Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The Bears can extend their lead in the NFC North with a victory over Carolina on Sunday.
The Chicago Bears (5-1) will enter Sunday's game vs. the Carolina Panthers (1-5) with a comfortable lead in the NFC North after the Minnesota Vikings were trounced on Thursday night by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they can further their stranglehold on the division with a win over the Panthers.
Carolina, meanwhile, is riding the low of a four-game losing streak, one in which they've scored a total of 26 points in their last two games. The team fired their general manager over the week, and are generally looking to pull their season out of turmoil. In their three most recent losses, Newton has led the team in rushing despite the presence of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
They will be looking to reassert the roles of those backs, but they'll be facing a Bears defense that is the best in the NFL against the run. Chicago has only allowed 71 yards rushing per game and one touchdown, though teams haven't fared much better through the air -- Chicago has also allowed the lowest quarterback rating in the league.
The game will kickoff at noon on Sunday on FOX.