Chicago Bears: 5 Things to Watch for in Week 7

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How Well Will O-Line Protect Mitchell Trubisky?

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Even though the Bears have the five players that they want starting on their offensive line, there is still room for doubt considering their recent performance. Versus the Ravens last week, they allowed rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to be sacked four times, and things won’t get any easier against the Panthers. Carolina has the second-most sacks in the league (20), and even though he isn’t a starter, defensive end Julius Peppers is fifth in the NFL with 6.5 sacks. The duty of blocking the 16-year veteran will go to right tackle Bobby Massie. Fans are still waiting for a breakout game from Trubisky, and in order for that to happen, the offensive front must keep him upright.

The struggles of center Cody Whitehair snapping the ball from the shotgun is also something to keep an eye on.