Written By: Sal Vassallo
Welcome to week seven of NFL football!!! This week’s Monday Night Showdown features the Los Angeles Rams on the road to clash with the Chicago Bears.
The Rams (4-2) are coming off a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Despite all their injuries, the Niners managed to hold Rams’ QB Jared Goff to under 200 yards passing. The Rams played fairly well defensively, but the offense really couldn’t get anything going. As for the Bears (5-1), they are coming off another great win in Carolina! Nick Foles threw for under 200 yards, but did just enough as the Bears defense continued to be the catalyst for Chicago’s terrific start. Foles may not throw for three hundred yards, but he makes the throws when they matter and is very calm under pressure.
Looking at the numbers, the Bears are top fifteen as a team in all defensive categories, including second in 3rd down conversions by the opposition. Despite early-season success, the Bears benched QB Mitch Trubisky in week three due to underperformance and turnovers. Foles has provided nice game management and gives the Bears a chance to win with their defense every week. As for LA, the Rams have been able to take advantage of weak NFC East opponents as they are 4-0 against the NFC East while falling to the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. Last week against SF, QB Jared Goff struggled, throwing for under 200 yards with a turnover. Team stats, however, are a different story. The Rams defense are top ten in total yards, passing yards, point against, and 3rd down conversions against. As for their offense, their offense ranks top fifteen in most offensive categories outside of the most important stat which is points (19th).
This will be a defense-first type of game where one turnover could cost either team dearly. The keys for the Rams are for Jared Goff to be able to drive the ball down the field with his arm. The Rams will then have to capitalize on any red-zone opportunity or turnover the Bears might give them. As for the Bears, they need to control the time of possession and keep the potent Rams offense and Jared Goff off the field. The Bears will need a little bit more out of their ground game including David Montgomery as that may be the softest spot of the Rams defense.
We’ve seen a few good Monday Night games already, including the Raiders knocking off New Orleans back in week two or the Chiefs-Ravens game from week three. This week seven matchup will likely be a very low scoring game and it will come down to who can cash in on key opportunities. I think at the end of the day I’ll take Goff and the Rams offense. My score prediction is 23-19 LA will win on the road!
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