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4-3, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame now has the jersey and gloves Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers wore in Week 6 when he became the first player to have 150 career sacks to go with 10 career interceptions.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton already has three games with multiple interceptions after having only three all of last season in what statistically was his worst season. They have come in the last five games. Asked about that, offensive coordinator Mike Shula replied: “Overall, he's better than last year. We've had some unfortunate things [happen] on interceptions.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula admits he might have to consider simplifying the offense some with all the new players such as rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel: “We need to look at that. And that's a fine line. You don't want to cut it down too much.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula doesn't concern himself with criticism from the outside after a game like Sunday when the Panthers failed to score a touchdown. He doesn't concern himself over job security when that criticism turns into fans and critics calling for him to be replaced. “I have concerns about our offense getting points on the board and helping us win,'' he said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Ron Rivera was asked on Monday if he was happy with the play-calling, a kind way of questioning the decisions of offensive coordinator Mike Shula after the Panthers failed to score a touchdown in Sunday's 17-3 loss at Chicago. Rivera said he was pleased with what Carolina is doing. Here is what tight end Greg Olsen said about critics questioning Shula: “We've shown around here that we've been a very good offense. So a lot of that is typical overreaction to bad games. That's the easy way out. That's the easy critique for people who watching from a distance don't really have an idea what's going on. So that's the easy solution to everybody who doesn't have much knowledge of what we're actually doing.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers kicker Graham Gano had ice on his knee after Sunday's game and popped up on the injury report late last week. Then there's a report that Carolina will try out kickers on Tuesday. But Gano believes that is a precaution and insists ‘'I feel good'' repeatedly.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Kurt Coleman (knee) can't predict whether he will be ready to return this week for Tampa Bay, but he admits the more time off the better his knee feels.

ESPN Stats & Info

Panthers control clock, Bears control game

The Panthers controlled the ball, but two defensive touchdowns by rookie Eddie Jackson made the difference. In the process, the Bears became the first team since Dec. 3, 1950 to win a game with no more than five first downs and seven pass attempts, per ESPN Stats & Info.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said middle linebacker Luke Kuechly still is scheduled to see the independent physician today. Being cleared by the independent is the last step Kuechly needs to pass to be cleared from the concussion protocol.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera admits the Panthers may be putting too much on rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel. But his opinion on what happened in the first quarter on the first-and-10 lateral from the Chicago 24, which turned into a 75-yard touchdown for the Bears after Samuel muffed it, hasn't changed after watching film. “He's got to catch that. It was well designed. The timing of it was perfect. We caught them in a positive defense for us. We had blockers initially on everybody. The next level was him and a safety. It's just unfortunate did didn't get a handle on it.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on how the team will respond to two straight losses. ‘'There's an old saying. Everybody has a plan until they get hit in the mouth. Well, we got hit in the mouth.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on rookie Curtis Samuel and what he has been asked to do: ‘'We may be stressing him''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said not much he can add to what happened at Chicago. He did add that the team misses Greg Olsen when in scoring position.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Following a day in which the Saints were the only NFC South team to win, New Orleans is now a substantial favorite to win the division.

ESPN Stats & Info

Newton needs to hurry

Panthers QB Cam Newton has faced plenty of blitzes this season, and how they affect him seems to determine Carolina's fortunes each week.

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Bears' win over Panthers unprecedented (1:20)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton went 4-for-11 for 11 yards and two interceptions against the Chicago blitz on Sunday, according to ESPN Stats and Info. In Carolina's three losses Newton has a 41 percent completion percentage against the blitz and has thrown one touchdown to four interceptions. In four wins he has completed 81 percent against the blitz, completing three touchdowns to no interceptions.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

As badly as the Panthers have played the past two games they're still 4-3 and in the thick of the race for the NFC South title. As many mistakes as quarterback Cam Newton has made the past two weeks the Panthers still are a play or two from having a chance to win both games. Newton traditionally has been better the second half of the season, and he's as apt to go on a hot streak as he is his current bad streak.

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Newton says there's 'no excuse' for loss (0:25)
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Panthers still searching for offensive identity (0:45)

Team Stats

Passing Yards221.916th
Rushing Yards97.3Tied-21st
Points For18.722nd
Points Against19.911th

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