The 11-1 Los Angeles Rams will travel to Chicago take on the 8-4 Bears in this week’s Sunday night matchup. Both of these teams lead their respective divisions but are coming off very different weeks. The Rams won their third game in a row with a 30-16 road victory over the Detroit Lions. They have now clinched the NFC West title but still need to earn home field advantage. The Bears snapped a 5 game win streak with a 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants. This was the second start by Chase Daniel as he replaced Mitchell Trubisky who was injured on November 18th. They remained atop the NFC North as all the other teams in the division also lost last week. Trubisky has returned to practice this week and has not been ruled out for a return on Sunday night.
Jared Goff finished with a quarterback rating of 45.7 against the Lions and it did not matter. He completed 17 of 33 passes for 207 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His favorite target was Robert Woods who had 5 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Todd Gurley continued his MVP caliber season as he racked up 165 yards of offense. He ran the ball 23 times for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns while catching 3 passes for 33 more yards. For the year, the Rams offense has averaged 35 points and 453.3 yards per game. Defensively, they sacked Matthew Stafford 4 times and produced 2 turnovers which included an interception and a fumble recovery. They allowed the Lions to gain 102 yards on 26 carries which is an average of 3.9 yards per rush. Their defense got a boost with the return of cornerback Aqib Talib who has been out since week 3 with an ankle injury.
Daniel had a rough second start as Trubisky’s back up as he finished with a quarterback rating of just 11.5. He completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions while getting sacked 5 times. His favorite target was Tarik Cohen who had 156 yards on 12 receptions. As a team they gained 118 yards on 31 carries which is an average of 3.7 yards per run. Defensively, they sacked Eli Manning 3 times and intercepted him once. They struggled against the run as the Giants had 141 yards on 29 carries. On the season, the Bears defense has allowed its opponents to average 20.1 points and 337.5 yards per game.
Chicago will have home field advantage and are 3 point underdogs. They have gone 8-4 against the spread including 5-1 at home. The return of Trubisky would be a big boost as before the injury he was playing very well. The Rams have gone 5-5-2 against the spread including 3-3 on the road. They still have something to play for despite clinching the division and these teams could even end up meeting again in the playoffs.