Lance Briggs: Not Stopping 'Til I Get A Ring- In a radio interview with 670 The Score's Laurence Holmes, Lance Briggs said, "Peanut asked me, ‘How many (years) would you like to play?’ I said, ‘Maybe three or four, then we walk away from it’ but I also said, ‘We gotta get a ring.’" (CBS Chicago)

Ron Rivera: This Year's Bears Team Will Be Better Than 2006 Bears Team- Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was the Bears' defensive coordinator when they went to the Super Bowl in 2006. And he thinks this year's Bears team will be better than that one.

This is what he told 670 The Score's 'The Mcneil and Spiegel Show:

"This Bears football team may be as good, if not better, and they’re going to be better, I believe that, than what we were in ’06 just because of the players they have. I think what they do offensively is very conducive to the style of play that coach Smith wants. I think that their defense, playing the way they are, with that defensive line setting the tone and the linebackers cleaning it up, and then the defensive backs make a play, they’re a formidable opponent."  (CBS Chicago)

Bears Vs. Panthers Game Preview- Jeff Hughes with an outstanding preview of the game. (Da Bears Blog)

Bears Vs. Panthers Game Preview- Adam Oestmann also with an outstanding preview of the game. (Chicago Bears Huddle)

Bears Not Looking Past Smith, Panthers- Lovie Smith: "Carolina, last year, gave us all we wanted. Was a tough game. In fact they onside kicked at the end of the game so it tells you what type of football game it was. Our defense had been playing good football throughout the year, Carolina put over 500 yards on us last year. So it’s a big test." (ESPN Chicago)

Durkin's Playbook: Defending Newton's Zone-Read Option- Dan Durkin with an excellent breakdown of the zone-read option that the Panthers have been using this year. (CBS Chicago)

Know Your Opponent: Carolina Panthers- Dan Durkin with an in-depth look at the Panthers. (CBS Chicago)

Analyzing The Panthers' Defense For Week 8- Matt Eurich breaks down the Panthers' defense. (Bears Backer)

Smith's Superior Stats No Tall Tale- 5'9, 185-pound Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has put up huge numbers against the Bears in his career. Dan Pompei explains:

But Smith is a different animal. In three games against the Bears since 2005, Smith has 34 receptions for 568 yards, including an eight-catch, 181-yard performance last season when the Bears held on for a 34-29 victory despite surrendering 543 yards of offense.

Opposing wide receivers have 118 100-yard receiving games against the Bears since 1990, including the postseason. Smith owns three of the top-10 efforts, including his 212-yard, two-touchdown performance in the 2005 divisional-round playoff meeting. (Chicago Tribune)

Bears/Panthers: Five Players To Watch- Matt Eurich gives his five Bears players to focus on in Sunday's game, with some great explanations for each choice. Here are the players: Gabe Carimi, Earl Bennett, Jay Cutler, Charles Tillman, and Matt Forte. (Bears Backer)

Bowen's Breakdown: Marshall's Touchdown Vs. Lions- Matt Bowen with an awesome x's and o's breakdown of Brandon Marshall's touchdown vs. the Lions. (CSN Chicago)

CCS Film Room: Bears' Three Red Zone Passes- The Bears' decision to throw the ball three times on from inside the five-yard line on a third quarter drive against the Lions on Monday night infuriated many Bears fans, including myself. Adam Dyson goes to the tape to break down the plays and try to figure out why the Bears didn't just, say, hand the ball to goal-line beast Michael Bush. (Chi City Sports)

Bears Explosive Gains Report Vs. Lions- Your Boy Roy takes a look at how the Bears' offense performed vs. the Lions. (Chicago Football Talk)

Four Downs- Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright, Scott Powers, and Jon Greenberg give "fact" or "fiction" responses to four Bears topics. Here are the topics: The Bears should be concerned about Cutler's ribs on Sunday; Panthers coach Ron Rivera is right, this Bears team is better than the 2006 Super Bowl squad; A year later, with no Mike Martz, trading Greg Olsen to the Panthers was a mistake; The 2012 Cam Newton is a lot closer to reality than the 2011 version. (ESPN Chicago)

Evaluating Shea McClellin's Progress- Kay Paradiso examines the progress of rookie Shea McClellin. (Windy City Gridiron)

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