Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting – NFL Week 7, 2020
The Chicago Bears responded to a home loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a pair of victories over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. Thanks to the Packers’ loss to the Bucs earlier this week, the Bears are at the top of the NFC North, and are in second place in the entire NFL with a 5-1 record, behind the Seattle Seahawks.
The Los Angeles Rams couldn’t make it three in a row after a couple of excellent defensive displays and wins over the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. They fell short to the divisional rivals San Francisco 49ers on the road and dropped to a 4-2 record, and now they need to get a win here in order to stay close to the Seahawks, who are 5-0 so far. Take a look at my Bears vs. Rams betting preview.
Bears vs. Rams Odds
Bears Secured a Tight Win Over the Panthers
For the fifth time this season, the Chicago Bears recorded a narrow, one possession win, this time around against the Carolina Panthers on the road, 23-16. Chicago had a 20-6 lead after the first three quarters, and although the hosts tried to make a comeback in the final 15 minutes and scored ten points, the Bears didn’t have problems to get a win in the end. Carolina collected more yards than the Bears (303-261), but they also committed three turnovers opposite Chicago’s one, and those mistakes decided this tilt.
Nick Foles completed 23 of 39 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while he also added one rushing touchdown. Rookie tight end Cole Kmet was on the receiving end of Foles’ lone TD pass, while Allen Robinson II led the Bears in receiving with 53 yards on five catches. David Montgomery had 58 yards on the ground on 19 carries. Linebacker Roquan Smith led all the defenders with 12 tackles (seven solos), while Danny Trevathan racked up ten tackles (six solos).
The Bears are the 27th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 21.3 points per game, 23rd in passing yards (222.8), 28th in rushing yards (90.0), while they have the 6th defense that allows 19.3 points per contest.
A Weak First Half Cost the Rams in a Loss to the 49ers
The Los Angeles Rams displayed the weakest offensive performance of the campaign in a 24-16 road loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and they were particularly weak in the opening half. They scored just six points in the first 30 minutes and allowed 21 in return, and even though they switched to a higher gear on defense after the interval, the offense couldn’t react in time to make a comeback.
Jared Goff completed 19 of 38 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He connected with Josh Reynolds and Robert Woods in the endzone, but Tyler Higbee led the Rams’ receivers with 56 yards on three receptions. Darrell Henderson Jr. added 88 yards on 14 carries, while Micah Kiser and John Johnson III contributed on defense with 13 tackles apiece.
The Rams are the 19th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 25.3 points per game, 16th in passing yards (253.0), 9th in rushing yards (135.2), while they have the 4th defense that allows 19.0 points per contest.
Bears vs. Rams Pick
We’re dealing with two top 10 defenses here and considering how they played lately and their last two H2H duels, we will likely have a low-scoring affair. Also, Goff and Foles are not the quarterbacks we should expect a lot of passing yards from, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see plenty of running and short passes. All in all, I am going with Under, just like it was the case in both Rams’ home games so far in the season.