NFL Game Previews: Bears-Rams Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Bears-Rams Matchup

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Chicago (+6) at L.A. Rams, o/u 45.0 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

The 5-1 Bears find themselves atop the NFC North coming into Week 7, largely on the strength of a defense that's given up the fewest touchdowns in the league, nine through six games. A bunch of field goals has them at seventh in points per game allowed, however, at 19.3, giving them little margin to work with most weeks considering the offense is only averaging 21.3 points a game. Nick Foles hasn't impressed, but two of his three starts have come against the Bucs and Colts, and his schedule does begin to get easier ... starting next week. The Rams are one of the six teams allowing even fewer points per game than the Bears, but they're also had a front-loaded slate, facing all four teams in the woeful NFC East plus an injury-ravaged Niners squad so far. Tilts against Tampa Bay, Seattle and Arizona await after their Week 9 bye, which should offer a better picture of how good the unit actually is. In the meantime, they can try to get Jared Goff going. His overall numbers are the year are good, but he's failed to throw for more than 200 yards in two of the last three games, a trend that can't continue if they're going to keep pace in the NFC West.

The Skinny

CHI injuries: LB Khalil Mack (questionable, back)

LAR injuries: RB Darrell Henderson (questionable, thigh), WR Robert Woods (questionable, groin), TE Tyler

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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