All eyes will be on Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday night as the Bears host the Los Angeles Rams. This will be a very intriguing matchup as the Rams are one of the top offenses in the NFL, while the Bears are relentless on defense. Los Angeles has already clinched a spot in the playoffs, and the Bears are hoping to join them.
Chicago comes into this game with an 8-4 record, and they are in first place in the NFC North. The Bears lost a tough overtime game in week 13 to the New York Giants, but welcome back their quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for this game. The Rams have already clinched the NFC West division with an 11-1 record. Los Angeles has their eye on the top overall seed in the NFC. The Rams are a three-point favorite over the Bears in this game.
Bears “D” Must Dominate Rams
The Chicago Bears must put together their best defensive performance of the season on Sunday night. Chicago has won of the best defensive units in the league, allowing just over 20 points per game this season. Linebacker Khalil Mack leads the team with nine sacks so far this season, and he has also forced five fumbles. Chicago is almost impossible to run against, but they will face the best running back in the league in Todd Gurley.
Matt Nagy and his offense have looked pedestrian in their last two weeks, but getting Trubisky back will help a ton. Trubisky has thrown for over 2,400 yards this season and 20 touchdowns this season. He can also extend plays and drives with his legs and is averaging over 7 yards per carry. Running back Tarik Cohen caught 12 passes for 165 yards in the week 13 loss and also threw a game-tying TD. Look for the Bears offense to put up some points in this game.
Gurley, Goff Look Unstoppable
The Rams offense has looked absolutely unstoppable at times this season. Running back Todd Gurley has run for almost 1,200 yards this season and has already scored 15 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Jared Goff continues to get better and has thrown for over 3,700 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. Los Angeles is averaging 34.9 points per game this season, but have yet to face a defense like the Bears.
The Bears have Khalil Mack, but the Rams might have the best defensive player in the world in Aaron Donald. Donald has been a beast on defense this season, racking up 16.5 sacks and forcing four fumbles for the Rams. Los Angeles does have some question marks on that side of the ball, but getting cornerback Aqib Talib back on the field solves some of these problems. The Rams have allowed just 24.8 points per game.
Rams Win Tight Game Over Bears
There is a very good chance that these two teams will meet again this season, but this should be a nice warm-up game. The Bears will try to prove that defense still wins games, while the Rams will try to light up the scoreboard. Los Angeles has been a favorite all season long, but the Bears have made believers along the way. Chicago will keep it close, but the Rams will win by a touchdown. Bet the Los Angeles Rams -3.0 over the Chicago Bears.