a solid article on the guy turning his life around, and a few hours later, he gets suspended another ten games. Our defensive line is atrocious right now and really need to dig deep to find a rotation that will put pressure on Jay Cutler. Stopping Matt Forte is very important in helping the Panthers to a win on Sunday. The run defense in Carolina has been awful that even Curtis Enis could look like Walter Payton. This defense is too strong and too good to continue looking the way they have. Containing Forte and pressuring Jay Cutler will be the way to beat the Bears. Martellus Bennett scares me too, but I have faith in our defense to rise to the occasion in front of the home crowd. If you have the Panthers’ defense, I would drop them. Until the defensive line gets going, the Carolina defense is average. Now, I guess it truly depends on how confident you are in Cutler sacking up and coming to play. That offensive line will have their hands full, and Cutler isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer when he is forced to make quick decisions. In your opinion, do you think Kyle Fuller can handle Kelvin Benjamin for 60 minutes? I have respect for Fuller, but 5″ and 45 pounds is a lot to give away to a talented receiver. Wait…. are we still talking about football here??"