The Chicago Bears look to improve to 5-1 for the first time since 2012 when they play the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.
The Bears offense will try to take a step forward under quarterback Nick Foles after 10 days of reflection and work following the 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 8. Bears coach Matt Nagy criticized his team’s attention to detail following that win, and he said their veterans responded by leading a solid week of practice.
“There are going to be games that you will have to win ugly,” Nagy said. “I would say probably the last two games might fall in that category of needing to find a way. It’s going be hard to score a whole lot of points all the time … but you can’t win like that all the time. So I think it’s nice to be able to help our defense out and score some points so they can pin their ears back. I just want to see a complete game from our entire team.”
The Bears will be without safety Deon Bush, who continues to battle a hamstring injury, and left guard James Daniels, who went on injured reserve this week with a torn pectoral muscle. Safety Sherrick McManis (hamstring), offensive lineman Alex Bars (shoulder) and defensive linemen John Jenkins (thumb) and Brent Urban (knee) were listed as questionable.
The Panthers will be without running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive tackle Kawann Short, who are both on injured reserve. They also placed defensive lineman Yetur Gross-Matos on injured reserve and offensive lineman Tyler Larsen on the COVID-19/reserve list this week. Cornerbacks Eli Apple (hamstring) and Donte Jackson (toe), wide receiver Curtis Samuel (knee) and defensive tackle Zach Kerr (toe) were listed as questionable.
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