The 11-1 Los Angeles Rams will face off against the 8-4 Chicago Bears in the Windy City in week 14. The game — which has the potential to be one of the best all season — will be featured on Sunday Night Football.
The Bears look like they’ll have QB Mitchell Trubisky returning to the field, and the Rams continue to ride a hot streak after their bye week.
Let’s take a look at the matchups to watch:
ILB Cory Littleton/SS Marqui Christian vs RB Tarik Cohen
The Bears feature a two-headed monster at RB with Cohen and Jordan Howard, though the former is more likely to cause damage to the Rams as opposed to the latter. Howard is a powerful runner though his fit is questionable in Matt Nagy’s system as he’s only averaging 3.4 yards-per-carry. Cohen on the other hand is a major weapon as a pass catcher and downfield weapon. On the year, Cohen has a combined 974 yards and six touchdowns. The Rams most likely to guard him are Cory Littleton or Marqui Christian. Christian may draw the most coverage as the Rams like to sub him on in passing situations for ILB Mark Barron.
DT Aaron Donald vs OG’s James Daniels/Eric Kush
This week superman draws a rookie offensive guard in James Daniels and a former Ram who was a castoff in Eric Kush. Donald is 1.5 sacks away from tying the single-season defensive tackle sack record (18 sacks by Keith Millard). QB Mitch Trubisky is known to hold the ball long and extend plays with his feet, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Donald wreak havoc like he has all season.
WR’s Brandin Cooks/Robert Woods vs CB’s Prince Amukamara/Kyle Fuller
Cooks just managed to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in week 13, and Woods is knocking on the door with 971 yards. The duo has established a strong rapport and a knack for creating massive plays. This week they’ll fetch a solid duo at cornerback in Amukamara and Fuller. Amukamara currently has two interceptions, and Fuller’s registered six. This matchup is going to be a key in deciding the game.
LT Andrew Whitworth vs OLB Khalil Mack
Khalil Mack moves across the formation so both Whitworth and RT Rob Havenstein will get their hands on him, but boy do they ever have their hands full. Mack is as dominant as an OLB as there is in the league. He currently has nine sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception, and a touchdown. Whitworth and Havenstein need to do everything possible to not let Mack single-handily ruin the game.
QB Jared Goff vs FS Eddie Jackson
Jared Goff is likely to eclipse all of his statistics from last season in this game. Goff is the key to making everything work obviously, and he’s coming off arguably the worst game of his season against the Detroit Lions. This week he’ll need to outsmart one of the best safeties in the game in Eddie Jackson, who like Fuller, has six interceptions on the season. Jackson also has a sack, two forced fumbles, and two touchdowns.