Week 10: Bears @ Rams

Chicago’s got a chance to get their second win a row after losing two in a row wrapped around the bye week earlier this season. Chicago enters the game in St. Louis at 3-5 and yet to see themselves get to the .500 mark. Chicago came within a game of that, but a heartbreaking loss in Detroit in Week 6 sniffed out any possibility of the team getting themselves back into contention in the NFC North. The Bears are currently three and half games behind both the Vikings and the Packers in the division based on two head to head meetings between the teams.

This weekend Chicago heads into St. Louis to face a team that has one of the best defenses in the league. St. Louis has only allowed five passing touchdowns all year and hasn’t allowed more than 200 yards through the air in its last seven contests while ranking second in the NFL with 27 sacks. The Bears are going to be without Eddie Royal certainly and could be without Alshon Jeffery yet again as he’s been listed as questionable for the game. Jeffery was huge in last week’s Monday Night win in San Diego. On the other side of the ball Chicago has one of the worst run defenses in the league allowing 121.6/G (24th). The Rams have one of the best backs in the league in Todd Gurley who Vic Fangio has already compared to a young Adrian Peterson. Gurley currently ranks fourth in the league in rushing yards with 664 while averaging an NFL best 110.7/G, 16 more than Peterson who’s second. The Bears are going to be without Ego Ferguson who was suspended four games because of performance enhancing drugs and Pernell McPhee was also limited in practice and has been listed as questionable for the game on Sunday.

Last week the Bears were in a good spot because the Chargers have been in a downward spiral all year, but this time around they’re facing one of the best defenses in football on the road when the team is coming off a tough loss in Minneapolis. The Bears are going to have a hard time moving the ball, and an even harder time stopping the spread attack of St. Louis that has Todd Gurley, Tavon Austin, and Kenny Britt in the mix. The Bears didn’t fare well in St. Louis the last time these two teams faced off in the “Gateway City” and this is an awful lot to ask for an injury plagued Bears squad that has been up and down all season.

The two teams are a combined 7-9 on the year but the Bears are a pretty sizable underdog at 6.5 points. To be honest this is another brutal part of the Bears schedule as they’ve got to travel to St. Louis then come home next Sunday to the Broncos and then travel to Green Bay on a short week and play on Thanksgiving Night. The Bears in the next ten days could lose three in a row and find themselves 3-8. Then again if one was so inclined the Bears could just as quickly save their season and be 6-5 with a pseudo-bye week after Thanksgiving. Crazier things have happened!