The Chicago Bears (6-4) travel to St.Louis to face the St. Louis Rams (4-6) Sunday at noon at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams will be coming off a bye week, so they will be fresh and ready to go. The Bears need to match that intensity, especially after their slow start last week.
Family affair for Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams
A big storyline that has been talked about for a while now and will continue to be talked about throughout the game will be Bears’ offensive guard Kyle Long being on opposite sides of his brother, defensive end Chris Long. If it is big enough for FOX NFL analyst Howie Long to get his first day off from the network in 20 years, it obviously means a lot. Not only to the Long family, who will watch their pride and joys from a suite in the E.J. Dome, but to the fans as well. These two have worked extremely hard to get where they are today, and they have come a long way from their rookie years.
Ball security key for Bears’ victory
As with every game, the Bears must take care of the ball. This is their first game in a dome, so they have the benefit of no weather elements getting in their way. What they do have to worry about, however, is limiting the poor decisions when under duress and making the proper adjustments to ensure ball security; whether it be going to your next option or even throwing the ball away to avoid a stripped ball. Granted, the Rams’ pass and rush defense are both ranked in the top 20, but they recently held the Indianapolis Colts to just 18 yards on the ground.
Bears’ running back Matt Forte establish himself early and often against the hungry front four of the Rams- Chris Long, Kendall Langford, Michael Brockers and Robert Quinn. That unit has 25 sacks between them, so the offensive line of the Bears will need to do everything in their power to contain a unit that will be well-rested after having a 14-day break after the upset win against the Colts.
A big question the Bears have faced since Week 1 is if the defense will ever put together a polished product this year. They have a good chance to do so Sunday, as the Rams come in ranking 21st in passing yards and 25th in rushing yards. However, injuries still seem to plague the Bears as they come into this game with their fair share of them. Cornerback Charles Tillman is on IR with a triceps injury and linebacker Lance Briggs is still out with a pectoral injury, so they will once again have to rely on cornerback Zack Bowman and rookie linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene to put a polished product together. It will be up to them whether they can do it or not, as it comes down to knowing your assignments and not breaking from them.
The verdict is still out as to whether the offense will have to put the game on their shoulders once again, as they have done multiple times this year.
It should be a raucous crowd in the E.J. Dome Sunday, so the Bears need to come ready to play.