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Harris not overlooking former draft mate Orton

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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.

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We'll check in with some updates throughout the day.

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I say keep with the D game play as last week and add some Long throws on the offensive side of the ball.

Bears D needs to knock Delhomme's jewels in the dirt. Give him time and he will chew up the clock and kill a team with his accurate passes.

The Panthers run game isnt a push over but there not one to overlook either. Simple stack the box and Blitz the crap outta Carolina.

I do believe that this will be another game the Defense will take over.

Allright... LetsGoChicagoBears!

DA BEARS!!!

NOBODY GAVE THESE GUYS ANY CHANCE TO DO ANYTHING THIS YEAR.

BUT...NOBODY REMEMBERS WHAT THEY DID 2 YEARS AGO.

SUPER BOWL? LAST YEAR INJURIES AND NO HB OR QB OR ANYTHING

THIS YEAR THEY GOT IT ALL IN MY OPINION THESE ESPN EXPERTS KNOW NOTHING BUT ALL THE FAVORITES
WHETHER THEY BEAT THE PANTHERS OR NOT CHICAGO WILL REACH PLAYOFFS!!!
ORTON IS THE MAN! HE IS THE ANSWER LAUGH ALL U WANT BUT ITS TRUE.
I CALLED IT IN PRESEASON!!!

GO BEARS!!

Hey if it ain't Chris Harris. I was physically depressed for a few days when he was traded but anyway, good to see he's blossomed as an impact player. That athletic interception in the SB only hinted at what this guy could do but alas, we let him go.

I see the Bears taking Carolina out next Sunday. The Colts weren't a shell of their former selves last week, they did really well but the game turned in our favor on three or four plays and some risky coaching from them. But they should dominate the one dimensional Minnesota, even with their druggy DT missing the game.

I know a lot of people picked Minnesota to take it this year, but the fact is they're just a dumb team with a bad QB. I say dumb b/c their entire gameplan is give the ball to AP and he can be stopped like any other RB. I'm sure Berrian is having a wonderful time there. At least he's getting paid well.

Hey Brando,

I hope for the same type of performance, but I doubt we run a full time nickel against the Panthers. They don't run a lot of 3 receiver 2 receiver/1 receiving tight end formations, so the other linebacker would be nice to have in on the standard 4-3. You can tactically do the same things with the linebackers, and trading that fifth DB for a LB lets you get more punch into the line on blitzes, which we will need against a less injury ridden O line this week.

We can do it, but we can't just ride the Nickel wave, it only works on teams that love to throw, all the time (Saints, Colts, last years Pats, etc.)

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