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I have to say as a Bears fan, this was not the team I wanted to see come to town. I wanted the Bears to play a young inexperienced QB (Simms or Manning).Carolina scares me with Smith and Delhomme, but never the less, Bears win 17-14!Bring on the Skins (yes, they will beat the Seahawks)!Man I'm a homer! :banned:

 
I have to say as a Bears fan, this was not the team I wanted to see come to town. I wanted the Bears to play a young inexperienced QB (Simms or Manning).

Carolina scares me with Smith and Delhomme, but never the less, Bears win 17-14!

Bring on the Skins (yes, they will beat the Seahawks)!Man I'm a homer! :banned:
I agree. And, with a Panthers victory at Chicago, that will be the only way I'll be able to use these playoffs tickets I already had to pay for.
 
with Grossman, Mo's favorite QB back in, I predict he's going to shine against his former team. By the time Delhomme sees Brown and Ogunleye, it'll be too late.

 
I see 2 possibilities for this one:

If Grossman is hot: Chicago wins 34-17

If Grossman plays like Orton: Carolina wins 24-13.

Explanation: A hot Grossman means long, sustained Chicago drives that involve Muhammad and Jones extensively. In turn, less time of possession means that the Panther offense will sputter against a Chicago defense ready to jump on any imperfections. On the other hand, if Grossman plays like Orton has, expect more 3 and outs, which gives the Panthers more chances to feed Steve Smith and to get Foster going. In other words, it's all on Grossman's shoulders. :yes:

 
I see 2 possibilities for this one:

If Grossman is hot: Chicago wins 34-17

If Grossman plays like Orton: Carolina wins 24-13.

Explanation: A hot Grossman means long, sustained Chicago drives that involve Muhammad and Jones extensively. In turn, less time of possession means that the Panther offense will sputter against a Chicago defense ready to jump on any imperfections. On the other hand, if Grossman plays like Orton has, expect more 3 and outs, which gives the Panthers more chances to feed Steve Smith and to get Foster going. In other words, it's all on Grossman's shoulders. :yes:
34 points from the bears? only if the defense scores 28 of them.....
 
It is highly unlikely the Carolina Panthers are going to come waltzing into Soldier Field like they did several weeks ago expecting to win. The Panthers pride themselves on tough defensive play and after finishing the season with the third overall defense ( 4th against the run and 9th against the pass), don't think for one second that Carolina's Head Coach (defensive guru) John Fox isn't going to want to get a little payback on Lovie Smith and the Bears. The Bears defense may be getting all the publicity, but in the end nobody remembers a playoff loser.

So let's see if John Fox has learned from his mistakes back in November. The Bears capitalized on two Nate Vasher interceptions to control field position and ultimately win 13-3. Hardly a blowout victory, but at the same time, the score was not indicative of how badly the Panthers were manhandled by the Bears offensive and defensive lines.

The Bears D-line brutalized Jake Delhomme, sacking him eight times and pressuring him even more. For some unknown reason the Panthers simply gave up on their running game. Come on Panthers, you were only down by a couple of scores, there was no reason to stick to passing the ball! When all the stats were tallied, the Panthers threw 39 times and ran only 16 times. The Bears offensive play calling was much more balanced, with 31 running plays and 26 passing plays.

The Panthers seem to have learned from their mistake, as they have been running the ball exceptionally well on the road as of late, putting up 223 yards at New York, 229 yards at Atlanta and 161 yards at New Orleans. However, to keep things in perspective: Is the Bears defense better than the Giants, Falcons and Saints? Absolutely!

The wild card in all of this will be the Panthers playoff experience vs. the Bears dominant defense and the unknown intangible known as Rex Grossman.

The playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after the magical 13-3 season in 2001 is still fresh in the minds of most Chicago Bears fans, who are much more reserved coming into this playoff game. Veteran Bears players such as Brian Urlacher, Mike Brown and Olin Kreutz are still stung by that playoff loss as well – and that is a good thing. Chicago expects more than one and out in the playoffs – and I think they'll get it.

I predict the Bears will win this Sunday's game in a tough battle of defenses 17-14. In the event the Bears lose and Mushin Muhammad drops even more passes, it's going to be a long off season for the finger pointing wide receiver. Especially since it will be his former team moving on.

 
I see 2 possibilities for this one:

If Grossman is hot: Chicago wins 34-17

If Grossman plays like Orton: Carolina wins 24-13.

Explanation: A hot Grossman means long, sustained Chicago drives that involve Muhammad and Jones extensively. In turn, less time of possession means that the Panther offense will sputter against a Chicago defense ready to jump on any imperfections. On the other hand, if Grossman plays like Orton has, expect more 3 and outs, which gives the Panthers more chances to feed Steve Smith and to get Foster going. In other words, it's all on Grossman's shoulders. :yes:
Edit: If Grossman plays like Orton: Bears wins 13-3.
 
I see 2 possibilities for this one:

If Grossman is hot: Chicago wins 34-17

If Grossman plays like Orton: Carolina wins 24-13.

Explanation: A hot Grossman means long, sustained Chicago drives that involve Muhammad and Jones extensively. In turn, less time of possession means that the Panther offense will sputter against a Chicago defense ready to jump on any imperfections. On the other hand, if Grossman plays like Orton has, expect more 3 and outs, which gives the Panthers more chances to feed Steve Smith and to get Foster going. In other words, it's all on Grossman's shoulders. :yes:
34 points from the bears? only if the defense scores 28 of them.....
I think 34 points from the Bears is a bit high to expect even with a hot Grossman, but I do agree with Rev that he has a huge role in the success for the Bears in the playoffs. Also, although the Bears offense isn't anything great, it is improved with Grossman back at QB and not Orton. With Grossan behind center, opposing defenses cannot simply pile players in the box only looking to stop the run (as they could with Orton there). In general, I feel that things are much more opened up with Grossman at QB and the offense has much more potential to score. But again, 34 seems too high to me... plus, this game seems destined to be a defensive battle.
 

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