In the Panthers' favor is the projected return of veteran center Ryan Kalil, whose ability to set the line and pull for the run has been a boon for Carolina in years past. Newton has passed for 1,476 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions so far this season.
The Chicago Bears got a huge start out of their rookie quarterback this past weekend, as Mitchell Trubisky engineered a comeback victory in only his second National Football League start.
After a slow start this season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) threw six touchdowns and one interception in victories over the Panthers and Lions before throwing three picks in a loss to the Eagles on October 12.
The Bears are 4-1 historically at Soldier Field against Carolina. Still, this is a vital game was Carolina looks to avoid dropping two straight amid more Cam Newton media drama.
Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers leads Carolina with 6.5 sacks.
Fox is in his third season with Chicago, and is sitting on the hot seat after a combined 9-23 record over the last two seasons and a 2-4 start to 2017.
Bears: DL Roy Robertson-Harris injured his hamstring defending the kickoff return following Jackson's second touchdown. Trubisky started the season behind Mike Glennon at quarterback, but Glennon proved to be too turnover-prone to continue getting the ball.
This marks the 10th all-time meeting between the teams. That isn't great news against the Bears who now rank 3rd in rushing at 136 yards per game.
Led by running back Jordan Howard, the Bears are averaging 4.3 yards per carry, which ranks seventh in the league.
Known as the "Windy City", current weather forecasts call for rain to accompany wind throughout the game.
Howard has tallied 118 carries for 495 yards and four scores.
Stewart needs only two touchdowns to surpass former Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams for second-most in team history. The No. 2 overall pick threw a 70-yard pass to Tarik Cohen, but did little else. Kalil hasn't played in a game this season while dealing with a neck injury, while Coleman has missed the last two games after injuring his knee in Carolina's 33-30 win over the Patriots in Week 4. On average they tend to give up more points and especially more rushing yards when he's not in the game.