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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears DL Roy Robertson-Harris is doubtful to return with a hamstring injury.

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Bears' D suddenly scoring in bunches

Prior to Week 6, the Bears had scored one defensive touchdown in their previous 50 games combined. They've now scored three in their last two games alone, including two in the first half Sunday against the Panthers. (ESPN Stats & Info)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Eddie Jackson's two defensive touchdowns combined have added over 50% to the Bears' win probability.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson is making plays today...That's his second defensive touchdown on the INT return.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie Eddie Jackson just had his second defensive score of the day -- 76-yard interception return on a deflected Cam Newton pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Not sure why the Bears just attempted a 52-yard field goal in windy conditions. The defense is playing so well. Probably a better idea to punt and try to pin Carolina's offense deep inside their own territory. Instead, the Panthers take over at the 42-yard line.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Eddie Jackson's 75-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown increased the Bears' chances of beating the Panthers by 26%. It's early, but so far that's the most of any play today.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie safety Eddie Jackson's 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown is the Bears second defensive score in the last two weeks -- safety Adrian Amos had a pick-6 last week in Baltimore.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski is active, but Christian Jones gets the start inside next to Danny Trevathan.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Game time forecast: cloudy skies with periods of rain. Thunderstorms possible. High 72 degrees.

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The world's best teams for watching hockey prospects

Given how the hockey world is set up, one can find teams at all different levels that are loaded with prospects, from the top minor league farm teams to European pro clubs to the junior ranks to the NCAA. Here are 10 particularly notable ones for 2017-18.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Fun fact for the Bears: Cam Newton is one of six opposing quarterbacks who have won or played in a Super Bowl that the Bears face in the first 8 weeks of the regular season -- the most of any NFL team.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

With bad weather on the horizon, the Bears will no doubt rely heavily on their running game vs. Carolina. The Bears rank 1st in the NFC and 3rd in the NFL with 136.0 rushing yards per game.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears are 4-0 all-time against the Panthers at Soldier Field in regular season games, but Carolina had a memorable playoff win in Chicago during the 2005 season.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) is active for the first time since Week 2. We'll see how the Bears use Kwiatkoski vs. Carolina after he was limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Kwiatkoski had full participation on Friday, but that was just a walk-through.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears inactives vs. Carolina: WR Markus Wheaton, LB John Timu, CB Sherrick McManis, RB Benny Cunningham, C Hroniss Grasu, DL John Jenkins and QB Mark Sanchez.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Panthers have major edge in Chicago

The Bears are FPI underdogs for the seventh time in as many weeks on Sunday, though their odds to win are their highest since Week 1. Chicago has won twice this season when facing longer odds, including last week in Baltimore.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers QB Cam Newton loosens up at Soldier Field.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina QB Cam Newton takes the field for pregame warmups in Chicago.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Notre Dame now has an 18% chance to finish the season with a top-four Strength of Record. Probably not coincidentally, the Fighting Irish have a 19% chance to win out, per FPI.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After routing USC last night, Notre Dame received a 2.7-point upgrade to its FPI rating and moved up three spots in the FPI rankings to No. 5. No new teams entered the top 10, and the order of the top four teams did not change.