The Los Angeles Rams (5-4) host the Chicago Bears (4-5) on Sunday Night Football in Week 11. Things obviously aren’t where the Rams hoped they’d be, both from a win/loss or health standpoint and defeat this weekend likely spells doom for any postseason aspirations.
Will the Rams’ “next man up” efforts be good enough on Sunday to stay above .500 and keep playoff hopes alive? The Turf Show Times’ staff make their predictions...
I’m on injured reserve this week. In the hospital next to me are four of the five starting o-lineman. They have convinced me that despite the fact they’re not playing all will be well in Rams world. It goes something like this: “Goff is an elite QB. Gurley’s knee is just fine. McVay is making all the right play calls. Don’t worry about lack of draft picks and no salary cap.” I don’t know what drugs the doctors prescribed my new roommates, but it’s got me believing that even this team can beat Trubisky.
Prediction: Rams win, 16-13
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
Hope for the Rams has been lost for the season. The offensive line is in shambles. No amount of crazy glue, stitches (or whatever adhesive you choose to use) can put a working o-line together. Expect Khalil Mack’s sack total to rise. Goff will not be able to put anything together. Heck, we’d be lucky if he makes it through with only one turnover. It’d be another wasted defensive effort. Rams take the L
Prediction: Bears win, 20-13
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
Seems like a defensive battle that purists will love! That’s a nice way of saying that these offenses will probably have viewers cringing and spacing out on their phones. The Rams line is completely gutted at this point and it’s hard to see them getting revenge for last season’s loss under these conditions. Funny if they win they’d be 7-5, but hard to expect that or a touchdown this week.
Prediction: Blackhawks 3, Kings 2
Kristian Ramirez (@KristianRamirez)
I’ve lost all faith. These aren’t the same Bears, but we aren’t the same Rams. Mack is going to wreck shop against our o-line. I don’t think we pull this off.
Prediction: Bears win, 17-9
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams host the Bears after a questionable performance in Pittsburgh. With the Rams struggling on offense, the defense has quietly stepped up. However, the Bears are stingy on defense, presenting another challenge for Los Angeles a week after the strong Steeler defense. The Rams OL is decimated and Khalil Mack is likely salivating. In the end, my heart is telling me the Rams will find a way, despite having to likely start two of Corbett, Shelton, and/or Evans. Rams win in a close one.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-27
Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)
Man, I can’t believe this Rams-Bears game is going to be a prime time matchup. Both offenses are in an early hibernation, but something has to give, right? Probably not.
Prediction: Rams win, 9-6
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Rams defense had an outstanding game against the Steelers, but the offense shat the bed. The Bears are built in a similar fashion, so it’s tough to see the Rams scoring much - especially with an OL in turmoil.At the end of the day, I think the Rams find a way to stay in the playoff picture.
Prediction: Rams win, 19-17
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
I’m not even sure why I believe anymore. This game is going to be an ugly one, maybe nearly as bad as the last time these two teams met in 2018. I expect a defensive game that portrays a major offensive struggle for both sides. The Rams’ offensive line will stifle their ability to produce, and QB Mitch Trubisky will do it for the Bears.
Prediction: Rams win, 16-15
As much as I want to pick the Rams against Mitch Trubisky, and a bad Bears offense, I’ve seen what happens when the Rams OL faces a good defensive line this year. When the likes of Coleman Shelton, Austin Corbett, Jamil Demby, and Bobby Evans are in the mix to start at two positions on the OL, well...
Prediction: Bears win, 10-3
Prediction: Rams win, 24-17
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
Last season the Rams were 11-1 when they fell at home to the Bears, putting up a measly six points. At that point they had a juggernaut offense and one of (if not the) best offensive lines in the NFL. It’s a totally different story in 2019.
The Rams are in a very bad way with their offensive line and face a Bears front that figures to once again cause fits for Jared Goff. Even when things are going right, the Rams seem to inexplicably abandon them.
As woeful as these two teams have been on offense, this doesn’t figure to be the potential NFC Championship, best offense vs. best defense, type game we’d anticipated.
In our preseason predictions I picked the Bears to win this one. Sadly, the Rams have given me little reason to change my mind. Hoping this will serve as an anti-jinx, but if I’m using my head and not my heart, the struggles continue in a game where everyone is watching.
Prediction: Bears win, 16-13
Staff pick summary: 6 picks for the Rams, 5 picks for the Bears