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Dan Parr
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By Dan Parr

Yes, the Bears will be starting a 38-year-old quarterback that hasn't played much since the 2007 season in Todd Collins. He'll be playing behind a porous offensive line that will be without OLT Chris Williams again.

Collins will prove to be just effective enough in a game-manager role, though, and the defense will put forth another strong effort to get the Bears through their Week Five battle vs. the winless Panthers.

The Panthers' offense will not have a very productive day, as RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will struggle to find holes while the Bears confront them with eight defenders in the box early and often. Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen won't have much help from an inexperienced receiving corps that will be without leader Steve Smith.

Prediction: Chicago 17, Carolina 13


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