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Chicago (17) vs. Carolina (3)
Tarik Cohen saw a good amount of activity at wide receiver, where undrafted rookie and recent practice squad callup Tanner Gentry otherwise appears to be the top wideout. Of course, when the Bears are attempting under 10 passes per game, perhaps it doesn't matter much. Trubisky is athletic and poised, and eventually he might be good, but he pretty much has no idea what he's doing right now. Considering the defense barely needs to so much as pretend to care about the pass, Jordan Howard's showing was at least slightly impressive.
Cam Newton wasn't good in this one, but his 'fumble' was actually a dropped pitch by Curtis Samuel, and the Panthers pass catchers otherwise struggled to get open against a crew of Chicago corners who have been highly effective this year. I expect him to bounce back against Tampa Bay, and both of Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess in the process.
It's less easy to see light at the end of the tunnel for the Carolina running game, which is getting absolutely nothing from Christian McCaffrey, and not much more than that from Jonathan Stewart. Neither has looked particularly good, but it's also safe to say neither has looked as bad as their numbers. I have to chalk it up to the offensive line in large part – indeed, Football Outsiders metrics place Carolina as the 23rd team in tackles at or behind the line of