Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
Big days haven't been regular this season for Steve Smith, but today he's making his mark
Big days for Steve Smith are par for the course, but during the 2012 season those once routine 100-yard days have been few and far between.
It's understandable if owners elected to sit Smith this week as he faced off against the stifling and opportunistic Chicago Bears defense. However, a combination of a stout running game and Cam Newton showing his deep-pass accuracy are combining to lead Smith to a seven-reception, 118-yard day.
Today marks Steve Smith's third 100-yard day of the 2012 season, and his first since Week 2 against New Orleans. It has been a long six weeks for the diminutive receiver but, with just over a quarter to play, there's a chance he could add to this total. Cam Newton looks most comfortable targeting Smith, and he is the Carolina Panthers' best deep option.
The Panthers' offense has amassed more than 360 total yards of offense, while the Bears have yet to crack 100 yards on the day.