Two days after the Carolina Panthers ganged up on San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson and limited him to 97 yards on 21 rushes, strong safety Chris Harris was asked if the gameplan for this week's meeting in Carolina will be for the Panthers to shut down the Bears' running game.
"Kyle Orton can beat you,'' Harris said. "He can do it. I was a Kyle Orton fan when I was there. We came in in the same draft class, so I like Kyle. Our goal is to stop the run. That is our goal every week. But we need to stop the run this week and force it upon Kyle to make decisions. He's been making pretty wise decisions with the ball and protecting the football."
The Bears do a great job of playing the respect card and the underdog role. It's the same thing Carolina is using in its locker room.
"Nobody is talking about the Carolina Panthers and we like it that way,'' Harris said. "Nobody gave us a shot to win that game Sunday. I think we were a nine-point underdog going into the game. We feel confident in the team we have."
*** For entertainment purposes only, Carolina is a three-point favorite for this game. The Panthers opened at 3.5.
*** For what it's worth, the game will be called by the Fox crew of Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan with Chris Myers serving as the sideline reporter.
*** We'll check in with some updates throughout the day.