Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers Matchup Preview (10/18/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Chicago Bears are coming off of a huge victory on Thursday Night Football against Tom Brady and the Bucs. The Bears reminded everyone how good their defense can be, and Nick Foles got his first win as a starter. Carolina has been on fire with three straight wins. Teddy Bridgewater is proving that he is a viable NFL starting QB and will try to keep the momentum going.
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Date: Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Coverage: FOX
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Chicago Bears Analysis
The win last week was huge for the Bears. They took on Brady who came in as a favorite and the defense completely shut him down. The offense is still having their struggles but against a weaker Carolina defense, this could be the week that they start to settle in. Nick Foles will be looking to really prove in this matchup that it was the right decision to go with him over Mitchell Trubisky.
The weapons around Foles are top-notch. Allen Robinson is one of the best WRs in the league, and he has breakout rookie Darrell Monney and stud Anthony Miller to complement him. Nick Foles really has no excuse to be playing as poorly as he is. The only thing one can argue is that with the limited training camp and no pre-season games, he is still trying to figure out the system. If that is the case, then by now we should be seeing improvement. Foles is going to have to play a solid game against this subpar Panthers’ secondary, otherwise, the questions will start to swirl on whether Trubisky should go back in.
On the ground, David Montgomery has the perfect opportunity to have himself one heck of a week. The Panthers gave up tons of yards to Grandpa Gurley, and Brian Hill last week, and I rate Montgomery as a better back than the both of them. As long as the offensive line can get some push and create holes, then Montgomery has no excuse not to perform this week.
The defense is not a problem, and while Carolina’s offense has been good under Matt Rhule’s system, I do not see this as a massive challenge for Khalil Mack and company. As long as the Bears can contain Mike Davis and CMC, if he is back, then they will be able to pressure Bridgewater into quick and errant passes. It is already a hard secondary to go up against with Chicago, but if Mack gets going, and I predict that he will, then it becomes an almost impossible task. If Brady could not handle it, then I doubt that Bridgewater will.
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Carolina Panthers Analysis
This Panthers team has been one of the surprise stories of 2020. Most pegged them as a team who would be competing in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. However, it seems that with a winning record through 5 games that idea is already out the window. Instead, the Panthers will be looking to sneak into the playoffs with 1st time NFL head coach Matt Rhule.
The Panthers’ success starts with Teddy Bridgewater. He has been able to utilize his targets of Robby Anderson, DJ Moore, and Curtis Samuel extremely well. His deep and intermediate passes have been on point, and he has avoided making big mistakes in games. A lot of his success can be accredited to his offensive line keeping him clean and Matt Rhule setting him up in good situations. However, Teddy is executing and running this offense efficiently. He is utilizing his RBs and taking shots when need be.
The Bears will be the biggest test yet for this offense. Teddy is going to face much more pressure in this game than he saw in previous weeks. I am curious to see how Matt Rhule utilizes Bridgewater’s weapons against such a strong and fast defensive unit. If CMC can get back in time, that will be a huge plus despite Mike Davis playing well. CMCs ability to run and hit you in the screen game significantly slows down the pass rush.
For the defense, rookie DT Derrick Brown has been getting better every game. As he starts to learn his position in the NFL he can turn himself into a monster in the middle of that line. However, the best player for this Panthers’ defense has been Brian Burnes at LDE. He has created pressure, stopped runs, and overall has been every bit as good as his 1st round price tag. If the Panthers, and specifically Burnes, can consistently get pressure on Foles and cause him to make mistakes, then Carolina can win this game. The best way to do this is to force Chicago into long passing downs where they can unload pressure and stop Foles from getting the ball to Robinson, Miller, and Mooney who can make huge plays.
Carolina Panthers Depth Chart
Betting Corner Panther -2.5
Spread: CAR -2.5
Moneyline: CAR -141 | CHI +125
Spread: CHI +2.5
I really have no explanation as to why the Bears are underdogs in this game. It seems that the hype has shifted onto the Panthers, and oddsmakers think that the public will be siding with that. However, I believe that Nick Foles will get better and better as the season goes along, and there is just not enough talent on the Panthers’ defense to win this game. Chicago on the other hand will be all over Teddy Bridgewater, and while that offense will still put up a fight, I do not see them scoring many points.
Bears take this one 21-13.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
David Montgomery at $5,800 is a ridiculous price point for an RB1 on the Bears. The Panthers have not stopped anyone on the ground and you would be hard-pressed to come up with an argument as to why that will change with Montgomery. He has to be one of the best values for your RB2 slot on the week. He should get plenty of yards on the ground, and his target share will be great in this game against a weak Panthers’ LB core.
Darrnell Mooney at $3000 is a dart throw that I am willing to take. He has not had an explosive week yet, but that can easily change if Foles hits Mooney on one of his wide-open routes down the field. On top of this, he has drawn a couple of pass interferences that would have been huge points for your fantasy lineup. The bang for the buck at $3000 in a GPP play is amazing. I do not see him having a Chase Claypool week, but 20+ points is 100% in the cards.
Allen Robinson at $7,000 is a good play. It is expensive but the Panthers also happen to lack secondary talent. Robinson got 16 targets last week against the Bucs and already has an astounding 57 targets on the season. Every single week in DKs PPR+bonus format for scoring Robinson will be a good play. He very well could be the Michael Thomas of this year, just with a much more inaccurate QB.