An NFC North team and an NFC West team will face off on Sunday night in preseason as the Chicago Bears travel to SoFi Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Rams. This game will be taking place at 8:20 P.M. EST and it will be the first game of the season for both teams.
Bears Look To Get Back To The PlayoffsThe Chicago Bears enter the season with the hopes of returning to the NFL Playoffs for the second-straight season. In 2020, the Bears made the playoffs despite finishing the regular season with an 8-8 record before being eliminated by the Saints on the road. Now, Chicago will be looking to get back to the postseason with the addition of an extra playoff spot in the NFC. Now, Chicago will be looking to get off to a hot start with a road game up next. However, the Bears have lost each of the last two meetings against the Rams by at least ten points as they have struggled against this particular opponent recently.
Chicago's offense will be led by quarterback Andy Dalton who looked okay last season as he recorded 2,169 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes. However, he was in Dallas last season so one has to wonder just how sharp he is going to look in a new offensive system.
Leading up to this game, Chicago head coach Matt Nagy discussed the importance of red zone execution.
"Our guys have got to be on point. It’s our job to make sure that we’re effective and productive and efficient within the game, however that is, and then take advantage when we’re in the red zone. We’ve got to be better in the red zone than we have in years past."
Rams Look For Victory At HomeThe Los Angeles Rams enter this season with the expectations of reaching their first Super Bowl since 2018. Last season, Los Angeles finished the regular season with a 10-6 record before losing to Green Bay on the road by 14 points in the NFC Divisional Round. Now, Los Angeles will be looking to start the season on a high note with a home game in Week 1. Luckily, the Rams won six of their eight home games last season as they looked extremely sharp at SoFi Stadium. If Los Angeles plans on getting the victory on Sunday night, then expect the home fans to give this team a spark.
Los Angeles' offense will be led by quarterback Matthew Stafford who looked solid last season with Detroit as he recorded 4,084 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes. However, he will now be making his franchise debut with the Rams so one has to wonder if he will look a bit nervous in front of the home crowd.
Leading up to this game, Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay discussed how focused his team is for Sunday night.
"Every single year is a new year. What we’re focused on is getting ready to really start our Chicago preparation and when you give yourself a chance to be relevant in those conversations, only if you take care of your business proceeding that."
- Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 1.
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