Chicago Bears: 3 dangerous areas Rams could exploit in Week 7

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Chicago Bears, Aaron Donald
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1. Bears run blocking vs. Rams defensive line

Last Sunday against Carolina, the Bears surprised fans by starting Rashaad Coward at guard. A week prior against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starter James Daniels went down to a season-ending injury and Alex Bars came in to spell him.

Bars was, in a word, bad. In his first series after spelling Daniels, he allowed a sack. For the remainder of the game, he was average at best, and that’s being generous.

Back to Carolina. Seeing Coward in place of Bars made most fans want to vomit. Now, some wish to see Bars given another shot. The bottom line is, they’re in trouble up front. Monday night, whomever the starter is at that guard spot will have to deal with the human wrecking ball, Aaron Donald.

Already, the Bears have struggled to establish a run game. Their identity has come almost purely through the pass and Nick Foles. But, Matt Nagy has continued to say he needs to get the run game going.

This is not ideal timing to continue that goal, but the Bears have to try. Believe it or not, the Rams are 4th in the NFL in total defense, allowing just over 318 yards per game. They’re still giving up 109 rushing yards per game, but the Bears’ offensive line gives reason to worry they’ll even sniff three quarters of that number.

David Montgomery is a guy who needs to be given touches on a regular basis in order to get better throughout the game. He’ll break tackles. He is great after the catch. But, he needs to be involved early and often. The only chance Chicago has in getting Montgomery going is to feed him the ball from the get-go. Not only that, but getting creative against Donald is a must.