Panthers head into Chicago competing against familiar faces

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers will face a very familiar face here in the triad, and that is former UNC quarterback and now Chicago Bears playcaller under center, Mitch Trubisky.

Trubisky is making his third start in the NFL, but it won't come without some challenges as he will face the Panthers defense, which ranks fourth in the league and second in sacks.

Another name that may a ring a bell, is former NC A&T running back Tarik Cohen. Cohen ranks second in the NFL among rookies with 26 receptions, behind Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey who leads the league. The rookie has also totaled 226 yards on the year behind lead back Jordan Howard in a stout running attack.

As for the Panthers, something that must change in week 7 is their run game. Cam Newton accounted for 71 of the team's 80 rushing yards in their week 6 loss to the Eagles, and that has been a focal point heading into Chicago.

"We just flat out missed blocks," Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera said. "We have to get that shored up, we really do."

While Panther's center Ryan Kalil is set to return this week after a neck injury sidelined him for 5 weeks, Luke Kuechly (concussion protocol) and safety Kurt Coleman will miss this week's action (although they are set to return for week 8).

But the main key to victory for Carolina, will be their ability to stop the run and force Trubiksy to beat them with his arm; something that has not yet been proven. The Panthers will hope to have a better performance week 7 and get back in the win column, and continue to stay atop the NFC South.

WFMY News 2 will have complete coverage of this game including postgame reaction, later tonight at 11 p.m. during sports with Luke Lyddon.

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