Mitchell Trubisky will make his third career NFL start in Week 7 when the Chicago Bears host the Carolina Panthers. Kickoff is at 1:00 EST on Sunday, October 22 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The game will be available in local markets on CBS.
Oddsmakers have the Panthers as 3-point favorites on the road. The over/under for the game is 40.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 7 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Panthers vs Bears Game Betting Preview & Vegas Odds
Carolina currently sits atop the NFC South at 4-2, but they enter this game coming off a loss. The Panthers fell to the Eagles at home last week, plagued by three interceptions by Cam Newton.
It was by far the worst game of the season for Newton, who has been up and down all year and has been responsible for eight interceptions and four fumbles. However, when he’s avoided turnovers, the Panthers have won games.
The Bears, on the other hand, are 2-4 and last in their division. However, they are coming off a win. Despite a modest effort from Trubisky, the Bears beat the Ravens 27-24 last week thanks to Jordon Howard taking the ball 36 times and gaining 167 yards on the ground, as well as three turnovers forced by the defense, including a 90-yard pick-six.
Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily a formula that’s going to work every week. The Bears are going to need more out of their young quarterback if they’re going to make any noise in the NFC North this season.
Free NFL Pick Against the Spread: Panthers -3
It’s not hard to see that Trubisky is still struggling to find his way in the NFL. Against a top-10 defense this week, he’s bound to struggle. Even with Newton and the Panthers being inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball, I’ll still lean toward the Panthers to get a win on the road and cover the spread. After all, they have 3-point road wins against both the Patriots and Lions and should do better against the Bears.
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Despite being a catalyst in last week’s win, the Chicago defense has been unimpressive this season. Meanwhile, the Panthers have slowly made progress on offense, even with Newton throwing three picks last week. Over their last three games, the Panthers are averaging 27 points. If Carolina can get anywhere close to that this week, I don’t see Trubisky and the Chicago offense being able to match it.
The biggest key for Carolina will once again be the defense. It’s a unit that’s a little banged up and has struggled to keep opposing teams off the scoreboard in recent weeks. But the Panthers still have plenty of talent on that side of the ball, especially up front.
After Howard got 36 carries last week, look for Carolina to be focused on stopping the running game. The Panthers would love nothing more than to force Trubisky to beat them. If Carolina’s defense can force some obvious throwing situations, they have the pass rushers who will be all too happy to get after the rookie.
When push comes to shove, Trubisky hasn’t shown enough, nor does he have the playmakers around him, to do much damage against the Carolina defense. I don’t expect this game to be pretty, but ultimately, the Panthers should be able to win by more than a field goal.