The Carolina Panthers will face off against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. Both teams have been struggling this season, and this matchup illustrates the challenges often associated with mid-week NFL action.
The Chicago Bears have had a disappointing season, with a 2-7 record. They haven’t fared much better against the spread, holding a 3-5-1 mark following a 24-17 road loss to the New Orleans Saints in their most recent Game.
On the other hand, the Carolina Panthers have a 1-7 record for the season, with a 1-6-1 record against the spread, despite showing some promise with their first win of the year. However, they suffered a setback in their previous game, falling 27-13 to the Indianapolis Colts.
Bryce Young, Carolina’s young quarterback, has shown flashes of promise but hasn’t lived up to the high expectations of being the first overall pick last year. In their previous game, Young threw a touchdown and three interceptions against the Colts, who don’t boast the most formidable defense. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 173 yards.
Although struggling overall, the Chicago Bears have a silver lining in their solid rush defense. They rank fourth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per Game and are the league’s best in yards allowed per carry. This could present a challenge for the Panthers, who heavily rely on their passing Game, ranking third in the NFL in pass attempts per Game. However, they are 27th in passing yards, dead last in yards per completion, and yards per attempt.
The Chicago Bears have been forced to rely on Tyson Beagant recently, and he has shown glimpses of competence. The Bears secured a win at home against the Las Vegas Raiders and remained competitive against the New Orleans Saints. Looking ahead, the return of Justin Fields, who is expected back in mid-November, could boost the team. While this doesn’t benefit them in this matchup, it suggests a potentially brighter future.
Considering the circumstances, the Chicago Bears appear slightly better in this contest. Carolina Panthers have struggled on the road, losing all four away games this season, albeit against teams like the Detroit Lions, the Miami Dolphins, Seattle, and Atlanta. In each of those road losses, they fell by 10 or more points.
In conclusion, despite their struggles, the Chicago Bears seem to hold the edge in this Thursday Night Football clash. Given both teams’ challenges, the Bears are the favored side leaning toward covering the spread.
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