Jackson, Bears Defense Smash Panthers

Rookie safety Eddie Jackson returned a fumble and interception for touchdowns.

CHICAGO - The Bears defense forced three turnovers, and sacked quarterback Cam Newton five times in the Bears 17-3 win against the Carolina Panthers.

Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson was a ball hawk at Soldier Field. Jackson picked up a fumble on Carolina's opening drive and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. Then in the second quarterback Jackson intercepted a deflected pass and returned that 76 yards for another score.

Jackson is the first player in NFL history to score two defensive touchdowns of 75 yards or longer in one game.

The Bears third turnover came in the fourth quarter when Cam Newton was flushed out of the pocket and threw a pass on the run that ended up in the hands of linebacker Danny Trevathan.

Most of the credit goes to the Bears defensive front who pressured Newton all afternoon. The Bears racked up five sacks, and hit Newton eleven times.

The offense pretty much had the day off. Mitch Trubisky only threw the ball seven times for 107 yards. The numbers aren't great, but at the least the offense isn't losing games for the Bears like they were in the first few weeks of the season.

The Bears are back to work next Sunday. Chicago will travel to New Orleans to face the 4-2 Saints.


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