A pair of surprising teams will face-off during the early window of Week 6 games as the Chicago Bears head to Carolina to take on the Panthers.
With the Bears entering at 4-1 and Carolina at 3-2, there’s certainly a bit of shock to the early success of both of these teams. Whether it’s for real remains to be seen, but Sunday’s encounter should go a long way in sorting out the contenders from the pretenders.
For Carolina, new head coach Matt Rhule has instilled a new culture and belief surrounding his Panthers group. Though they’ve missed Christian McCaffrey in recent weeks, Teddy Bridgewater and Mike Davis have highlighted the depth of the team during their run of impressive form. This team executes well, though a sturdy Bears’ defense will represent a different type of challenge.
The Bears enter primed to make a post-season run in the competitive NFC, something many might not have anticipated at the beginning of this campaign. Despite uncertain and mediocre quarterback play from Mitch Trubisky and now Nick Foles, the Bears just keep finding ways to secure victories. And while many think the Bears’ record thus far is a bit of a mirage – Sunday’s game should provide more insight into this group going forward.
With there quite likely not being a dominant team in the NFC to run away with things, who is to say it can’t be one of the Bears or Panthers? This matchup should be fascinating as both groups try to continue their impressive form. Read on beneath the posted odds for a matchup breakdown, team news, and a betting selection as we seek to kick-off Week 6 with a winning wager.
Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +1 (-105)
@ Carolina Panthers -1 (-115)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers Pick:
Despite a slow start from Carolina, three consecutive victories have them in the hunt in the NFC. Their offense, led by journeyman QB Teddy Bridgewater has feasted of late. And though it has come against weakened stop units, they’ve still been impressive without their star running back in Christian McCaffrey.
However this week is likely going to get much more difficult as they prepare for a pesky Bears’ defense that has proven to be very opportunistic through their first five games. Chicago’s secondary is designed to slow down the deep receiving corps of Carolina’s, and expect their front to get to Bridgewater with regularity. It will be interesting to see how the untested quarterback deals with some adversity on Sunday.
On the other side of the football, it’ll again be Nick Foles under centre for the Bears. He’s been wildly inconsistent so far this season, and though he’s hardly an upgrade on Mitch Trubisky – it’s clear the rest of the team has started to play better since his appointment to the starting role.
Even if Foles isn’t great, the Panthers have been porous of late at stifling the opposition’s rushing game – especially now without Kawann Short. Todd Gurley was dominant last week against this defensive front, and if David Montgomery can find similar holes and success – it could be a solid overall outing for this Bears’ attack.
The Panthers are just far too banged up to consider backing them at this price. Chicago is far from perfect and definitely aren’t as good as their record would indicate, but the Bears should be able to really pounce on a depleted Panthers’ stop unit. A 5-1 Bears’ team certainly was unexpected at the beginning of this season!