It doesn’t feel as is the Chicago Bears’ 2019 defense is as strong this year because the team isn’t winning as many games as last year, but a lot of that isn’t the defense’s fault. On the season the Bears are giving only 17.4 points per game, good for fourth in football.
In Week 11, the Bears get a matchup on Sunday night football against the Los Angeles Rams. The defense is going to have their hands full against a Rams offense that at times this year has been elite, but, at other times, is quite the opposite. Let’s breakdown three bold predictions for how the defense will perform.
3. Hold Cooper Kupp to under five receptions
The Pittsburgh Steelers gave the Rams a perfect gameplan on how to take away Cooper Kupp. In turn, the Steelers won the game. The Bears should use a similar gameplan to keep Kupp from getting easy receptions. Against the Steelers, Kupp was held to zero catches, which might be hard to replicate for the Bears.
Even though they might not shut him out. Kupp shouldn’t catch more than five passes, and he won’t finish with more than 50 yards receiving.
2. Bears intercept Jared Goff three times
As good as the Bears defense has been this year, they haven’t had a ton of interceptions this year. Kyle Fuller has three of the team’s six interceptions. In this game, that total will rise to at least nine total.
Jared Goff, in 2019, has been up and down. In the games he has been bad, he has been terrible. On the season Goff has nine interceptions with two of those coming in the last week’s tilt with the Steelers.
Sunday’s matchup is going to be a game where Goff is terrible, and he is going to throw at least three interceptions. After this performance, there are going to be even more questions if Goff is the long term answer at quarterback.
1. Rams score less than 15 points
The Rams offense struggled against the Steelers, scoring only 12 points. In Sunday’s game, the Bears defense is going to hold them under 15 points.
Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense is moving the ball a little better, which is going to keep the Bears defense well-rested. The turnovers are also going to help keep the points off the board, and this Bears victory over the Rams is going to be the final nail in the coffin on the Rams’ playoff chances.