Friday, December 4, 2020

Game Preview – LA Rams

It’s hard to believe that we are already at week 7 of this somewhat crazy NFL season. The Bears have gotten off to a great start and hope to continue to grind out victories when they travel across the country to take on the 4-2 Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night football.

The Rams go into this one as favourites, even though their four victories this year have come against the NFC Least, sorry East. Meanwhile Chicago have came out on top of some slug fests against the likes of the Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a team on the rise in the Carolina Panthers.

The Bears have played the Rams twice in the last two seasons and its honours even after those games. Jared Goff has not fared well against Chicago, throwing zero touchdowns and five interceptions – not that his opposing quarterback fared any better on those occasions. I expect that this game on Monday night will follow the same trend, with a low scoring defensive battle.

The Bears will of course have to game plan for Aaron Donald, which does not bode well for them considering the options they have on the interior offensive line right now. Donald leads the league with 7.5 sacks and will be keen to expose Chicago’s below par o-line and add to that tally in prime time.

Before the season started, I mentioned that the Bears would be rolling at this point in the season, and here we are.

Last week I preached patience with this offence, and that will have to continue to be the message for a few weeks yet. Thankfully for Matt Nagy, he has a championship caliber defence to rely upon while his offence continues to figure things out.

With this in mind, I reckon the Bears march into SoFi Stadium on Monday and their defence manages to win them this game. The players on that side of the ball are on fire right now and you can feel the momentum building.

Don’t expect the offence to have sorted themselves out this week, the Rams defence is good and we may have to be content with a dink and dunk attack. The key for the Bears should be to keep it simple and to rein in the trick plays, that said, if we manage to win the game throwing a TD to an offensive lineman again then I’m all in. Either way, as long as the Bears continue to win then who cares how they do it?

Score Prediction: Rams 13 Bears 17

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