Two division leaders square off on Sunday night in Week 14, as the Los Angeles Rams (11-1) head east to take on the Chicago Bears (8-4) in a must-watch primetime game with serious playoff implications.
The Rams - who earned their second straight NFC West crown in last week’s win in Detroit - are looking to lock up a first round bye, while the Bears aim to stay atop their division and stave off the second place Minnesota Vikings.
This should prove to be one of the tougher tests for the Rams in 2018. Can their high-powered offense carry the team to victory against a very stout Bears’ defense? The Turf Show Times staff make their predictions...
Tubbs and Bears offense struggle against Rams improved defense
Prediction: Rams win, 27-13
Three words: Aaron “Gamewrecker” Donald.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-17
Charlie Hiller (@charliehiller)
Chicago deep dish is a tomato pie, not a pizza.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-24
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
Chicago has a tough defense. The Detroit game expose some ways slow down the Rams offense. It’ll be interesting to see what the Bears scheme up to put a halt to Gurley/Goff. We gotta remember they have Khalil Mack ready to tee off in Goff. Of create some sort of other havoc.
I, however, do not believe it will be enough to stop the offense. Goff/Gurley will get theirs. The defense‘s last outing was promising. We will see if CB Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, OLB Dante Fowler Jr., & Samson Ebukam continue to build.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-21
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
What happens first, the Rams clinch home field advantage, or Aaron Donald breaks the single season sack record?
Prediction: Rams win, 27-20
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
This could be the second loss of a 14-2 season, which almost sounds about right. But the Rams usually win, and they usually end up in competitive games, so let’s stick with the script for this prediction, with a defense that now seems capable of making a few stops through four quarters.
Prediction: Rams win, 33-31
Kristian Ramirez (@KristianRamirez)
The Bears defense deserves respect. They have the DE equivalent of AD99 on top of an interception machine in the secondary. But as is my motto, in McBae we trust, I think the offense will be ready.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-17
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams travel to cold and windy Chicago to take on the Bears who will likely have QB Mitchell Trubisky back after missing two weeks with an injury. In a battle of perhaps the two best defensive players between Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, the Rams will be playing in primetime (first of two consecutive SNF games) and look to essentially lock up a bye week with a victory.
With Trubisky probably not at 100% and Rams QB Jared Goff looking to rebound from his off game in Detroit, the Rams get an important victory on the road.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-24
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
The Bears’ defense has playmakers which should lead to turnovers and if Eddie Jackson gets his hands on the ball in the secondary, they could get 7 points. Mack is also a game changer like Donald.
On offense, the Bears have players to stress the defense and if Mitch runs with the ball it could be a problem.
Prediction: Bears win, 24-17
Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)
Bears are defensively stout and it’s gonna be cold for Jared Goff’s tiny hands. So, it’s gonna be messy and close.
Prediction: Rams win, 17-16
Tough call here. If last week’s Rams offense shows up, we could be in trouble on the road against an elite defense in the cold. I don’t expect Jared Goff to have another off game. If anything, I’d expect his struggles against Detroit to sharpen his play. Plus, kid’s money in primetime. Patience will the the key, as Chicago likely won’t surrender the explosive plays we’re used to getting, and we’ll need to be solid on third down to keep the chains moving. We’re not likely to put up 40, but we’ll score enough to win. Tarik Cohen presents a real challenge, as does Bitch Trubisky when he scrambles — both guys will expose our LBs on occasion, and keep the Bears in the game. It’ll come down to Greg the Leg, and late.
Prediction: Rams win, 26-23
Michael Frank (@turfshowtimesmike)
Cold. Should come down to the running game and which Defense makes the most plays. Massive game or game manager, I believe this game comes down to Goff and limiting mistakes as an offense.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-24
Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith)
Aaron Donald is tossing around quarterbacks of the NFC North like it’s his job after a dominant run against the Lions last week. Whether or not Mitchell Trubisky plays or not, Donald should have a field day again under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football. On the other side, protection is at a premium against Khalil Mack and Jared Goff will need to be sharper against a tough Bears defense. Todd Gurley is the key in what could be a knock down, drag out fight in the Chicago cold. Rams take this one, 28-14.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-14
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
The Rams will likely meet their toughest match facing off against the Bears’ defense. The offensive line is going to be paramount in this game as the Bears can stop the run very effectively and have two of the best defensive lineman in the league in Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks. The Rams’ defense will have to remain sound and be prepared for all kinds of weird shifts, motions, and QB scrambles if Mitch Trubisky plays. I’ll still roll with the Rams, they’re just too hot and talented right now. They also have the Saints riding their coattails.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-27
The Bears have the 2nd best rush defense in the league, boast two of the NFL’s top three interception leaders in Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson, and have a monster on the edge in the form of Khalil Mack. This should spell certain doom for an LA Rams team playing on the road on a cold Chicago evening before a national audience.
But it won’t! The Rams will take this one.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-28
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Rams will again hit prime time on Sunday Night Football against a resurgent Bears team. What intrigues me most about this matchup is the conversation that will be had about Aaron Donald v Khalil Mack. In a NFL dominated by high flying offenses, it will be nice to see the conversation shift to a couple of dominant defensive players - and see Donald wreck the Bears offensive line.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-24
Prediction: Bears win, 24-20
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
Something’s got to give, right? High-powered offense against a very stout defense. Warm weather team on the road in freezing temps...
But the something that’s got to give is the Rams. And they’re going to give the Bears a loss in their own house this weekend.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-20