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Turnovers hurt Panthers in 17-3 loss to Bears

Turnovers hurt Panthers in 17-3 loss to Bears”

On Sunday, the Bears beat the Panthers, 17-3, with two defensive touchdowns and an all-around incredible defensive effort, which means Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will get credited with a win after completing 4 of 7 passes for 107 yards - Cam Newton had half as many completions (two) to Bears players! They marched into Chicago territory and called an option play on first down from the 24-yard line.

Demps broke his arm in Week 3 but Jackson has certainly stepped up in a big way.

Strangely, both the Tebow and Trubisky games were coached by John Fox, meaning that maybe the guy just thrives when there's no long ball offensively? Whether it is firing Shula, Ron Rivera, overhauling the offense, or one of the less likely options, make a change at quarterback. This time, Newton's pass deflected off Kelvin Benjamin and flipped high in the air.

And somehow, the Bears are 3-4 and not completely out of the playoff picture.

Playing behind a patchwork offensive line, Newton was sacked five times and spent much of the day dancing around the pocket.

There are a lot of ways to win a football game, and they aren't always pretty. The No. 2 overall pick threw a 70-yard pass to Tarik Cohen, but did little else. On first-and-10 from the Chicago 45, running back Christian McCaffrey was uncovered cutting across the middle.

The Bears are probably at least a year away from serious contention in the NFC North, but they aren't the automatic victory for the Packers, Lions and Vikings that they were in 2016.

The big plays haven't been there like they were two and three weeks ago at New England and Detroit when the Panthers totaled five plays of 20-plus yards in each of those games. Three of those have been returned for touchdowns. But the rookie bought into the Bears' conservative gameplan for him and, with a 14-point lead for most of the game, wasn't going to force anything. Immediately, Carolina forced their first of six different three-and-out series against the Bears.

The stats tell the same story. Despite being one of only four completed passes and the only offensive points allowed by Carolina, it was enough for a win.

On third-and-seven from the Panthers' 25, Trubisky missed tight end Zach Miller, who was open in the left flat.



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