670 staff predictions: Bears-Panthers

Kickoff is set for Sunday at noon.
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(670 The Score) The Bears (4-1) visit the Panthers (3-2) on Sunday.

WBBM Newsradio 780 will carry the game, with kickoff set for noon. 670 The Score will have pregame with Hub Arkush, Olin Kreutz and Patrick Mannelly starting at 9 a.m. leading up to game time. You can see all of 670’s preview coverage of the Bears-Panthers matchup by clicking here.

Here are our 670 game predictions, with each individual's Bears prognostication record this season in parentheses.

David Haugh (2-3): Bears 27, Panthers 21
After facing two straight tough defenses, the Bears welcome the chance to move the chains and score touchdowns against the Panthers. Nick Foles needs to start fast, get in rhythm and think downfield. A makeshift offensive line must find consistency without its most physical blocker, James Daniels. Defensively, the Bears pass rush can’t let Teddy Bridgewater escape the pocket, and the run defense must bottle up ex-Chicago running back Mike Davis. The Panthers are better than many expected at 3-2 – but so are the 4-1 Bears, who have received little respect but should win this one.

Mike Mulligan (2-3): Bears 21, Panthers 19
The Bears’ running game should improve dramatically after being stymied the last couple weeks. That spells opportunity for David Montgomery. This should be another spot for the defense to shine.

Danny Parkins (2-3): Bears 30, Panthers 20
The Colts have the No. 1 DVOA defense in the NFL. The Buccaneers have the No. 2 defense. The Panthers have the 25th-ranked defense. The Bears have extra rest. This should be the Bears’ best offensive game of the season.

Herb Lawrence (2-3): Panthers 17, Bears 16
The Bears are totally unpredictable. I don’t know which team will show up week to week, so I’m just going to do coin tosses from here on out – heads and the Bears win, tails and they lose. This week, it’s a tail.

Chris Emma (3-2): Bears 24, Panthers 19
The Bears keep finding ways to win, and they'll do it again at Carolina. With Matt Nagy and Foles developing a better play-calling rapport and the 10-day layoff being beneficial, Chicago improves to 5-1.

Rick Camp (3-2): Panthers 24, Bears 21
The Bears are the second-worst 4-1 team of the past 30 years, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. Only the 2010 Bears were worse. So like with the Panthers, there are still plenty of questions about the beloved. The Panthers have taken a hit on defense in losing defensive tackle Kawann Short for the season, but I worry about Carolina’s offensive speed giving Chicago fits. Teddy Bridgewater bests the Bears again.

Jay Zawaski (2-3): Bears 21, Panthers 17
My prediction? PAIN!

Nick Shepkowski (4-1): Bears 23, Panthers 20
A Bears defensive score makes the difference and gets them to an unseen 5-1.