Week 7 of Monday Night Football features the Chicago Bears (5-1, 3-0 away) at the Los Angeles Rams (4-2, 2-0 home) in a battle of NFC heavyweights.
The visiting Bears have won their last two games while the host will look to get back into the win column this week. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 pm ET at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The Rams are a 5.5-point favorite in the Monday night showdown.
What to Know – Chicago Bears
The Bears have gotten no love from the media in any NFL Power Rankings. Regardless, they have themselves sitting in a tie for first place in the NFC North standings.
The margin of victory in the five wins for Chicago has come from a combined 20 points. The lone loss for the Bears this season came at home against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4.
Nick Foles was plugged into play in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons and lead a thrilling comeback victory over on the road and has gone 2-1 as the Bears starter since. Foles has completed 92-of-152 passes for 878 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Running back David Montgomery has carried the ball 82 times for 305 yards and one score, also catching 20 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown. The Bears have rushed for just two touchdowns this season.
Allen Robinson II leads the league in targets (66) and has hauled in 40 of those for 474 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Jimmy Graham has feasted in the red zone leading the Bears with four receiving touchdowns on 22 catches for 203 yards.
Defensively, the Bears are seventh in the league in both points allowed (19.3) and total yards allowed (337.2) per game. Chicago has forced eight takeaways and totaled 15 sacks so far this season.
In four of the last five Bears games, the total has gone under while Chicago is 4-2 against the spread in 2020.
What to Know – Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles suffered a rare loss last weekend to the San Francisco 49ers that saw the 49ers build a 21-6 lead in the first half. The Rams are behind the Seattle Seahawks for second-place in the NFC West standings.
Jared Goff has completed 128-for-190 passes for 1,570 yards, ten touchdowns, and four interceptions. Goff has been sacked just seven times this season.
The Rams feature a committee at running back with Darrell Henderson Jr. (72 carries, 348 yards, three touchdowns) and Malcolm Brown (55 carries, 217 yards, two touchdowns) getting the bulk of the shares. Henderson Jr. is also a threat at receiver with seven catches for 96 yards and one score.
One of the only defensive units to perform better this season than the Bears is the Rams. Los Angeles is fourth in the league in total yards allowed (318.5) and sixth in points allowed (19.0) per game. Rams defenders have gotten to opposing quarterbacks this year with 20 sacks through six games.
The Rams are 3-3 against this spread in 2020, and the total has gone over in just two of their six games.
The Pick is In
This game will be a low-scoring slugfest between two of the premier defenses in the NFL. The Bears have found ways to come away with victories each week, and it’s hard to continue to bet against them. So we won’t.
Take the Bears and the points in this one.