You don't have to be a five-time Pro Bowl player to know what to expect when the Bears visit the Panthers on Sunday.
"They're a team that is going to run the ball," Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said. "It's what they do best. They have two quality backs and a young quarterback, a good offensive line. You do what suits you."
Briggs said there's a reason why rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who will start Sunday, is in the NFL. But that doesn't mean the former Notre Dame star doesn't have a lot to learn.
Briggs and the Bears hope they can provide a lesson.
"It's good to get him moving, get a good pass rush when he's trying to pass the ball, make it hard for him," Briggs said. "Make it very difficult for him, give him welcome-to-the-NFL type of situations."
The Bears No. 1-ranked run defense dropped to eighth after allowing the Giants to rush for 189 yards on 32 carries for an average of 5.9 yards per carry.
The Panthers, meanwhile, are averaging 103.3 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry.
'We played too good of run defense up to this New York game to fall back," Briggs said. "We're too good of players, too smart, too physical to ever take another step back. We need to take many steps forward this week against the run and this is really a good game to do it."
The Panthers have been a run-oriented team under Fox, but are expected to be even more so with Steve Smith out with an ankle injury and Dwayne Jarrett having been released after a DUI arrest.
"Part of the problem with the cutbacks from last week is we didn't make tackles," Briggs said. "We had Ahmad Bradshaw tackled in the backfield a couple times and didn't finish. We let him out of our grasp. Those tackles for losses turned into positive yards. This week, we just have to finish the plays."