Bear weather was in full effect on Sunday night as the Chicago Bears took down the Los Angeles Rams 15-6 in a game that was dominated by defense.
We have now seen two of the league’s best offenses shut down by a great defense with a great gameplan. In Week 13, it was the Cowboys beating the Saints 13-10.
Chicago’s pass rush was relentless all night long. Rams quarterback, Jared Goff, had his worst game of the season going 20 of 44 for 180 yards, no touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a QBR of 6.2. He had defenders in his face on a lot of his dropbacks but he was as accurate as when he had a clean pocket to throw in. The Rams rushing attack was also stalled as Todd Gurley rushed it 11 times for only 28 yards.
The Bears secondary was also phenomenal with Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson, Roquan Smith, and Prince Amukamara all picked of Goff. Fuller leads the NFL in interceptions with 7 and Jackson is just behind him with 5.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was not sharp in his return. He had been sidelined for the past several weeks due to an injury on his throwing shoulder. Trubisky was 16 of 30 for 110 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions while posting a 31.9 QBR. His average YPA was a measly 3.7. He was inaccurate for most of the night but he was still able to lead the Bears to their ninth win of the season. Unlike Goff, Trubisky had some help in the running game. Jordan Howard rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries and Tarik Cohen picked up 69 yards on 9 carries. The lone touchdown came from the big fella, Bradley Sowell, on a 2-yard delayed flat route. Mind you, Sowell is a tackle and the name of the play was called “Santa’s Sleigh”.
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The Bears pulled off the win by owning the time of possession (36:49 to 23:11) and executing a terrific defensive game plan from Vic Fangio. Although the explosive offense was all the rage this season, you can still win games in this league with a dominant performance from your defense.
Next week, the Bears will host the division rival, Packers, and the Rams will look to get back on track against the Eagles.
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