The Panthers public relations staff gave no explanation for his absence for the weekly press conference ahead of Sunday's game against Chicago, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, who said Newton had never missed a weekly press conference before.
As a team entering Week 7, the Bears are ranked third in rushing (136.0 yards per game), and Howard is the league's fifth-top rusher with 495 yards. "But as a competitor and a leader of this team, you're going to do whatever it takes to win".
Known as the "Windy City", current weather forecasts call for rain to accompany wind throughout the game.
For the Bears, the formula for winning seems to weigh on the shoulders of running back Jordan Howard.
Seattle's Thomas Rawls was the last player to rush for at least 100 yards against the Panthers' defense.
"They're really smart, they're fast, they run to the ball", Trubisky said. "They don't make many mistakes". 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. Newton has passed for 1,476 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions so far this season.
Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for 113 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in his second straight start. Life without Kuechly has proven more than a bit hard for Carolina in the past.
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"That just speaks a lot about the type of guys we have up front and the running backs we have here", Trubisky said.
Running the ball was a big problem against Philadelphia, as Stewart tallied minus-4 yards on eight carries and McCaffrey rushed for 8 yards on four carries. "It's two-fold. We've got to be able to get things back on track".
Is it the one that scored a combined 60 points in wins at New England and Detroit, with Newton throwing three touchdowns in each?
Before that game, the Bears were one of three teams that had not picked off a pass.
Carolina (4-3) held huge advantages in yards (293-153), time of possession (38:35-21:25), offensive plays (69-37) and first downs (20-5).
This marks the 10th all-time meeting between the teams.