Chicago Bears vs Carolina Panthers: 5 Keys to the Game

October 28, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I recently wrote that this Bears-Panthers matchup should result in an easy victory for Chicago if things go as planned. But exactly what are these "things" and what has to happen for the Bears to improve to 6-1 on the season?
No matter what the records are, any NFL team can beat another NFL team on a given day. So just because Carolina limps into the game at 1-5, it doesn't mean they have no talent.
Recognizing that, let's dive right into the keys to the game.
1. Jason Campbell, get that helmet on!
Bears QB Jay Cutler is nursing sore ribs and there were even some calls for the Bears to rest Cutler and let Jason Campbell start this game, since it is a contest in which the Bears are huge favorites. That will not happen, of course, but I could certainly see the need for Campbell to be ready in case Cutler's ribs are cooked. (I shouldn't write that at lunchtime, it's making me hungry.)
Yet unlike last year, when Cutler went down and took the rest o...

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