The Chicago Bears (4-5) look to get back on track when they face the Los Angeles Rams (5-4) on Sunday Night Football. The prime-time matchup features two teams who haven’t quite lived up to last season’s records.
The Bears had a 12-4 record last season and finished first in the NFC North division before exiting the playoffs early in the wild card round in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Rams, meanwhile, finished last season with a 13-3 record and were first in the NFC West Division before going to the Super Bowl. They ultimately lost to the New England Patriots.
Contrast that to this season, in which both the Bears and Rams sit at third place in their respective divisions.
The Bears did end a four-game losing streak last week in a 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions. A win against the Rams would get them back to a .500 record.
Former Bears offensive lineman and WTTW News football analyst James “Big Cat” Williams gives us three key takes on what the Bears need to do to beat the Rams.
Big Cat Take #1:
Defensively the Bears need to take advantage of a Rams offensive line that is going to have three offensive linemen starting that did not start in their last game.
Big Cat Take #2:
Starting fast could be a good confidence builder for an offense that has scored one touchdown on an opening drive of the game this season. Coach Nagy needs to call plays that allow the offense to play fast without a lot of thought.
Big Cat Take #3:
It is going to be important for the Bears to figure out the pass protection. This is a combination of everyone taking care of their responsibility: the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and the quarterback. Everyone is responsible.