Panthers vs. Bears odds and predictions from expert on hot streak

The Chicago Bears face the Carolina Panthers in a highly anticipated NFL game.

The Panthers and Bears made a significant trade before the NFL Draft, with the Panthers giving up players and picks for the Bears' first overall pick, used to select quarterback Bryce Young.

Bears' quarterback Justin Fields is inactive due to a thumb injury, impacting the team's lineup.

Chicago is a 3.5-point favorite in the matchup, with an over/under of 38 total points.

SportsLine expert Larry Hartstein, known for successful NFL predictions, provides insights and picks for the game.

Chicago's run defense has significantly improved compared to the previous season, ranking fourth in the league, allowing only 79.7 rushing yards per game.

The Panthers will be without key defensive players, Brian Burns and CJ Henderson, due to concussions suffered in a previous game.

Chicago ranks last in the league in sacks and struggles against the pass, presenting an opportunity for the Panthers' offense.

Carolina faces the game with an advantage in the passing game as the Bears have difficulties sacking the quarterback and giving up high completion percentages.

Both teams are missing key players, creating an unpredictable and intriguing matchup.

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