The National Football League is all the way back. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in an instant classic to open the season on Thursday night. It was a phenomenal game that saw Tom Brady do Tom Brady things which allowed the Bucs to win the game. Now, the rest of the league will wait for Sunday to get their season underway. The Chicago Bears will face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.
It is a game that the Bears should see as a major hurdle in the early portion of their schedule. The Rams are a very good team that could be a legit Super Bowl threat in the NFC. They had a very good roster for years but they upgraded at quarterback from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford. Now, with a player like that under center, they are even more dangerous.
The Chicago Bears are a team that isn’t seen as very good. They have a decent defense that has some really good playmakers on it. It wasn’t as good in 2020 as we would expect but they have the players to rebound it in 2021. With Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, and Roquan Smith amongst others, there is potential for a very good defense if they stay healthy. They need their offense to carry its weight in order to be any good.
If the Bears want to upset those Rams, it will come down to that offense. We know that Andy Dalton is going to start the game. The Bears could win if Dalton turns back the clock and plays well. The Bears defense is good enough to hold Matthew Stafford if the offense does its job. Stafford, obviously, was with the Detroit Lions so the Bears might have something on him.
The Chicago Bears need some offensive dominance in order to win on Sunday.
A key to the offense doing what it needs to be done is David Montgomery. He was secretly one of the best running backs in the NFL last season and is only looking to get better this year. If they are going to score a lot of points in this game and in this season, he will need to be a big piece.
If they can someway, somehow figure out a way to score 30 points, there could be a win for the Bears. It isn’t necessarily likely but it is possible. It is also going to be interesting all season to see what happens with Andy Dalton. As mentioned before, he is the starter but we all know that Justin Fields is coming at some point.
If Fields came in and dominated, it would be so fun to watch. It would also mean a lot for the Bears and their future. The Rams are one of the better teams that the Bears will face this season and it would be nice to see how Fields plays against them. Some people want to see him protected from a guy like Aaron Donald, but this is football.
If the Bears want to win, they need to score prolifically. If they do plenty of that, they can beat the Rams. If the Rams defense owns the Bears’ offense, there is no chance for them to squeak out a win. A lot of momentum for the rest of the season is riding on this game so it would be nice to see that offense get it done.