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Rivera, Olsen fired up to face Bears


Panthers-Bears doesn’t exactly have the storied rivalry of Packers-Bears, but this week’s game at Soldier Field means a little extra to a few members of the Panthers organization.

“I’m not going to downplay it. People say it’s just another game. No, it’s not,” Panthers coach Rivera said Monday. “They’re all big, but this has a little personal meaning for me because it’s Chicago. It’s a great city and a great organization. Now I’m here in Charlotte in a great organization and a great city. It’ll be fun. I look forward to going up there.”

Rivera, of course, was drafted by the Bears and played for their 1985 Super Bowl team.  He’s also had two coaching stints there under Dave Wannstedt and then Lovie Smith before Chicago went in a different direction at defensive coordinator.

Rivera isn’t the only one that’s fired up.

“To say this game doesn’t light your fire a little more with everything that happened would be a lie,” Panthers tight end Greg Olsen told the Chicago Tribune. “I’m excited.”

While Jay Cutler has struggled to find weapons passing, Olsen is off to a nice start in Carolina with 12 catches, 169 yards, and a game-winning touchdown last week.  He’s on pace to have the best year of his career after Chicago traded him to the Panthers.

We haven’t even mentioned Julius Peppers yet.  Charles Johnson of the Panthers gets a shot to prove perhaps he’s the best big money defensive end on the field this week.

It’s not Packers-Bears, but it’s not bad.

And it’s a game the Bears desperately need to win.

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25 Responses to “Rivera, Olsen fired up to face Bears”
  1. CKL says: Sep 28, 2011 9:06 AM

    I can understand why they are fired up for sure, that’s normal. That said, now they are both either in a better circumstance to succeed (Olsen as a receiving TE), or they have gotten an opportunity for a promotion on a young team with some talent (Rivera).

  2. dionoil says: Sep 28, 2011 9:10 AM

    They both need to win. The loser is long shot for the playoffs. The winner is in the hunt.

  3. pantherfan89 says: Sep 28, 2011 9:18 AM

    Charles Johnson of the Panthers gets a shot to prove perhaps he’s the best big money defensive end on the field this week.


    When was this a question? CJ doesnt dissapear when it matters…. like, on Sundays!

    CATS WIN!!! CATS WIN!!!!

  4. greenbay4ever says: Sep 28, 2011 9:24 AM

    Go Panthers.

  5. scoops1 says: Sep 28, 2011 9:27 AM

    Lets go Panthers

  6. herokravon says: Sep 28, 2011 9:28 AM

    Id say the Bears are rather excited the Fighting Cams are coming to town.

    Bears win easy.

  7. hamcamnewton says: Sep 28, 2011 9:29 AM

    yeahhhh buddddyyy!!

  8. hillzmickelzon says: Sep 28, 2011 9:40 AM

    The bears miss olsen, didnt they give him away for a bag of chips? or it could have been a 2nd round

  9. polarbear71 says: Sep 28, 2011 9:44 AM

    As a Bears fan for 35 years I and many other Bear fans are pulling for the Panthers…this is how it works McCaskey family, until you get rid of the dead wood anybody but angelo’s misfits!!!

  10. lionsfan2014 says: Sep 28, 2011 9:56 AM

    Cam Newton is going to have more passing yards than Cutler, and more rushing yards than the Bears whole team. But the Bears D will probably bail the O out, again.

  11. bobbyyyd says: Sep 28, 2011 9:58 AM

    ive been saying it for days. carolina will win this game. weather is supposed to be sunny and 62. prefect football weather. Jordan Gross has faced peppers so many times in training camp and practice. If jimmy Pickle wasn’t playing last season we would have beat the bears. Carolina defense is going to destroy that bears offensive line.

  12. schmitty2 says: Sep 28, 2011 10:02 AM

    I wouldnt be shocked if Martz dialed up a few plays for Olson

  13. kingmj4891 says: Sep 28, 2011 10:24 AM

    Panthers 22 Bears 6

    Culter 0 TDs 4 Ints 1 Broke Bone

    Newton 2 TDs 1 Ints 1 Day of making the Bears look foolish

    2011 Bears 5-11 the coaches are a joke.

  14. flapjackdaddy says: Sep 28, 2011 10:32 AM

    Is it not also a game the Panthers desperately need to win? Sigh.

  15. doug2626 says: Sep 28, 2011 10:41 AM

    @ hillzmickelzon

    It was a third round pick that we traded for Olsen.

  16. packfaninchitown says: Sep 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    I can understand why they’re salivating over the opportunity, they sense weakness in a vulnerable Bears team that is in a state of total disarray. The Panthers offense however is racking up tremendous yards and getting better.

    Newton should have a field day pillaging the horrid Bear Defense and the inept Bear offense will abandon Martz’ vanilla & predictable run attempts after 6-9 of them fail to get the ball past the line of scrimmage.

    I predict 9-7 for the Panthers this year and maybe 6-10 for the Bears since they get to play teams like KC and Minnesota and even Denver.

  17. carolina1cam says: Sep 28, 2011 11:18 AM

    For the bears fans that think this is gonna be a walk in the park, here’s why you’re wrong.

    Carolina is a few redzobe plays away from being 3-0. The cards will tell you they escaped and the pack would do the same. We were inside the 5 in both games with a chance to win or tie with little time left on the clock. I don’t care how you feel about the “2011 packers defense” as opposed to the superbowl defense from a year ago. It’s still the same unit and we could have easily taken a 21-0 halftime lead if we were even halfway decent inside the redzone… but we weren’t. We looked completely lost and it cost us both games in my opinion.

    I expect a great ball game against a Bears team that you never know what you might get from. The Panthers are no longer a walk in the park for anyone.

  18. patrickmcneely says: Sep 28, 2011 11:45 AM

    Go Cats Go

  19. slammincamnewton says: Sep 28, 2011 11:54 AM

    The media still thinks the Panthers as a team will go 4-12. They just wanna talk about Cam when he puts up numbers. We win this week, no news b/c Cam threw for 158 yds.

  20. jutts says: Sep 28, 2011 11:56 AM

    Leave it to Jerry Angelo to get a 3rd for a great player that was a first rounder. Just another example of Jerry “millen” Angelo. Please George Mckaskey. Flush the toilet on these turds and start building a team with a real GM…
    Tim Ruskell is “Not” the answer either as a personell man. As the Seattle fans what they think of Mr. Ruskell. Or better yet, ask why they dumped him, as if we didn’t know.

  21. pantherfaninmd says: Sep 28, 2011 12:36 PM

    I think it will be somewhat of a competitive game with Jordan Gross reminding Peppers why he is also a Pro Bowler, and if they move him to the other side Jeff Otah will handle him also. I see Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy having a field day against the Bears O-line and Cutler!

  22. pilot2011 says: Sep 28, 2011 1:43 PM

    Somebody seriously needs to start looking at Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy… Those 2 are some young defensive ends that are about to take the NFL by storm.

    It is kind of a blessing in disguise that the Panthers are a small market with a big name QB.—When they do get any publicity it will solely go to Cam. People tend to forget about that Oline, Williams/Stewart, Olsen/Shockey, and 89.

  23. drshankenstein says: Sep 28, 2011 3:33 PM


  24. axespray says: Sep 28, 2011 9:30 PM

    Finley had a big game against the Bears
    Now with Olsen and Shockey, idk.

    Panthers have a shot as long as they don’t abandon that two tight end set they used against us in the first half.

    Sure they had 400 passing yards (a ton in the 2nd half), but they aren’t a 5 wr team, 4 turnovers in the 2nd half is what helped us beat the Panthers.

  25. comeonnowguys says: Sep 29, 2011 3:54 PM

    It’s been 21 regular season and playoff games with the Bears and Julius Peppers has showed up for every one of them.

    Should have been DPoY last year.

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