Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears Matchup Preview (10/26/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Los Angeles Rams are looking to stay competitive in the NFC West as they are tied for second with a record of 4-2. They lost to the 49ers last week making their division record 0-1. The Bears have been sneaking away with a 5-1 record this season and lead the NFC North. Both of these teams have a 1-1 record against each other in the last two years, so this should be an interesting game. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears Matchup Page.
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Los Angeles Rams: Questionable to play: Darrell Henderson (thigh), Tyler Higbee (hand), IR: Obo Okoronkwo (elbow)
Chicago Bears: Questionable to play: Sherrick McManis (hamstring), Buster Skrine (ankle), Akiem Hicks (illness), Rashaad Coward (finger), Deon Bush (hamstring), IR: James Daniels (pectoral)
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
The Los Angeles Rams are currently tied for second in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals with a 4-2 record. Last week, they came off of a loss to division rival San Francisco 49ers, who are 3-3. They are looking to make a come back next week against the Chicago Bears, who are 5-1.
The run game for Los Angeles is one of the biggest key points on their offense since they run the ball nearly 50% of the time in games. With Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown have racked up an average of 135.2 yards per game and rank fifth in rushing touchdowns this season. Plus, they have the most efficient run game in the NFL, thanks to their offensive line, with a DVOA of 14.5% that leads the league.
The Rams’ offensive line is one of the best in the league in the passing and the rushing game. They allow the second to least sacks per game with 1.2 sacks per game. Their 4% sack rate is also one of the best in the NFL this season. In terms of the run game, they allow the best yards per carry of any offensive line with an average of 4.94 yards per carry to their running backs this season. This will help their chances of winning against the Bears defensive line, that has been coming to life after struggling at first.
Jared Goff has been an underrated quarterback this season since the Rams pass the ball around 31 times per game, which is one of the lowest in the league. However, Goff has a 67.4% completion rate along with 1,570 yards and ten touchdowns this season, which ranks near the top ten in the league. Goff, along with star receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, has created an effective passing game to open up their dominant run game.
On the defensive side, Aaron Donald has shown why he is the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL and is making a case to be defensive player of the year. He leads the league with 7.5 sacks this season and also has two forced fumbles and six tackles for a loss on the year. The Rams’ defensive line will be a tough task for the Bears offensive line to handle.
The Rams have a difficult road to the playoffs in one of the most competitive divisions in the league. However, through their defense and the mind of Sean McVay, they certainly have a chance to compete to get themselves into the playoffs. However, the Bears defense will be a tough task for this offense and will need to scheme well to come out with a victory.
Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart
Chicago Bears Analysis
The Chicago Bears have surprised the NFL with a 5-1 record this season especially after beating Tom Brady’s Buccaneers two weeks ago. The Bears are coming off of a win against the Carolina Panthers on the road, putting them in first place in the NFC North over the Green Bay Packers. They will look to get a win and hold onto the first place spot against the Rams next week.
Nick Foles has come into the Bears offense as the new starting quarterback over Mitchell Trubisky in week three after Trubisky failed to produce against the Falcons’ defense. Since then, Foles and the Bears have gone 2-1 not including the game against the Falcons where Foles threw for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win the game. Foles has similar numbers to Trubisky with a slightly better completion percentage of 62.5%, but a worse QBR of 80.4 versus 87.4 from Trubisky. However, his leadership on the field has been better than Trubisky’s which has been far more valuable to the Bears’ offense.
The Bears run game is one of the least effective in the league. They are at the bottom of the league in rushing attempts, rushing yards, and only have two rushing touchdowns on the season. However, their offensive line has been effective in the run game with 4.34 yards per carry for adjusted offensive line yards. David Montgomery has led the team’s backfield, but the loss of Tarik Cohen has caused the Bears to lose a diverse rushing back in the backfield.
Allen Robinson is one of the most effective receivers in the NFL and offers a lot of value to the Bears’ offense. He leads the league in targets and is second in receptions for the Bears. He will have a tough matchup against Jalen Ramsey and the Rams’ defense next week.
The Bears’ defense is starting to look like the defense they were two years ago when they were 12-4. Their defense has the fifth-best defensive DVOA with a -16.0%, meaning they are 16% more effective against opposing offenses in the league. Kyle Fuller and rookie Jaylon Johnson have the second and third best-allowed completion percentages to opposing offenses. The defense allows one of the lowest points per game around 19 points per game, which will help them going against the Rams’ terrific offense.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Betting Corner Bears +6
Spread: +/- 6
Moneyline: Bears +195, Rams -245
Spread: Bears +6
Moneyline: Rams -245
The Bears, while 5-1, are a vulnerable team that has scraped by teams to get wins this season. Their average scoring margin is +2.0 points this season, one of the lowest for a winning team. I expect the Bears to cover their spread on Monday night since they usually keep games close. However, the Rams need a win more than the Bears do to stay competitive in their division, and I think they will get it on Monday night.
While this is mostly a defense game, the over/under is way too low for these two teams who can produce on offense. I think the over will be the correct bet next week.
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Love/Hate Fantasy Picks
Jimmy Graham has been a phenomenal fantasy player this season standing sixth in tight end fantasy points. I think he will have another TE1 type weekend in fantasy if Allen Robinson struggles against the Rams’ secondary. Look for Graham to continue his dominance as a heavy option in the Bears’ offense.
Darrell Henderson has been seeing most of the attention on this Rams’ offense, and I certainly like him going into next week for fantasy football. He ranks 19th in fantasy points amongst running backs this season with an 11.4 average. The Bears have one of the best secondaries in the league, which will give Henderson more attention in the offense on Monday night.
Robert Woods is ranked in the top ten for receivers in total fantasy points and has an average of 10.8 points per game. However, he will have a tough matchup against Kyle Fuller and possibly Jaylon Johnson. I think he could still have WR3 and potentially WR2 numbers, but he will struggle next week.