Panthers vs. Bears: Carolina defense causing headaches early

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Carolina's defense wasn't seen as a threat, but they're stepping up so far against Chicago.

The ability of the Chicago Bears' defense to be opportunistic and aggressive is well documented, but no one thought the Carolina Panthers would be the ones applying the most defensive pressure in the first half.

A unit that has been reworked throughout the week is now showing unseen ability as they finished the first half with six tackles, two forced fumbles, and an interception. Defensive end Greg Hardy has been the primary difference maker, already amassing three sacks in the Windy City.

Offensive coordinator Mike Tice was visibly upset with his offensive line, giving his players a tongue-lashing late in the half. It remains to be seen whether it will make a difference. The 5-1 Bears are currently trailing the 1-5 Panthers by a score of 13-7.

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