The 4-5 Chicago Bears will travel to Los Angeles to take on the 5-4 Rams in this week’s addition of Sunday Night Football. This will be a key game for both teams as both have disappointed thus far. As the preseason favorite to win the division the Bears have been a massive disappointment, however a win can get them back to 500 with 6 games to play. The Rams are staring at falling to 500 with a loss while a win puts them at 2 games over 500 and leaves open the possibility of them still playing for a division title. Either way one team will make up on Monday morning in a good place while the other will be scrambling to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Rams are coming off a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a first quarter passing touchdown to James Washington the team combined for 5 points the rest of the day. The offense as a whole has performed far below their standards from last seasons Super Bowl team. Quarterback Jaret Goff has had a mediocre season and last week did not help. He went 22/41 for 243 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also fumbled 3 times. Running back Todd Gurley had 73 rushing yards while receivers Robert Woods and Gerald Everett combined for 15 catches and 161 yards. The defense did all they could but the offense constantly put them into bad situations including the game sealing interception from Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Bears earned a hard fought 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions last week. The offense has been largely unproductive this season and it was far from dominant lass week, however it was productive. Maligned starting quarterback Mitch Tubisky had a productive day going 16-23 for 173 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Running back David Montgomery had 17 carries for 60 yards. Wide receiver Allen Robinson had 6 catches for 86 yards to pace the receivers.
The Rams’ offense is a shadow of its former self, sitting in the middle of the pack in most statistical categories and coming off an inept performance at Pittsburgh in which it scored only three of Los Angeles’ 12 points. The Bears’ biggest concern this time around likely should be Aaron Donald and the Rams’ defense, which has been on a roll since the week before it acquired shutdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Jacksonville. The Bears’ leading receiver and Rams’ brash star cornerback figure to be matched against each other just like old times, when they would go at it in practice as teammates in Jacksonville for two seasons. Robinson was three years into his career when the Jaguars drafted Ramsey with the No. 5 overall pick in 2016, and the rookie went at him right away.
The key will be to see which team finds a way to not only move the chains and produce touchdowns early. Whoever can find ways to score early will gain much needed confidence and momentum that both team desperately need.