Sunday, December 9 at 8:20 PM ET
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The Chicago Bears look to get back on track after a tough overtime road loss against the New York Giants when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.
The Rams are coming off a 30-16 road win against the Lions last Sunday while the Bears had a tough 30-27 overtime loss against the Giants.
Los Angeles has won three in a row and improved their road record to 5-1 while clinching the NFC West. Jared Goff completed 17 of 33 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception but he's passed for over 300 yards in three of his last four games. Todd Gurley II ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in Detroit and he's eclipsed 100 rushing yards six times this season.
Chicago has a 5-1 home record and the loss in New York snapped a five-game winning streak. Chase Daniel started in place of Mitchell Trubisky and he completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Trubisky is having a breakout season with 2,469 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions and he's likely to play against the Rams.
The Los Angeles Rams are:
2-5 ATS in their last seven games against NFC opponents
2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games overall
1-4-1 ATS in their last six games on grass
0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record
The Chicago Bears are:
6-0-1 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a winning road record
15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games
18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game
7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass
The key to this game will be Todd Gurley II facing the Chicago run defense. The Bears rank second in the league, allowing just 85.8 rushing yards per game but Gurley leads the NFL with 19 touchdowns, including a franchise-record 15 on the ground. The star running back is a big reason why the Rams are the second highest-scoring team in the league, averaging 34.9 points per game and he also leads the NFL with 1,175 rushing yards.
Another player to watch will be Bears running back Tarik Cohen, who made his presence felt in a big way against the Giants. At halftime Cohen ran for 30 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for eight yards and he didn't get a single carry or target in the third quarter but he torched the New York secondary in the fourth quarter with 10 receptions for 148 yards.
The Bears need all the firepower they can muster to stay in the game against the Rams and Cohen should be more involved. The Rams are the better team but five of their last seven wins were by five points or less and the Bears play an elite level defense and can run the ball well.
NFL Pick: Bears +3 (-105) at Jazz Sports