Do we have another surprise coming Sunday night?
The Rams head into the game as the week’s 3rd largest favorite (8.5 points). Both teams ahead -- Tampa Bay and San Francisco (both -9.5 by kickoff) -- failed to cover.
Could we see the Bears keep it close on the road in L.A.?
It wouldn’t be crazy. The Rams have lost DC Brandon Staley and S John Johnson III as key pieces from last year’s top-ranked defense -- plus a few other complementary pieces. And defenses tend to be volatile year to year anyway.
Still, can we really bet on Andy Dalton marching the Bears into town and racking up points?
And what about the other side: Is Matthew Stafford the facelift this Rams offense needed after looking saggy last year? The Chicago defense was no slouch in 2020, either. It ranked just 14th in points allowed, but 8th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA -- 4th vs. the run and 13th vs. the pass.
Let’s get to the charts …