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Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Preview and Predictions 11-17-2019

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The Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears entertained aspirations of defending their respective division titles at the beginning of the season, but inconsistent offensive play has kept both clubs from ascending in the standings. The Rams and Bears hope to get healthier at the other's expense on Sunday night when they meet at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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The Rams' once-high octane offense has gone missing since prior to last season's Super Bowl appearance, with quarterback Jared Goff taking large steps backward behind an offensive line that has been ravaged by injury. "We're in a place where we're still good. We've got some time to make up some ground," reasoned Goff, who tossed two interceptions and guided the team to three points in Sunday's 17-12 setback to Pittsburgh. Much-maligned Mitchell Trubisky silenced the criticism blowing freely in the Windy City with three touchdown passes on Sunday as the Bears snapped a four-game skid with a 20-13 victory over Detroit. "Making those touchdown throws gives you confidence," the former second overall pick said. "It's a signal to your teammates that you can do the job. That's what I expect out of myself."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Rams -6.5 O/U: 40

ABOUT THE BEARS (4-5): Rookie David Montgomery appeared to have found his stride by rolling up 235 yards and three touchdowns over his last three games after totaling 231 and two in his previous six, but an ankle injury in practice is raising doubts about his availability. "We wanted to keep him out," Chicago coach Matt Nagy said. "And we'll just keep an eye on him for here (Thursday) with how things go." The Bears released Mike Davis last week, leaving the club with versatile Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall as the lone active backs should Montgomery be unable to play. Chicago could be missing a key component on the other side of the ball, as linebacker Danny Trevathan (team-leading 70 tackles) is nursing an ailing elbow that ultimately could land him on injured reserve.

ABOUT THE RAMS (5-4): The curious case of Cooper Kupp reared its ugly head on Sunday, as the elusive wideout was held without a catch against the Steelers after erupting for seven receptions for a career-high 220 yards and a touchdown in Los Angeles' 24-10 win over Cincinnati on Oct. 27. Part of the issue for Kupp's fruitless performance was a battered offensive line that was unable to protect Goff, who was sacked four times and under duress throughout the contest. Todd Gurley averaged a robust 6.08 yards per carry versus Pittsburgh before being held without one throughout the fourth quarter. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has just 23 rushes for 100 yards in the fourth quarter this season, with 10 carries and 18 yards coming over his last seven games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Chicago's Allen Robinson has 53 receptions for 618 yards, with those totals eclipsing the sum of all other wide receivers on the team (Taylor Gabriel, 21-277; Anthony Miller, 17-218; Javon Wims, 6-70; and Cordarrelle Patterson, 8-39).

2. Los Angeles' Gerald Everett (wrist), who recorded a career-high eight receptions last week, and fellow TE Tyler Higbee (knee) are expected to play, McVay said Thursday.

3. The Bears have won six of their last seven meetings against the Rams, including a 15-6 victory in Chicago on Dec. 9, 2018.

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Rams

  • Cam Akers

    Ribs
    day-to-day | questionable

    Akers sat out the last game with separated rib cartilage, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Giants in Week 4.

  • Joe Noteboom

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Noteboom has been added to the injured reserve list with Grade 2 calf strain, and there is no indication when he will be activated.

  • Jordan Fuller

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Fuller exited the last game with a shoulder injury, and his status for Week 4 against the Giants is clouded.

  • Darious Williams

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams has ankle tendinitis but is likely to take the field Sunday versus the Bills.

  • Andrew Whitworth

    Calf
    Prob Sun | probable

    Whitworth exited the last game due to a calf injury, but it is likely that he will play Sunday against the Bills.

  • Malcolm Brown

    Finger
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured pinky finger, but he is expected to be available Sunday versus the Bills.

  • Gerald Everett

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Everett is managing a back injury but is expected to take the field against the Bills on Sunday.

  • Marqui Christian

    Suspension
    Elig Sun | out

    Christian has been handed a two-game suspension for an unspecified reason. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Sunday's battle versus the Falcons.

Chicago Bears

  • Sherrick McManis

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    McMais exited the previous game due to hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be available to face the Colts in Week 4.

  • Tarik Cohen

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Cohen has been moved to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • John Jenkins

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jenkins has hit the injured reserve list due to a torn ligament in his thumb, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Robert Quinn

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Quinn is expected to face the Falcons on Sunday despite an ankle injury.

  • Khalil Mack

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Mack is dealing with a knee injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.

  • Josh Woods

    Personal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Woods sat out the last game due to a personal matter. He is likely to rejoin the team Sunday against the Falcons.

  • Jason Spriggs

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Spriggs sat out the last game due to a knee injury, but he is projected to be in the lineup Sunday versus the Giants.

  • David Montgomery

    Neck
    day-to-day | questionable

    Montgomery departed Sunday's game due to a neck injury, and it is unknown if he will return.