Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Rams Prediction, 9/12/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 1
Game: Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Rams
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Rams (-7)
The Chicago Bears (8-8-0 last year) are on their way to SoFi Stadium on Sunday where they will try to defeat the Los Angeles Rams (10-6-0 last season). Chicago opens as 7-point dogs. The total comes in at 45.
The Chicago Bears ended the season holding a 8-8-0 record. In their last game, the Bears played against the Saints and ended up losing by a score of 21-9. David Montgomery was the leader on the ground for the Bears with 12 carries for 31 yards (2.6 yards per carry). Allen Robinson had an average of 9.2 yards per catch by totaling 55 yds on 6 catches. Mitchell Trubisky went 19/29 with 199 yards passing and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 96.8 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. On the ground, the Bears conceded 123 yards on 35 tries, which is an average of 3.5 yards per run allowed. Chicago allowed 28 pass completions on 39 tries for 262 yds, and a completion percentage of 71.8%. On the day, they ran 49 plays which gave them 239 yards. The Chicago Bears rushed the ball a total of 19 times and amassed 48 yards, which earned them an average of 2.5 yards per tote.
When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Chicago Bears averaged 23.3 points per outing. As a team they had an average of 102.9 yards in the run game, which had them sitting 25th in the NFL. The Bears earned 5,302 total yards over the course of last season. Chicago earned 26 passing touchdowns and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Chicago had 218 1st downs as a unit, and they were called for 88 penalties for 777 yards. They surrendered the ball 22 times (16 interceptions and 6 fumbles lost).
When talking about yards via the pass, the Bears gave up 3,705 yards which had them sitting in 12th in the league. In their 16 games played last year, they gave up 231.6 yards per contest via the pass in addition to relinquishing a completion percentage of 64.0%. They gave up 344.9 yards per contest which put them 11th in football. They allowed 28 passing touchdowns as well as 11 touchdowns via the ground game. The opposition ran for an average of 4.1 yards per running attempt and 113.4 rushing yards per game last season. Overall, they gave up 1,814 yards via the running game in 16 outings. The Bears sat in 14th in the NFL concerning the opposition scoring, conceding 23.1 points per game.
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The Rams wrapped up their year with a 10-6-0 record. The last time they took the field, the Rams took a loss by a final score of 32-18 against the Packers. Jared Goff (1 touchdown) finished the game with 174 yards on 21/27 through the air while his QB rating was 105.9. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his longest completion was 28 yards. Cam Akers carried the ball 18 times for 90 yds, ending the game with 5.0 yards per attempt for Los Angeles. Robert Woods had the best day in terms of receiving for the Rams, grabbing 8 passes for 48 yds (6.0 yards per reception). Los Angeles ran the ball for 5.1 yds per attempt, finishing with 96 yards on 19 carries. The Rams finished the contest with a total of 244 yds and they ran 50 plays (4.9 yds per play). The Rams pass defense gave up a completion rate of 63.9%, surrendering 296 yds on 23 out of 36 passing. Los Angeles allowed 36 rushing attempts for 188 yds (5.2 yards per rush).
The Los Angeles Rams averaged 377.0 yards per contest which ranked them 11th out of all teams in the NFL. They tossed 14 interceptions while surrendering 11 fumbles and they tallied 206 1st downs. They averaged 126.1 run yards per game and ran for 2,018 yards in total. The Los Angeles offense accrued 655 yards of penalties on 71 violations, which ranked 31st in football in terms of helping out the opposition. Last year, the Rams compiled 4,014 yards through the air as well as an average of 250.9 throwing yards per outing, which had them ranked 13th out of all NFL teams. When it comes to the points being put on the board, the Rams ranked 22nd in the NFL scoring 23.3 PPG.
The Rams allowed 18.5 PPG, ranking them 1st in the league. Last year, they gave up 296 points in total. Los Angeles conceded a total of 1,460 yards rushing (91.3 yards/game) and 12 touchdowns by ground last season. They surrendered 17 touchdowns via the pass and 190.7 yards/contest, which had them ranked 1st out of all teams. The Rams defense took the field for 989 plays, which ranked them 3rd in football. Their defense had 22 takeaways (8 fumbles recovered and 14 picks) for the previous season.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Rams NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chicago +7
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