Bears 17, panthers 3.. Game preview and who ya got???
Well this has been an intersting week, and we will probably not know for Syre
until Saturday who will be starting for the bears. Cutler practiced yesterdya,
but still needs to pass an independant Dr's evaluation before beinng OK'ed- so
will do the "O" for both Cutler and collins( who lovie already said will start
if cutler doesn't). the Defense and special teams will remain unaffected by
whoever is the starter, so that remains the same. The bears are 2-2 against the
panthers, having lost their last 2 times went to Carolina. The Panthers are
stuggling mightly, being 0-4 and having lost steve smith to an ankle injury and
dwyane jarrett to stupidity and rookie Qb Clausen now the starter.
Cutler leads all NFL quarterbacks in fourth-quarter passer rating (133.4).
Johnnie Knox leads the NFL at 21.5 YPC
We will be having 300+ people at our tailgate before the game at the Moorehead and McNich streets
"if" cutler does play , expect to see a very healthy Dose on not only the run game, but quick 2-3 step drops to start and get everyone in a rythym, and if successful, expect the longer passes to come in the 2nd quarter. The panthers "D" is very weak in the secondary and can be exploited. A llinebacker beason is very good, but their "D" line have a couple of good run stoppers, but lack without peppers a very good pass rush. Hester should be open alot of the 9 routes and look for cutler to exploit this. If Collins is the starter, expect a much more vanilla game plan as we saw sunday, where will be more about no turnovers and The TE's to be very active again with olsen and hopefully clark activated.
The homecoming for peppers, I really think will be his best game of 2010, and a 3+ sack day of Clausen. You know he had this date circled since came here- and while hasnt had the sacks yet- been everything we have wanted in a DE- he add's the sacks this game. Clausen can be rattled and when does, turtles quick, as always did at Norte Dame. Without smith and jarrett the passign game will be in for a loooong day and expect alot of punts. The 1-2 punch of williams/stewart has been muted for the most part this year, and with no Wr's expect the bears to load the box with 8-9 for most of the Day and contain the run- if clowney,lefell and gettis beat us, so be it- but you don't want to be beaten by the run game, let the rook Wr's and clausen.The panthers "O" is dead last in league only avg 11.5 points a game and 30th by yards , so a good day for the "D" to get their stats back .
ON SPECIAL TEAMS
Especially if Collins starts, special teams will be very important as will turn into a field position and punt fest. hester will get his chances on the Punts and really favors us in the field position battle. Robbie is as solid as they come
BEARS 17 PANTHERS 3
Forte 18 carries 85 yards, 1 TD
hester 7 catches, 110 yards 1 TD
Peppers, 6 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 FF
WHO YA GOT AND WHY????
Forte 14 carries 32 yards
Defense 0 sacks
Bears 3 Panthers 0
Bears QB sacked 4 times
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Peppers: Panthers tried to make me look bad
Oct 6, 4:59 pm ED
By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Julius Peppers(notes) described his offseason departure from Carolina as “a little sour” on Wednesday, claiming the Panthers tried to paint him in a bad light after deciding to let him leave in free agency.
In a conference call with reporters ahead of Peppers’ return to Charlotte on Sunday with the Chicago Bears, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end said he was under the impression the Panthers decided to “do away with anybody who is making a significant amount of money” as part of a roster overhaul that’s produced the NFL’s youngest team.
“That’s a business decision. I can understand and respect that,” the 30-year-old Peppers said. “The problem that I had was they tried to turn the tables and make it look like I wanted out no matter what. Really, I didn’t have the option to stay. It was never offered to stay.”
“So when I say it ended a little sour, I felt like it could have been a little more respectful. At least a phone call to say, ‘It’s been good. We’re going in a different direction. We’re going to let you go.’ They couldn’t even give me that.”
Peppers also disputed Panthers general manager Marty Hurney’s earlier claims that they twice tried to make him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. Peppers said that happened only once, after the 2007 season, a deal he rejected.
Hurney didn’t return a message seeking comment, releasing only a short statement that didn’t address Peppers’ criticism.
“Julius gave us eight great years and we appreciate everything he did for us,” Hurney said.
The Panthers and Peppers were locked in a lengthy contract dispute that included his pleas to allow him to leave in free agency after the 2008 season The Panthers refused and used the restrictive franchise tag, requiring a mammoth one-year deal that paid Peppers $18.2 million last season.
The Panthers could have used the franchise tag again this season, but at the cost of at least $20.1 million. The Panthers declined and let the 6-foot-7 Peppers, the franchise’s career leader with 81 sacks, leave without compensation.
The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 draft signed a six-year, $91.5 million deal with the Bears in March. While he said he’s happy in Chicago - he has two sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal for the Bears (3-1) - he’s puzzled with how things ended in Charlotte.
“I was kind of surprised because I was expecting to hear something from them,” Peppers said. “I didn’t understand what was going on. But as the weeks and the months went by, I started getting the picture of the direction they were going in and I knew I wasn’t a part of it.”
Now Peppers, a Bailey, N.C., native who starred in college in North Carolina, will return home to play the struggling Panthers (0-4) for the first time on Sunday. After the two years of rocky contract negotiations, Peppers said he has “no idea” how he’ll be received by fans.
But Peppers was clearly frustrated at the perception he doesn’t play hard on every down. The reputation has stuck with him since college and was fueled by games in Carolina in which the freakishly athletic Peppers had little impact.
“I just see that as people not being able to form an opinion for themselves,” Peppers said. “People will hear one thing and just run with it. … A couple people started saying it for whatever reason, and then it followed me. And then people just kept repeating it, even though it wasn’t true.”
Peppers, who also ranks first in Carolina history with 29 forced fumbles and nine blocked kicks, is proud of his time with Carolina despite the criticism and messy ending.
“Look at a guy like Dwight Freeney(notes), who had (84) sacks or whatever it was in eight seasons. I’m right there behind him at 81,” Peppers said. “If people look at the numbers and stop just making up stuff about how I played, you’ll realize I’ve done well and really I think I exceeded expectations when I was brought to that team.”
Notes: Panthers WR Steve Smith was on crutches in the locker room after missing practice with a high ankle sprain. Smith is expected to miss at least one game. … S Sherrod Martin(notes) (concussion) sat out practice, but is holding out hope he’ll be cleared to play Sunday. … RB DeAngelo Williams(notes) (illness) and RT Jeff Otah(notes) (knee) didn’t practice, while LB Jamar Williams(notes) (neck) was limited. … The first court appearance for Dwayne Jarrett(notes), cut on Tuesday after he was charged with driving while impaired, was postponed from Wednesday to Nov. 12.
Collins is the starter and I'm not as confident as you that the Bears are going to win. I'll be surprized if the Bears score 10 "offensive" points with Collins at qb.
I'm not predicting the Bears lose, but I'm not confident in a win without Cutler. I'd rather see Hanie as the qb than Collins.
Originally Posted by GeorgiaJeff
Oh now that collins is starting All that changes is think will be 10-3 but still a "W"
And while like hanie alot better than collins also- because of all the time lost with the injury, he still may not be up to speed with the playbook for Martz liking, and why collins is in there-
I will keep my prediction of 3-0 because I made it assuming Cutler would not play. Signs pointed that way, so I went with it.
Jay Cutler will come out of his coma and throw the ball for an NFL record 698 yards completing 16 passes to hester all for TDs and taking zero sacks.
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Rediculous!!! Hanie was in every offseason program and couldn't throw for a few weeks........ A FREKIN MONTH AGO! Up to speed my hairy ass. Hanie should have been in before Collins last week. NO reason he can't start this week.
Originally Posted by dabears54
The meltdown come early this year.
Panthers 24 Bears 9.
Bowman is going to make Clausen look like a star.