NFL Capsule: Panthers at Bears

NFL Capsule: Panthers at Bears
October 25, 2012, 2:10 pm
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CAROLINA (1-5) At CHICAGO (5-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Bears by 7 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 2-4; Chicago 4-2

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 4-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 29; Bears No. 5

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Panthers 34-29, Oct. 2, 2011

LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Dallas 19-14; Bears beat Lions 13-7

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (13), PASS (22)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (19), PASS (19)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (9), PASS (25)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (2), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - With worst record in NFC and four-game losing streak, Panthers fired GM Marty Hurney on Monday. ... Four of five losses were by six points or less. ... Only win was 35-27 over New Orleans on Sept. 16. ... In past two weeks, Panthers have lost three-time Pro Bowl C Ryan Kalil (foot), CB Chris Gamble (shoulder) and three-time Pro Bowl LB Jon Beason (knee and shoulder) to season-ending injuries. ... Panthers had 543 yards against Bears last year. ... Bears have won four straight. ... Chicago allowing league-low 13 points per game while scoring 27 per game - eighth in league. Bears lead NFL with 21 takeaways. Defense has five interception returns for TDs, tying team record. ... Matt Forte ran for career-high 205 yards against Carolina last year. ... Devin Hester returned punt 69 yards for TD last year against Carolina and returned kickoff 73 yards to set up scoring run by Forte in that game. ... With 885 completions as Bear, Jay Cutler needs 20 to move past Sid Luckman (904) for third and 29 to surpass Erik Kramer (913) for second. Jim Harbaugh holds franchise record with 1,023. ... Brandon Marshall averaging 96.2 yards receiving. ... CB Charles Tillman tied for third with Donnell Woolford on Bears' list with 32 INTs, behind safeties Gary Fencik (38) and Richie Petitbon (37). ... Lance Briggs has two INT returns for TDs this season and five in career, tied for third among linebackers on NFL's all-time list with Jack Pardee and one behind Derrick Brooks and Bobby Bell. ... CB Tim Jennings tied for NFL lead with a career-high four INTs.

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