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NFL Preview: Carolina Panthers (1-7) at Chicago Bears (2-7)

STADIUM: Solider Field

REFEREE: Clete Blakeman

DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2023

GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET

Prime Video: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Kaylee Hartung Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Joe Thomas

SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) CAR: 81 or 226 CHI: 83 or 225 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY REG. SEASON: CHI leads series, 7-3 (won 5 of past 6)

THE LAST TIME: REG. SEASON: 10/18/20: CHI 23 at CAR 16

HEAD COACHES NOTES:

Frank Reich vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 1-0 Reg. Season: 41-40-1 (.506) Postseason: 1-2 (.333)

Matt Eberflus vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-0 Reg. Season: 5-21 (.192) Postseason: 0-0

CAROLINA PANTHERS NOTES:

• QB BRYCE YOUNG (rookie) can make 1st-career TNF start. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 87.1 rating in his only career primetime start (Week 2 vs. NO). Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 80+ rating.

• RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 67 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 9 rec.) in Week 9. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 12 of his past 14. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards.

• RB MILES SANDERS aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with 60+ scrimmage yards.

• WR ADAM THIELEN led team with 5 catches last week & ranks 3rd in NFC with 62 receptions in 2023, his 7th-career season with 60+ catches. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 11+ catches & aims for his 8th in row with 5+ receptions. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with TD catch. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Chi. & aims for his 3rd in row at Chi. with TD catch.

• TE HAYDEN HURST led team with 52 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in his only career game vs. Chi. (9/27/20 w/ Atl.).

• LB BRIAN BURNS aims for his 5th in row with TFL & needs TFL for 3rd-straight season with 10+ TFL. Has 8 TFL & 4 sacks in his past 5 on road. Has sack in 3 of 4 career games on Thursday.

• LB FRANKIE LUVU led team with 11 tackles last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. Has 10 TFL in his past 8 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with sack. Is 1 of 3 (Maxx Crosby & Christian Wilkins) with 200+ tackles (216) & 30+ TFL (34) since 2021.

• LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with sack. Has 5 sacks & 6 TFL in 4 career games vs. Chi. & aims for his 4th in row at Chi. with sack.

• DT DERRICK BROWN aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Has 5 TFL in his past 4 in primetime.

CHICAGO BEARS NOTES:

• CHICAGO leads NFC with 135.3 rush yards per game this season.

• QB JUSTIN FIELDS had 282 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.3 rating on TNF in Week 5 (at Was.). Has TD pass in 6 of his past 7 primetime starts. Aims for his 4th in row in primetime with 50+ rush yards.

• QB TYSON BAGENT (rookie) had 1st-career game with 2 TD passes last week.

• RB D’ONTA FOREMAN rushed for 83 yards last week & has 65+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Rushed for 914 yards & 5 TDs in 2022 with Car. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with rush TD.

• WR DJ MOORE had 230 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs on TNF in Week 5 (at Was.). Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 TNF games. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Was selected in 1st round (No. 24 overall) by Car. in 2018 NFL Draft & had 364 catches for 5,201 rec. yards & 21 TDs in 80 games (2018-22) with Panthers.

• WR DARNELL MOONEY had season highs in receptions (5) & rec. yards (82) in Week 9.

• TE COLE KMET had 6 catches for 55 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 9, his 4th-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Is 1 of 2 TEs (Mark Andrews) with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 2 seasons.

• LB T.J. EDWARDS led team with 15 tackles & had TFL & PD in Week 9, his 6th game with 10+ tackles this season, tied-2nd most in NFL. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 98 tackles in 2023 & needs 2 tackles for 3rd-straight 100+ tackle season.

• LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD & 5th in row at home with 6+ tackles.

• LB JACK SANBORN aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6.

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