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The Bears (4-5) head out to LA to face the Rams (5-4) on Sunday night. The last time these two played on Sunday night was in sub-zero temperatures at Soldier Field where Chicago beat LA 15-6. Game time temperatures should be a little warmer as forecasts predict the temperature to be 76 degrees at kickoff. The offenses might not be as hot Sunday. The Rams rank 21st and the Bears rank 26th in offensive efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. Both LA and Chicago are on the outside of the playoff picture. This game will important to try and gain ground on the Vikings who currently holds the sixth seed. As of writing this, the Rams are currently 6.5-point favorites. For odds and line movements, visit the Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Bears: TE Trey Burton – Calf (Q), LB Isaiah Irving – Quad (Q), LB Danny Trevathan – Elbow (D)
Rams: WR Brandin Cooks – Concussion (O), T Rob Havenstein – Knee (D), LB Bryce Hager – Shoulder (IR), C Brian Allen – MCL (IR)
Chicago Bears Analysis
Chicago snapped their four game losing streak last week after beating Detroit 20-13. The performance out of their offense wasn’t great, but it was a step in the right direction. Last year, one of the biggest factors in their win over the Rams was neutralizing Aaron Donald. Now, the offense wasn’t great, but Chicago’s offensive line was able to limit one of the best defensive players in the game. If they want any chance of moving the ball, it is going to have to come in the trenches and limiting Aaron Donald’s havoc. Also, Matt Nagy is going to have scheme around Jalen Ramsey this game. Ramsey will most likely be on Allen Robinson all game, so it is going to be important for guys like Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel to create space for themselves.
For their defense, they are most likely going to be without linebacker Danny Trevathan. With Akiem Hicks already out, the Travathan injury will expose the middle of Chicago’s defense by having to look to their depth to step up. Nick Kwiatkowski has been solid in their run defense when he’s played, but could be exposed in the passing game. The Rams rank 22nd in yards per rush and 17th in rushing efficiency, even with a guy named Todd Gurley in the backfield. Also, Jared Goff has struggled this season, so it does come down to Sean McVay scheming for the Trevathan injury. One player that needs to step up is Khalil Mack. He hasn’t had the same impact he’s known for, this season, as he only has one sack in the last five games. If the Bears want to slow down the Rams offense, then Mack needs to be active in the backfield on Sunday.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
The Rams have been on a roller coaster this season. After starting 3-0, they have lost four of their last six games. They traded away Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, and brought in Jalen Ramsey for two first-round picks. Their defense has improved over the last four games. The most points they’ve allowed was 20 to San Francisco. The other opponents were Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh; and Chicago isn’t that far off from those offenses. LA’s defense ranks fourth in DVOA and their weakness is in the pass game. Trubisky isn’t going to be a quarterback that takes advantage of a bad pass defense. He couldn’t do it against the Eagles or Lions, and he won’t be able to do it against LA. Don’t expect the Bears to have success running the ball either.
In Jared Goff’s last 16 games, dating back to last season, he has a 60 percent completion percentage, 17 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and 16 fumbles. Not great. Luckily, he has a guru in Sean McVay that is able to make him succeed as much as possible. Even though the Bears defense is banged up, the numbers don’t give Rams fans hope that Goff will be able to take advantage. Their offense ranks 21st in DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. LA has struggled against top tier defenses this season. Chicago has a defense that is capable of limiting Goff this Sunday. The best thing for the Rams would be to get Todd Gurley going. He has only rushed for 428 yards this season, and with the middle of the Bears defense banged up, that is something McVay needs his team to take advantage of.
LA Rams Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy Pick: Defense, Defense, Defense
Last year, Trubisky and Goff threw a combined seven interceptions when the Bears and Rams played. Now, they might not turn the ball over as much, but both defenses shouldn’t have a problem limiting their opponents offense. Nothing shows that Goff and Trubisky are capable of moving the ball on great defenses, so expect a low scoring game and a lot of fantasy points to come from both teams on Sunday night.