Which Chicago Bears were winners in Week 10 vs. Panthers?

The Chicago Bears did ultimately take care of business at home on the national stage against the lowly Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Yes, they won a football game, and it is important to give credit where it is due, but it was a very ugly win that easily could have gone the other way if not for a few plays.
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Chicago Bears, Montez Sweat
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Chicago Bears Week 10 Winner No. 2: Montez Sweat

The Bears have found themselves a stud pass rusher for the next four years. While Montez Sweat might not be in the elite tier of edge rushers, he is among the stars at that position. He showed why Ryan Poles paid a second-round pick and a bag of money for his services against the Panthers. Sweat had eight total pressures in the game, the most by a Chicago Bear since Robert Quinn in 2020. That alone is a win right there.

Sweat has such great athleticism, strength, and length that he has an array of different pass-rush moves he can use. He was mainly coming off the right side against veteran tackle Taylor Moton, and he was finding consistent success against him. Third downs especially featured Montez Sweat making rookie quarterback Bryce Young clearly uncomfortable. While Sweat was not able to reel in his first sack as a Chicago Bear, he did register three quarterback hits. Also, his services led to the rest of the team combining for three sacks, including one from Yannick Ngakoue.

It has been clear how the addition of Sweat has impacted this defensive line. While they still need more production out of the pass rush, it has taken a huge step with what Sweat brings to the table. He has freed guys like Justin Jones and Yannick Ngakoue to get more one-on-ones and easier pass-rush lanes because Sweat is drawing double teams and chip blocks.

While the Panthers' offensive line is not elite, they have some talented players there. The Bears were able to cause them fits all night with their different pass rush sets, and it was led by Sweat who made his presence felt.