October 02, 2014

CHICAGO (2-2) at CAROLINA (2-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 2-2, Carolina 2-2

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 5-3

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Panthers 23-22 on Oct. 28, 2012

LAST WEEK - Bears lost to Packers 38-17, Panthers lost to Ravens 38-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 16, Panthers t-No. 17

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (20), PASS (14).

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (20), PASS (20).

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (29), PASS (13).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (27), PASS (12).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jay Cutler has compiled franchise-best career QB rating of 83.9. . Cutler has led 22 career-game winning drives in fourth quarter or overtime, including 15 with Chicago. . Cutler has 10 TD passes, tied for most in NFC. . Bears RB Matt Forte needs 76 yards rushing to reach 7,000 for career. ... Forte's 6,924 yards rushing since 2008 is third-most in NFL. . TE Martellus Bennett had career-high nine catches for 134 yards last Sunday vs. Green Bay. . WR Brandon Marshall has five touchdowns receiving and 28 TDs in 36 games with Chicago. . DE Jared Allen has three sacks, two forced fumbles in past four games against Carolina. . Panthers RB Darrin Reaves expected to make first career start with RBs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert injured. . With 21 yards, QB Cam Newton can pass RB Stephen Davis for fifth in Carolina history. . WR Kelvin Benjamin and TE Greg Olsen both on pace to catch 84 passes in 2014. . Panthers have allowed 75 points and 908 yards in past two games. . DE Charles Johnson has zero sacks after posting 11 in 2013. . CB Antoine Cason has played in 100 straight games. . CB Josh Norman to start in place of Melvin White, who was benched Monday. ... LB Thomas Davis (hip) says he'll play vs. Chicago after sitting out vs. Baltimore.

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