The Carolina Panthers are riding high after winning each of their last three games. The Bears, meanwhile, have started the season 4-1 thanks in large part to an extremely stingy defense. Chicago enters Sunday's showdown against Carolina giving up just 20.0 points per game on defense this season, which ranks fourth in the NFL. Despite the loss of Christian McCaffrey early this season, Carolina enters Week 6 averaging 117.8 rushing yards per game.
Kickoff for Bears vs. Panthers is set for 1 p.m. ET. Carolina is favored by one-point in the latest Panthers vs. Bears odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 45. Before entering any Bears vs. Panthers picks, you'll want to see the NFL predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
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- Panthers vs. Bears spread: Panthers -1
- Panthers vs. Bears over-under: 45 points
- Panthers vs. Bears money line: Carolina -120, Chicago +100
Why the Panthers can cover
Running back Mike Davis has been sensational since taking over the starting role after McCaffrey (ankle) suffered an injury that has caused him to miss the majority of the season thus far. Davis enters Sunday's matchup against the Bears averaging 4.8 yards per carry this season. He's carried the ball 46 times for 220 yards and a touchdown. He's also recorded 30 receptions for 206 yards and two scores this season.
Carolina's offense also features a plethora of weapons at the wide receiver position. Robby Anderson enters Week 6 with 489 receiving yards this season, which ranks fourth in the NFL. In Carolina's victory over the Falcons, Anderson caught eight of his 13 targets for 112 receiving yards. Fellow wideout D.J. Moore also had a big day against Atlanta, catching four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Why the Bears can cover
Chicago edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Thursday, 20-19. Cairo Santos kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:17 remaining to earn the victory. DeAndre Houston-Carson broke up Tom Brady's fourth-down pass with 33 seconds left to preserve the win. Chicago overcame an early 13-0 deficit with two touchdowns in the final 1:48 of the first half. David Montgomery rushed for a 3-yard TD, then Robert Quinn forced a fumble that led to a 12-yard TD reception by Jimmy Graham.
Khalil Mack had two sacks, matching his highest sack total since a Week 3 win at Washington last season. He ended a 17-game streak without two or more sacks. Allen Robinson led the team and tied a career-high with 10 receptions for 90 yards in Week 5, his fifth career game with 10 catches. The Bears have won four of the last five meetings with the Panthers and six of nine overall.
How to make Bears vs. Panthers picks
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