The Chicago Bears go on the road Sunday to face the St Louis Rams in what is an important conference game for the Bears.
The Bears are currently positioned outside of the playoff picture. The Bears are tied with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North division but the Lions hold the tie-breaker. In terms of the wild-card standings, the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals all are ahead of the Bears. All three teams that are ahead of the Bears in the wild-card race have a better conference record. That would be why the Bears can ill-afford to lose to the Rams on Sunday.
If it were not for the injuries that the Bears have suffered this season, this game would not be the pick ‘em that it currently is.
The Rams are a team that has dealt with injuries as well. Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford tore his ACL earlier in the season and will not be returning this season to the team. Quarterback Kellen Clemens has been starting in place of Bradford. Clemens and the Rams offense found success in the team’s last game two weeks ago before their bye week. In that game, the Rams defeated the Indianapolis Colts 38-8.
The Rams defense has shown flashes of being stingy at various points this season. One of the reasons that Rams defense has been successful at times is because of defensive end Jake Long. Long will be matched up against his brother Kyle Long on the Bears offensive line. The father of the two, Howie Long, will be in attendance as for the first time in 20 years he took the day off from his pre-game duties on Fox.
- Brandon Cain: The Rams have lost Sam Bradford, their starting quarterback, but have performed well in his absence lately. They nearly beat the Seattle Seahawks at home on Monday Night Football, dropped a tough game to the Titans, and then dominated the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis 38-8. Both teams have their share of injuries but the Rams come out on top 21-17.
- Dylan Burn: We will most likely see a defensive battle and Josh McCown will have to be getting rid of the ball quickly because Robert Quinn is coming. The Bears win a tight one 14-10.
- Marty Rosenbaum: Bears 30, Rams 24
- Brandon Bender: The Rams, along with the Bears, have had injury issues as well as inconsistent play this season. It’ll be a close one that could go either way, but I think the Bears will win 31-21.
- Jordan Campbell: This game honestly could go either way, with that said, I have the Bears winning this game 21-17.
- Start-Time: 12:00 p.m.
- Live Stream: NFL.com
- Television Information: Fox
- Radio Information: WBBM 780 AM