As usual, D the key for Bears

Intriguing storylines aside, the Bears' defense will need to win them Sunday's game

Updated: October 3, 2011, 9:30 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- On some level the dramatic setup surrounding the Bears' game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers is all about settling scores.

Lovie Smith vs. Ron Rivera. Greg Olsen vs. Team That Traded Him.

If the Panthers win, expect these themes to be flogged into the city's consciousness.

But the real drama in Sunday's matchup is the Bears' defense vs. Cam Newton, and ultimately the Bears' defenders vs. themselves.

The Newton matchup has gotten ...

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