The Chicago Bears are leaning heavily on their running game while bringing along rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky slowly. Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey-two of the most inefficient backs in the National Football League thus far-have gone for 2.9 and 2.7 yards per carry, respectively, while quarterback Cam Newton has been tasked with shouldering 34.6 percent (158 of 457 yards) of the production on the ground since Kalil's injury. Howard established career highs with 36 carries and 167 yards, including a 53-yard run in overtime that flipped the field and set up Connor Barth's 40-yard game-winning field goal. Chicago has looked a lot better on offense with Trubisky, and while they may not win a ton of games this season, he is getting on the job training that will benefit the organization in the long run. It's a tribute to Jordan and his commitment he made to his teammates to not be a guy that had one good year and to come out and work hard and keep grinding at practice every day and not let the success of last year go to his head. On average they tend to give up more points and especially more rushing yards when he's not in the game.
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Carolina (4-3) dropped its second straight game and lost on the road for the first time this season.
"Less is more", Peppers said with a smile. He played that position for the better part of seven seasons with the Bears and Packers. Fellow defensive end Mario Addison and defensive tackle Kawann Short have tallied three sacks apiece, and linebackers Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson have both recorded two. This is Carolina's first game against Fox as a Bear. Trubisky started the season behind Mike Glennon at quarterback, but Glennon proved to be too turnover-prone to continue getting the ball.
Jackson's fumble return for a touchdown looked more like a muffed lateral by rookie Curtis Samuel instead of a fumble by Newton, as it showed up on the stats.