"It was a good football team that came to town, a team that had a lot of playoff experience and leadership on their football team". Could he do it this week?
After a 4-1 start, the Panthers have turned the ball over six times total in back-to-back losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Bears. He finished with one of the lowest grades on the Panthers in Week 7 at 36.3. In the second, he intercepted a deflected pass from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and went 76 yards for the touchdown. But the Panthers dropped their second straight game. 2-4 Chicago meanwhile, had just two defensive touchdowns in the last two seasons combined, and now has two in the first half. The Bears then had a huge opportunity when Trubisky connected with Cohen on that 70-yard pass to the 5, but had to settle for a 19-yard kick by Connor Barth that made it 17-3.
At the end of the day, he picked up a win with only four completions, though he did throw for 107 yards thanks to a 70-yard catch-and-run by Tarik Cohen.
The worries about throwing him to the wolves (or the Ravens and Vikings) were overwrought. That's a milestone for the Bears season, their closest point spread of the season. You've got to give the other team some credit. Current Bears coach John Fox, who has always loved an ugly game.
Carolina has been bad running the football this season, with their running backs averaging less than three yards per carry.
Early in the second quarter, Chicago's Prince Amukamara tipped a pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin.
Newton completed 21 of 34 passes for 211 yards and ran for a team-high 50.
Clearly, the switch to Mitch Trubisky has provided a needed jolt.
Cam Newton put together a few solid drives in the first half, but he was thwarted in enemy territory twice for the game-changing plays. If the NFL Network is part of your cable package, you can also live stream the game through the NFL app on XBox, Apple TV, or Roku device on your TV. Their defense is very respectable.
The defense is one of the best in the league and played extremely well against the Bears. But they still might not be in the Panthers' class. If he coughs up the ball and the Bears take advantage, the Bears will win this game.
Samuel admits he lost track of the ball, via ESPN reporter David Newton.