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OPENING LINE — Rams by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Bears 4-2; Rams 3-3

SERIES RECORD — Bears lead 54-37-3

LAST MEETING — Rams beat Bears 17-7, Nov. 17, 2019 at Los Angeles

LAST WEEK — Bears beat Panthers 23-16; Rams lost to 49ers 24-16

AP PRO32 RANKING — Bears No. 8; Rams No. 11





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — The third straight season with a meeting between these big-city NFC clubs in a rivalry dating to 1937. ... Two elite NFL defenses are meeting, but the Rams' offense has soundly outproduced the Bears' group. ... Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley was the Bears' outside linebackers coach in 2017 and 2018 under coordinator Vic Fangio. ... The NFC North-leading Bears are off to their best start since the 2012 team won seven of its first eight games on the way to a 10-6 record. Chicago is also 5-0 against the NFC, and the Bears are 3-0 on the road for the first time since the 2006 Super Bowl season. ... The Bears’ five wins are by a combined 20 points. ... Chicago has 126 yards rushing over the past three games, compared to 414 the first three weeks. ... Nick Foles passed for 198 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score last week in his third start since replacing Mitchell Trubisky as the No. 1 QB. ... LB Khalil Mack had a sack last week, giving him three in the past two games and 4 1/2 in all. The three-time All-Pro has four sacks and three forced fumbles in four Monday night games. ... DT Akiem Hicks has four sacks in his past four Monday night games. ... LB Roquan Smith led the Bears with 12 tackles last week. ... CB Jaylon Johnson leads all rookies with nine pass breakups. ... Cairo Santos kicked a career-best 55-yard field goal last week, the longest for Chicago since Mike Nugent’s 55-yarder at Minnesota on Dec. 31, 2017. Santos, promoted from the practice squad when Eddy Pineiro (groin) was placed on injured reserve prior to the opener, has converted 10 of 12 field goals. ... The Rams look to remain unbeaten at SoFi Stadium in their third home game of the season. ... The Rams have beaten four teams with a combined 7-18-1 record while losing to two teams that made the playoffs last season. ... DT Aaron Donald plays his 101st game after posting the fourth-most sacks in NFL history through his first 100 (79 1-2). He has 7 1/2 sacks this season in the best six-game start of his career. Donald also has 3 1/2 sacks in three career meetings with the Bears. ... LB Leonard Floyd meets his old team for the first time. Floyd had 18 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Bears, but never became the game-breaking talent that Chicago hoped. ... The Rams are averaging 6.67 yards per play on first downs, second most in the league behind Minnesota. ... Los Angeles has scored a touchdown on four of its six opening drives, and the 27 total points on the opening drive is second only to Indianapolis this season. ... The Rams' running game has been sharp, averaging 135.2 yards per game. RB Darrell Henderson is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. ... Los Angeles' offensive line has allowed seven sacks, third fewest in the league. ... The Rams' defense ranks in the NFL's top six in total yards allowed (318.5 per game), net yards passing (209.5 per game), points allowed (19), sacks (20) and third-down percentage (35.6). ... Coach Sean McVay is 29-0 when leading at halftime. ... QB Jared Goff leads the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating (141.1). ... Fantasy tip: WR Cooper Kupp dropped a TD pass last week at San Francisco, but he remains the NFL's second-most productive slot receiver this season with 1,012 yards, trailing only Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd.


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