Can the Chicago Bears win or at least cover on the road in Los Angeles for Monday Night Football? (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
- The Chicago Bears will visit the Los Angeles Rams for Monday Night Football in Week 7
- MNF Picks Record: 1-1 ATS; 2-2 O/U; -0.3 Units
- The game will take place at AT&T Stadium on Monday, October 26th at 8:15 pm ET
The Chicago Bears will visit the Los Angeles Rams for the Week 7 Monday Night Football. The game will take place at SoFi Stadium with the game kicking off at 8:15 pm ET. Both teams have played well so far and are currently in playoff position in the NFC. Which side has the upper hand going into this Monday showdown?
Bears vs Rams Odds
|Chicago Bears||+220||+6.0 (-110)||Over 44.5 (-115)|
|Los Angeles Rams||-270||-6.0 (-110)||Under 44.5 (-105)|
All odds as of October 25 at FanDuel
Even At 5-1, Bears Have Doubters
Every week, the same narrative continues to be replayed with the Bears: they’re the worst 3-1, 4-1 and now 5-1 team many experts have ever seen. Regardless, they continue to find ways to pick up wins and they’re not only beating the weaklings of the NFL.
While their first three wins came against teams who currently have a combined record of 4-14, their last two wins have come against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers, both of whom are decent NFC squads.
With the Packers’ loss, the Chicago Bears have taken 1st place in the NFC North with a record of 5-1. pic.twitter.com/Gvw59Ozfba
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 18, 2020
The Bears’ offense ranks 28th in the NFL in terms of yards-per-game and 27th in terms of points-per-game. If anything, it feels like there might be more upside to this team than downside. If they can sort out their offense and be a little more productive on that end, they might actually be a Super Bowl contender.
Rams Are A Question Mark
The Rams are 4-2 this season and while they’ve mostly been impressive, their loss at San Francisco last Sunday night was concerning. It was the type of game that allowed us to see how the Rams measure up against a decent team as all of their wins have come against losing outfits. Unfortunately, the Rams failed the test.
On the year, the Rams four wins have come against the four NFC East teams, who are a combined 6-19. Even San Francisco was just 2-3 going into last week’s game and the Rams came up short. What was concerning was the play of quarterback Jared Goff, who had mostly been on point this season.
Most passing TDs on throws 30+ yards downfield:
1. Russell Wilson – 5
T-2. Justin Herbert/ Jared Goff – 3 pic.twitter.com/pRIzjff1ap
— PFF (@PFF) October 21, 2020
Taking a look at Goff’s numbers last week, he was just 19-of-38 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. His QBR of 35.6 was worrisome because he looked like 2019 Jared Goff – the one who was inaccurate and never quite comfortable with the offense. In the first five games of the season, Goff looked like the 2018 version who led the team to the Super Bowl.
At this point, we’re left wondering if the Rams merely beat up on four bad teams to pick up their four wins and are merely in the 8-8 range of mediocre. This game will tell us a lot.
What’s The Best Bet?
The Rams are laying six here but that’s simply too many. Sure, the Bears are a team that labors on offense but their defense has been stellar. They are seventh in points per game allowed as well as yards. They’ve held opposing quarterbacks to a 73.5 passer rating – the second-best mark in the NFL – and that’s not a good sign for Goff.
BEARS DEFENSE APPRECIATION POST pic.twitter.com/N8cVBuL3sk
— Max Haid (@maxhaid10) October 18, 2020
Many people say the Bears aren’t as good as their 5-1 record indicates but the Rams are in the same category. Their four wins have come against the lowly NFC East squads, so there’s no way they should be laying nearly a touchdown here. Take the Bears to cover.
Prediction: Bears +6
For over 15 years, Dave has been working in mainstream media and sports betting. He hosted a station on Sirius Satellite Radio for four years, and is currently a senior writer for AskMen. He’s interviewed hundreds of hundreds of high-profile sports stars like Shaquille O’Neal and Floyd Mayweather.