Week 14’s edition of Sunday Night Football features a matchup of divisional leaders as the Los Angeles Rams take on the Chicago Bears in “The Windy City.” The Rams are #1 in the NFC and look to keep their hold on home field throughout the playoffs. The Bears are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss and keep the lead in the NFC South division. Kickoff inside Solider Field is at 8:20 PM ET.
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Sunday night’s game between these two teams will be the 93rd time they have played against each other. The Bears hold the advantage with a 53-36-3 record. Chicago has won 5 of the last 6 games between these two teams and won their last encounter, which was in 2015. The Bears are 30-14-2 all-time against the Rams at home and have won 6 of the last 8 games at Soldier Field.
The Rams (11-1) have won three straight games after suffering their only loss of the season to the Saints, four weeks ago. Los Angeles pulled away late in the game against Detroit last Sunday to win 30-16. Los Angeles is trying to keep a one game lead over the Saints for the #1 spot in the conference. Can the Rams get a big road victory on Sunday?
The Bears (8-4) surprisingly lost to the Giants in OT last Sunday by the score of 30-27. Chicago was playing without their QB Trubisky, but the defense failed to play up to their potential. As of now, Trubisky’s status remains unclear. If he can’t play, Chicago will be in big trouble against the high scoring Rams.
The spread opened with Los Angeles favored by 4 to 4.5 points depending on which online betting site you look at. Currently, most sportsbooks have the Rams favored by 3 points. The Over/Under opened between 52.5 and 53.5 total points depending on the internet sports book you are placing NFL bets at. Currently, the O/U is set at 52 total points.
Free NFL Sports Bet and SNF Game Prediction: Rams -165
This game will be affected by Trubisky’s health. If he plays, then the Bears have a much better chance at winning. If he doesn’t play, then the Bears might become a bigger underdog. I think this spread is pending the status of Trubisky and will move once we find out. With that said, I like the Rams moneyline in this game.
Los Angeles is 11-1 SU this year, 8-1 SU in their last 9 road games, 21-7 SU as a favorite, 9-1 SU when the total is 49.5 points or higher, 7-1 SU against the NFC, and 7-1 SU after 2 or more wins in a row. Chicago is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games during December, 1-5 SU when playing teams with winning records in the second half of the season, 2-6 ATS in the last 4 weeks of the regular season, 5-13 SU against teams within a winning record, 7-21 SU as an underdog.
I have no confidence in the Over/Under considering we aren’t sure if Trubisky is playing. Furthermore, the Under is 4-2 in the Rams last 6 road games, but the Over is 4-1 for the Bears at home.
Chicago has been great against the run on defense only allowing 85.8 rushing ypg. So, they will be focused on trying to stop Rams RB Todd Gurley this weekend. But, there is room for LA to get some yards on the ground despite Chicago’s season long success as the Bears allowed Giants RB Saquon Barkley to rush for 126 yards last weekend. Gurley has 1,175 yards and 15 rushing TDs on the season.
Chicago’s defense also gives up 251.7 passing yards per game, which bodes well for the Rams who average 313.8 passing ypg. Goff had a mediocre performance last weekend against Detroit, so I expect him to bounce back this weekend. For the season, Goff has 3,754 passing yards, 27 TDs, and 7 INTs.
For the Bears, the Rams defense has been atrocious for most of the season allowing 24.8 ppg, 390.3 total ypg, and 271.8 passing ypg. Last weekend they did hold the Lions to 310 total yards. Aquib Talib returned from a season long injury. If he can get back to full health, the Rams will be even better on defense and morph into the clear-cut favorite to win the Super Bowl.
Without Trubisky, I just don’t see the Bears being able to win against the Rams. Chase Daniel is good, but not good enough to beat the Rams. With Trubisky, the Bears could hang, but how healthy would Mitch really be?
The smart play here is the Rams moneyline. I believe that if Trubisky plays, the spread might come down slightly, but if he doesn’t play then the spread will go up. If that’s the case then getting this moneyline at -165 provides value. I’m going with the Rams to defeat the Bears 33 to 27.
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