Some things are going right for the Bears for their game tomorrow with the Carolina Panthers and some things have gone wrong.
There have been up-dated articles posted at the Chicago Bears website starting with “Panthers game-breaking receiver won’t play Sunday.” Of course that receiver is Steve Smith who has an ankle injury. That means there will be rookies starting at wide receiver and the Panthers will also have a rookie at quarterback, Jeff Clausen, who so far has not found himself as the Panthers are 0-4.
Hopefully the Bears’ defense will be able to keep Clausen off-balance however they have their own problems.
Jay Cutler is not playing due to a concussion. Starting for him will be banged-up backup Todd Collins. Backup to him is Caleb Hanie. What if both og them get hurt? Lovie smith says the bears have a plan but he’s not saying who would come in. The defense will be without Major Wright who has shown such promise but been plagued with injuries.
Certainly if the Bears had to play without Cutler this would be the game.
It will be interesting to see if the offensive line can get their act together. I don’t think it is a matter of willpower. I just think they are light on experience and talent.
Several Bears that played with the Panthers are anxious to get back and play them. Julius Peppers just came over this year to the Bears and is anxious to play his old team as is safety Chris Harris and offensive lineman Frank Omiyale.
In talking about the game plan Lovie Smith has indicated that the Bears plan to be just as aggressive as if Jay Cutler were in the lineup. That means we should expect to see just as much passing, right? I doubt it. I would imagine the Bears will do everything they can to establish a running game. The defense will do all it can to upset the rookie quarterback. I’m concerned with Smith out their quarterback might relax and actually find himself because Smith rides him.
The Bears are favored by only three points but these odds are often set pretty early. With Smith out the game goes a little more in the Bears’ favor I think although the Panthers’ defense played well last week.
I’ll still pick the Bears, 21-10.
Chicago Bears’ Website, “Panthers game-breaking receiver won’t play Sunday”