The 5-1 Chicago Bears will look to win their third straight game in Week 7 when they travel to SoFi Stadium to take on the 4-2 Los Angeles Rams.
The Bears are coming off a solid road in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers, while the Rams fell to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.
With the Bears-Rams game coming up, here are four bold predictions from a Chicago perspective.
1. Nick Foles throws three touchdowns
Since taking over for Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons, Nick Foles has gone 2-1 as a starter and thrown for 878 yards and six touchdowns. The former Super Bowl champion is completing 62.5 percent of his passes, but he’s thrown an interception in every game as well.
Foles, who played for the Rams in 2015 when they were still in St. Louis, is slowly but surely developing more chemistry with his playmakers on the Bears. With that being said, look for Foles to light it up against the Rams with three passing touchdowns.
After the Bears defeated the Panthers in Week 6, Foles was very animated and passionate in his postgame presser. He talked about how excited he was about the Bears’ offense since no player on that side of the ball was complacent and happy with how the team has played despite Chicago being 5-1 on the season.
As Foles and Bears head coach Matt Nagy get more comfortable with each other, this Chicago offense should take off soon and the Rams game is a perfect contest for that to happen.
2. Bears pick off Rams QB Jared Goff two times
Against the Panthers, the Bears intercepted Teddy Bridgewater two times and forced one fumble. Jared Goff is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he’s only thrown four picks on the season compared to 10 touchdown passes.
In Week 6 against the 49ers, though, Goff didn’t look quite like himself. While he threw two touchdowns, he was picked off once and only completed 50.0 percent of his passes.
The Bears have a better defense than the 49ers and are in a really good groove at the moment. The defensive line, led by Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn and Akiem Hicks, will get pressure on Goff and force the former No. 1 overall pick into some errant throws for Eddie Jackson, Tashaun Gipson and Kyle Fuller to pounce on.
During the 2018 season, Goff threw four interceptions against the Bears in Chicago. Last season, he threw one pick and failed to score a touchdown, so history has shown that the Bears’ defense has Goff’s number.
3. Allen Robinson catches at least one touchdown pass
Another week in Chicago has passed and Bears star wideout Allen Robinson still doesn’t have a contract extension despite putting up great numbers to begin the season. The 27-year-old has 40 receptions on the season for 474 yards and two touchdowns.
The chemistry between Foles and Robinson had gotten better since Foles entered the lineup in Week 3. Robinson is undoubtedly the best wideout on the Bears, so Foles is always looking his way even if Nagy calls a play that isn’t meant for A-Rob.
In the Rams game, look for Robinson to catch at least one touchdown pass from Foles. He hasn’t gotten in the end zone since Week 4 versus the Indianapolis Colts, so Robinson will be highly motivated to score against the Rams, especially since the game is on Monday Night Football on ESPN.
4. Bears defeat Rams to improve to 6-1
The Rams have a really good offense and defense, so this is going to be a tough test for the Bears on the road.
However, look for Chicago to win this game since they are in a positive rhythm at the moment and the Bears’ defense is hungry after yet another pick-six was taken away from them in Week 6 due to a penalty.
While the Bears will likely start this game off slow since that has been the trend so far this season, Nagy’s group usually finds a way to make the necessary adjustments at halftime to win the game in the second half.
With that being said, the Bears can’t take their foot off the gas pedal and have to send a message to the entire NFL that they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. A lot of pundits have been calling Chicago the worst 5-1 team in the league and you can bet the players and coaches have heard that narrative.