One thing that will be fun to see Sunday -- two of the strongest arms in the NFL.
Chicago's Jay Cutler and Carolina's Cam Newton could both throw the ball through a brick wall. Well, that's an exaggeration, but they could throw it through a stucco wall.
Cutler has two big -- and big-time -- receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Newton has rookie Kelvin Benjamin, who fits the same mold, as well as reliable tight end Greg Olsen. The ball will be in the air a lot.
But it's worth noting that the Panthers in the past have had terrible trouble playing against Chicago tailback Matt Forte. He has 166- and 205-yard rushing games against Carolina that both rank among the top 10 rushing performances ever for Carolina opponents. If Carolina can't stop Forte, it will be a very long Sunday.
-- I know the Panthers say they are sticking with defensive end Frank Alexander, who this past week trumped his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy with a 10-game suspension for a second violation of the same policy. I would not stick with him. When a guy gets his second straight suspension and is going to miss the first 14 games of a season and it's not even injury-related -- you can't count on that guy.
-- If you're going to the game, it will be worth sticking around for the halftime show. Country star Kellie Pickler will be performing.
-- Get ready for the pink. The Panthers and Bears will wear all sorts of pink accessories for Sunday's game in honor of breast cancer awareness.
-- If Fozzy Whittaker ever looks healthy again -- and maybe it happens Sunday -- he could actually do the Panthers' running game a lot of good. Whittaker was one of the most impressive parts of August for Carolina. He runs hard enough that with a hole or two he could make something happen for a ground game that has been practically non-existent.
-- I am 3-1 so far picking the Panthers' result each week. Although this is the most winnable game left in the first half of the season for Carolina, the Panthers have too much to overcome at the moment. My prediction: Chicago 27, Carolina 17.