Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Teams headed in opposite directions meet on the lakefront at Soldier Field on Sunday when the Carolina Panthers (1-5) tangle with the Chicago Bears (5-1). The Panthers are a week removed from having their general manager fired, while the Bears are sitting atop the standings of the NFC North by a game and half entering play on Sunday.Contract extension talks have been rumored around Bears coach Lovie Smith, while Panthers coach Ron Rivera has been rumored to be on the hot seat.If upper management changes have not been distraction enough, the Panthers also are dealing with a quarterback who may have supplanted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as the King of Sulky on the sidelines and in post game press conferences.Call it a sophomore slump or maybe Cam Newton set the bar too high in his rookie season, but the once toast of the NFL has struggled this season -- although his numbers are not too far off from last season’s record breaking pace. Newton’s numbers are actually a bit better than h...
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