The Bears are at the halfway point of the season and prized off-season acquisition Brandon Marshall currently ranks second in the NFL in receiving.
Not to be outdone, cornerback Charles Tillman was named NFC defensive player of the month for October, following running mate Tim Jennings receiving that honor for September.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith lit up the Bears for 118 receiving yards on seven catches basically about the norm for Smith vs. the Bears over his four career games against them.
The Panthers, who average 336 yards per game, had put 306 yards and 16 points on the Bears with 6 minutes still to play in the third quarter.
Steve Smith likes playing against the Bears. One reason is that he doesn't think much of their defensive backs.