Following a wild and thrilling Sunday night contest, of which we were somehow on the wrong side in Seattle – we’re back at it again on Monday, to try and make Week 7 another winning week.
While it’s quite unlikely a game between the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams can match what we saw on Sunday evening, the importance and implications of this all-NFC showdown should be quite high.
For the Bears, they’re a surprising 5-1 right now under Matt Nagy. Despite lots of turmoil at the quarterback position, the offense is doing just enough and their defensive unit has been quite the revelation early this season. And while many still don’t quite feel this Chicago squad is necessarily for real, another win in a big-time spot could help to win over the doubters.
The Rams meanwhile have also been impressive, but have done so in spurts. They’re 4-2, but in a competitive NFC West division, that might not be enough as every other team also boasts a winning record. Last week the Rams struggled to put away the 49ers, getting stifled on offense and showed some defensive miscues. Jared Goff will need to be better against a stellar Bears’ front.
Two solid NFC teams will meet Monday night in what could well be a potential playoff preview down the line. It’s been a thrilling week of NFL action, with many ups and downs for the betting public. Let’s hope Monday closes things out with an easy winner. As always, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our take on this Bears/Rams showdown, as well as a full tactical breakdown and selection. Enjoy Monday Night Football!
Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +6 (-110)
@ Los Angeles Rams -6 (-110)
Over 45 (-115)
Under 45 (-105)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Pick:
While the decision to go from Mitch Trubisky to Nick Foles for the Bears was highly questioned, it’s seemed to work out well so far for Chicago. The quality of play between the two does not seem all that different, though Foles has clearly added a steadying presence to this offense, and has been avoiding big mistakes.
This week against the Rams front though, a new test will present itself. L.A. does an excellent job at generating pressure, led by the beastly Aaron Donald. While the Bears’ offensive line has given Foles some excellent protection of late, don’t be surprised to see him hurried and pressured far more often than we’re used to.
Last week we saw the Niners get great success against the Rams and their pass rush by nullifying it with quick throws, specifically to those coming out of the backfield. Chicago should follow suit, likely meaning a big game is in store for David Montgomery.
If Goff isn’t getting time and space in the pocket to make plays downfield, it’s tough to have faith in how the Rams will move the chains in this contest. Expect hurried throws while under pressure, and perhaps a reliance on the run game. That said, Chicago’s defense really doesn’t feature any holes – and they should be able to bottle up whatever running back the Rams throw at them.
Although Khalil Mack seems a bit banged up, the expectation is he will play – a huge boost for the Chicago pass rush. That rush should play a crucial role on Monday night, and should be able to keep the Bears in this contest throughout. Six points for these evenly matched teams seems a bit high, and look for the Bears’ defense to give their offense a shot to win it on Monday Night Football.