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Only the finest links heading into LA’s Sunday night showdown in Chi-Town

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Five Questions with Turf Show Times: There’s no stopping Aaron Donald | Windy City Gridiron

Our very own 3k talks with the (presumably) fine folks over at Windy City Gridiron, SB Nation’s version of TST (only not anywhere near as good).

Daily Dose: It Could be a Close One in Chicago | Rams Official

Not unlike a lot of recent Rams games, there’s a good chance Sunday night will come down to a few plays in either direction. More here on the how and why.

The LA Rams may have one of the league’s great offenses, but it’s a challenge the Bears’ defense is ready for | NBC Sports

What’s this “may” nonsense? The Rams “may” but the Bears D “is.” Fake news, obviously by way of Chicago, if you care to read it.

Rams’ Aaron Donald and Bears’ Khalil Mack have stayed close, from first round to big money | OC Register

There’s more linking the two superstars than meets the eye. Rich Hammond on the ascension of Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald.

Quotes & Notes 12/6/18: Donald on Sack Record, Talib Talks Trubisky | Rams Official

Aaron Donald is supposed to say he isn’t focused on the sack record: he is. Aqib Talib is supposed to pay respect to Mitchell Trubisky: he’s not concerned about someone named Mitchell.

VIDEO: NFL-N-Motion: Breaking down the Los Angeles Rams’, Chicago Bears’ dangerous offenses | Yahoo! Sports

Steve Smith Sr. and Willie McGinest take a video look at the Rams and Bears offenses. You might be surprised at some of the similarities.

With NFC West in hand, Rams look to grab bye against Bears | Associated Press

It would be nice to clinch the first round bye on Sunday night. It would be even nicer if the Saints lost again. These next four weeks are all about positioning and peaking at the right time — make no mistake, Sunday is a big game for LA.

Los Angeles Rams must rely heavily on Todd Gurley against Bears | FanSided

Must we now, FanSided? Hard to say. Seems to me a fellow named Tom Brady carved this defense up a little while back. Play-action will of course be a big key to keeping Khalil Mack and Co. off balance.

Jared Goff has notable discrepancy in home/road splits in 2018 | 247 Sports

Most QBs do have home/road discrepancies. I’m not sure if this is a non-story or if Goff’s numbers are markedly worse on the road than other NFL QBs. Seems like 11-1 is pretty good, though.

Chicago Bears: How Cooper Kupp injury has affected Rams offense | Bear Goggles On

I have to come clean: I pretty much only posted this link because of the terrible name of this blog. Or awesome name, depending on what side of the bar I wake up on. I’m not sure how much merit there is to the argument about the Rams sans Kupp, but it’s worth a click.

Fans weigh in on key for a Bears win Sunday | Bears Official

Ok, this is hilarious. Reminds me of the old SNL skits with Chris Farley as Ditka. Yes, I did just cough up a bratwurst on my keyboard.

Rams vs. Bears: 5 key matchups to watch in Week 14 | RamsWire

Cam DaSilva’s 5 keys for the big game.

Aqib Talib won’t be on a snap count vs. Chicago on Sunday | RamsWire

We saw flashes of “Lock Angeles” in the first few games of the season, and perhaps a glimpse or two this last Sunday in Detroit. Clearly, veteran CB Aqib Talib’s presence may be the key to fielding a Super Bowl defense. It’ll be good to have him for 4 quarters on Sunday night.