A season after going 13-3 and winning the NFC Central Division, the Bears are trying to avert the basement in the new NFC North Division. They are one of three teams in the division with double-digit losses and are a game in front of last-place Detroit.
Chicago has been especially bad away from home, dropping six straight road games after winning its first encounter outside of its home state.
The Bears began the process of salvaging some pride last Sunday, dealing a severe blow to the playoff hopes of the New York Jets with a 20-13 victory.
Carolina already has clinched a last-place finish in the NFC South and is coming off last Sunday’s 30-14 loss at Pittsburgh.
The Panthers committed four turnovers against the Steelers. They have committed at least two turnovers in seven straight games.
Chicago won the only other meeting between the teams, 31-27, in 1995.