I want to thank [former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi], Manning said at an awards dinner in April, via Newsday. If it wasn’t for him, I’d be playing in a soccer stadium in Los Angeles.
Rivers sat for two seasons behind Drew Brees, but in his 12 seasons as the Chargers starter, he has made six Pro Bowls and became the franchise’s all-time leader in every major passing category. The trade in 2004 also sent Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding to the Chargers and left the team with a cheaper quarterback.
So 14 seasons later, the trade isn’t remembered with many hard feelings.
Howard’s fast start will be tested by the Panthers’ stingy defense, which ranks fourth in the NFL this season with only 280 yards allowed per game. Carolina has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season.
They’re really smart, they’re fast, they run to the ball, Trubisky said. They know how to mix it up. They get after it with the front seven, and they’re really solid on the back end. They don’t make many mistakes.
On the opposite side of the ball, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will look to beat the Bears with his arm as well as his feet. Newton has passed for 1,476 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions so far this season. He has rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns, which ranks second in the NFL among quarterbacks to Houston Texans rookie Deshaun Watson (202 rushing yards, 2 TDs).
Carolina coach Ron Rivera would like to see more production from runners other than Newton this week. Running back Jonathan Stewart has rushed for 247 yards and has yet to find the end zone.