The Bears and Rams are as evenly matched as they come.
Both teams have young, offensive-minded head coaches whose team strength happens to reside on the other side of the ball. So it should come as no surprise that the two previous matchups were closely contested, hard-fought battles. I expect nothing else when these squads square off.
And to make things that much more fun, the players know it, too:
"This is the one to take the tie breaker. The death-match. We've been looking forward to this game."
-Bears LT Charles Leno Jr. on the Bears-Rams 3rd straight season in prime time.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) October 26, 2020
These Bears traveled to Hollywood on that Rodney Dangerfield “I get no respect!” wave. But a win against the Rams would go a long way toward flipping the script. Go get one!
Chicago Bears (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 7:15 p.m. CT on ESPN and ABC-7 in Chicago (Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, Brian Griese, Lisa Salters), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), Westwood One Radio (Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner)
Odds: Bears (+6, -110), Over/Under 44.5, via the DraftKings Sportsbook.
Week 7 Game Thread (Preview)
Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. Let’s get the Bears a third consecutive win.
Matt Nagy (25-13) vs. Sean McVay (37-17)
Bears: Nick Foles
Last week at Panthers: 23/39 (58.9%), 1 TD, 1 INT, 70.2 rating
Rams: Jared Goff
Last week at 49ers: 19/38 (50%), 198 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 72.0 rating
Bears Expected Starters
• QB Nick Foles
• RB David Montgomery
• WR Allen Robinson II
• TEs Jimmy Graham, Demetrius Harris, Cole Kmet
• LT Charles Leno Jr., LG Rashad Coward, C Cody Whitehair, RG Germain Ifedi, RT Bobby Massie
• DT Akiem Hicks, NT Bilal Nichols, DE Roy Robertson-Harris
• OLBs Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn
• ILBs Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan
• CBs Kyle Fuller, Jaylon Johnson
• FS Eddie Jackson
• SS Tashaun Gipson Sr.
• Cairo Santos (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Patrick Sales (long snapper), Cordarrelle Patterson (kick returns), Ted Ginn Jr. (punt returns)
Rams Expected Starters:
• QB Jared Goff
• RB Darrell Henderson
• WRs Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, Robert Woods
• TE Gerald Everett
• LT Andrew Whitworth, LG Coleman Shelton, C Austin Blythe, RG Austin Corbett, RT Rob Havenstein
• LDE Michael Brockers, NT Sebastian Joseph-Day, DT Aaron Donald
• WLB Samson Ebukam, ILBs Micah Kiser and Kenny Young, SLB Leonard Floyd
• CBs Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, Darious Williams
• Ss John Johnson, Taylor Rapp
• Sam Sloman (or possibly Kai Forbath) (kicker), Johnny Hekker (punter, holder), Jake McQuaide (long snapper), Darrell Henderson (kick returns), Nsimba Webster (punt returns)
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 26, 2020
Tyler Higbee is inactive for #CHIvsLA
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) October 26, 2020