The Bears, coming off a 27-24 overtime victory last week against the Ravens in Baltimore, have not won back-to-back games since Weeks 9-10 of 2015.
Despite losing Freeman, Young and Demps, the Bears are in a better situation defensively than they’ve been in during Fangio’s three seasons.
The Panthers will play without an inside linebacker Sunday, but the Bears might not.
While we wonder if Fox holds Panthers interim GM Marty Hurney’s former job against him — he was a sportswriter — here are 10 more Bears questions:
‘‘ ‘Pretty Boy Assassin’ — that’s what we call him,’’ outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said of quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Adam L. Jahns’ ‘‘Inside the Huddle’’ column appears in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.
In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley looks at three things the Bears can do to beat the Panthers on Sunday at Solider Field:
Mark Potash makes his NFL picks for Week 7. Saints at Packers, Panthers at Bears
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge break down the Bears’ Week 7 matchup against the Panthers at Soldier Field.
The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ matchup with the Panthers in Week 7:
The son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey has 37 receptions for 293 yards and two touchdowns. He is tied for sixth in the NFL in receptions.
Someone asked Jeff Rodgers on Thursday if the kickoff return touchdown the Bears allowed Sunday was more disappointing than the punt return score.
‘‘To me, it’s just what your eyes tell you, not what stats tell you,’’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. ‘‘I think we’re seeing some growth.’’
“You can’t get selfish wanting to force every pass — that just doesn’t make sense.”
The Bears are ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense and eighth in passing yards per attempt.