The Chicago Bears will be making their way to the West Coast to play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11. While they are underdogs to win the game, the Bears will need a big-time performance from David Montgomery on Sunday night.
Heading into Week 11, Chicago boasts a 4-5 record and is coming off of a win over the Detroit Lions in Week 10. However, the victory over the Lions came with Matthew Stafford being on the sideline due to an injury.
In the game, Montgomery rushed for 60 yards on 17 rushing attempts. When the Bears selected Montgomery with the 73rd overall pick in this year’s draft, they were hoping to get a workhorse back for the future.
Last year, Matt Nagy’s presence was definitely felt in his first season as Chicago’s head coach. The Bears, led by Mitchell Trubisky, went 12-4 and owned the ninth-best scoring offense in the NFL.
Fast forward to this season and the offense of the Bears has taken a step in the wrong direction. Above all, Trubisky has had a noticeable decline in his third year in the NFL and the offense has suffered because of it.
After averaging 26.3 points per game in 2018, Nagy’s offense has now managed to post 18 points per game thus far in 2019 (27th in the NFL). Due to the evident struggles of the offense, Chicago has finally begun to lean on their rookie rusher in recent weeks.
With a larger workload, Montgomery has been showcasing his potential in the offense. As a matter of fact, in the past three weeks, the Iowa product has rushed for 235 yards on 58 attempts and three touchdowns.
Ahead of Sunday’s game versus the Rams, the Bears are going to need more of the same from their first-year running back. Since Los Angeles acquired Jalen Ramsey before Week 7, their pass defense has drastically improved.
Furthermore, the Rams’ defense has given up an average of only 238 passing yards in their last three games. Provided that, the Bears may want to avoid putting the ball in Trubisky’s hands to try and win the game.
As a result, Chicago should make a concerted effort to get Montgomery heavily involved. When you have a dominant force like Aaron Donald, wearing him out by running it can somewhat lessen his production.
Regardless of the outcome of this contest, it will likely be a low-scoring affair with both offenses struggling. Therefore, the team that can control the clock with the running game could be rewarded with a win. With that being said, David Montgomery will need to be effective for Chicago to win.