Ready or not, here come to Bears in prime time again. Just a few weeks after their NFL North battle against Minnesota, the powers that be have shifted Chicago to a Sunday night slot again this time with the Los Angeles Rams.
Los Angeles comes to Soldier Field in Chicago with an NFL best 11-1 record and have already locked up the NFC West title. They’ve won three straight games and have looked nearly unstoppable during the stretch.
Chicago has been a bit more up and down of late thanks in no small part to the absence of starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who has missed two straight games nursing a shoulder injury suffered in the Sunday night tilt against Minneapolis.
While still atop the NFC North, the Bears have dropped to 8-4 after last week’s dramatic yet sloppy overtime loss to the New York Giants. It presents some interesting decisions for fans of NFL betting.
Chase Daniel has filled the void left by Trubisky and his play has been spotty at best. In last week’s New York loss, Daniel was 26 of 39 for 285 yards. He helped engineer touchdown drives of 70, 74 and 53 yards.
But he also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and fumbled four times.
It’s been a familiar story all week about whether Trubisky will be ready to answer the bell or not come game time, and top NFL bookmakers, including Karamba, have set the Rams as three-point road favorites.
Like last week, head coach Matt Nagy has preached progress but that’s a way from committing whether his talented young QB would be able to take the main stage in what would be a showcase match-up with the Rams and their star signal caller Jarod Goff.
The Bears with Trubisky have a fighting chance against LA but the game takes on a much different dynamic if Daniel again is behind center.
Trubisky aside, the Bears’ offense will rely again on contributions from Tarik Cohen, who’s coming off a 12-catch, 156-yard game that also included a one-yard TD pass as time expired to send the New York game into overtime.
The multi-purpose Cohen will have to deal with a Los Angeles defense that has its standouts led by NFL sack leader Aaron Donald and five-time Pro Bowl pick Ndamukong Suh along with Marcus Peters and Aquib Talib in the secondary.
But while good, LA doesn’t boast a great defense and Cohen as well as fellow back Jordan Howard will get their opportunities to establish and exploit the ground game to compliment Chicago’s aerial attack.
This one should be close but take Chicago +3 at Karamba.
888Sport has set the line at 52.5 between these two teams, as both squads have put points on the board on a regular basis with the high-flying Rams offense averaging just a shade fewer than 35 a game.
Chicago, even with Trubisky out and Daniel in for a pair of games, has averaged 28 and change. So the opportunity for this to turn into a shootout certainly exists.
A key component will be Chicago’s defense, which has been superior most of the year before showing some cracks in the armor last week against the Giants.
The Bears held the Giants to 85 yards on 22 plays on their first six possessions, which resulted in five punts — four after 3-and-outs — and a Kyle Fuller interception.
However it was a different story after that when the defense allowed New York to score a field goal and two touchdowns on its next three drives, turning a 14-7 deficit into a 24-14 lead.
Chicago has forced multiple turnovers in 10 of its 12 games this season and have recorded at least two interceptions in seven games. They’ll need more of that to slow down LA.
Goff has racked up over 300 passing yards in three out of his last four games, and he has 3,754 total passing yards. Running back Todd Gurley continues to be one of the NFL’s best. He gained 132 yards in Detroit last week, and he has eclipsed 100 rushing yards six times this season for a season total of 1,175 rushing yards.
Even a return to form by Chicago’s D will have a hard time containing those weapons. It all adds up to betting over 52.5 with 888Sport.
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