Panthers vs Bears — After an extended break following their Thursday Night Football loss to Philadelphia, the Carolina Panthers will look to get back in the win column on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Carolina has fared well on the road this season with a perfect 3-0 record, but the Panthers have never won a regular season game in Chicago at Soldier Field.
The Bears are coming off a 27-24 overtime win against Baltimore, Chicago’s second win of the season.
Here’s a look at the significant numbers between the Panthers and Bears leading up to Sunday’s matchup in the Windy City:
Chicago is undefeated against the Panthers in the regular season at Soldier Field. Carolina’s only win in Chicago was during the 2005 NFC Playoffs, a 29-21 victory in the divisional round.
The Panthers will face the Bears for the tenth time in franchise history on Sunday. Chicago leads the all-time series 4-5, including postseason play.
Carolina won its last contest against Chicago, a 31-24 victory at Bank of America Stadium in 2014, but the Bears have won three of the last five in the series.
Carolina’s defense has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher over the past 10 games, dating back to last season.
Seattle’s Thomas Rawls was the last player to rush for at least 100 yards against the Panthers’ defense. Rawls tallied 16 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 40-7 drubbing of Carolina last season on Dec. 4, 2016.
The Panthers are one of three teams to not allow either a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard receiver, along with the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins.
Carolina’s front seven has flourished this season at getting to the quarterback, an area where the 2016 squad thrived as well.
The Panthers’ 20 sacks rank tied for second in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams.
Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers leads Carolina with 6.5 sacks. Fellow defensive end Mario Addison and defensive tackle Kawann Short have tallied three sacks apiece, and linebackers Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson have both recorded two.
The Panthers’ 25 penalties for 219 yards this season ranks first in the NFL, ahead of Washington (28 for 204) and Denver (32 for 288).
Carolina fell out of the top spot after 11 flags that resulted in 100 yards in Week 5 against Detroit, but the Panthers were penalized once for one yard last week against Philadelphia.
The Panthers have played in one full game without a penalty enforced in franchise history, in a 31-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 14, 1997.
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart already broke the Panthers’ all-time leading rushing record this season, but the 10-year veteran is nearing another franchise milestone.
Stewart needs only two touchdowns to surpass former Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams for second-most in team history.
Williams tallied 46 rushing touchdowns and seven receiving during his time in Carolina. Stewart has garnered 45 rushing scores and is even with Williams’ seven touchdowns through the air.
Former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith remains atop the list with 75 total touchdowns – 40 receiving, 29 rushing and six special teams.
Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly has been ruled out for Sundays tilt. Kuechly remains in concussion protocol after leaving Carolina’s contest against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.
Kuechly was limited in practice Thursday after not participating the previous two days, but the Panthers will start David Mayo in his stead against Chicago.
The four-time Pro Bowler leads the Panthers with 46 tackles, two passes defense, one interception and one forced fumble.
The Bears enter Sunday’s tilt with the third ranked rushing attack in the NFL.
Led by running back Jordan Howard, the Bears are averaging 4.3 yards per carry, which ranks seventh in the league.
Howard has tallied 118 carries for 495 yards and four scores. Rookie tailback Tarik Cohen has recorded 50 carries for 226 yards this season. Cohen is also a curial piece to the Bears’ passing attack with a team high 26 receptions.
Carolina’s defense continues to be ranked among the league’s top units after the first six weeks of the regular season.
The Panthers are allowing 280 total yards per game, which currently ranks fourth in the NFL.
Carolina’s front seven has held opposing rushing attacks to 83.3 yards per carry, and the banged-up secondary is averaging 196.7 yards though the air.