Two teams struggling to find any kind of consistency highlight the Sunday Night Football slot for Week 11 in the NFL. The Chicago Bears were finally able to put one in the win column last week against the Matt Stafford-less Lions after losing four consecutive games, while the Rams had an uninspiring showing coming off of a bye week, losing to the Steelers on the road.
Both teams sit in the middle of the pack of their respective divisions as both try to recapture the magic they had last season. Both teams have already lost more games than they did all of the 2018 season.
Lost Signal Caller
The Bears are currently dealing with a quarterback that is seemingly regressing after showing a massive step forward in production last season. Mitch Trubisky is throwing fewer touchdowns this season and for far fewer yards. In fact, Trubisky is throwing for fewer yards per game this season than he did as a rookie. Some of his regression could land on the shoulders of his offensive line, which has been porous, but at the end of the day, he just needs to play better.
It may be a difficult task this weekend as both Trey Burton and David Montgomery are dinged up. Burton has not been participating in practice, while Montgomery was limited on Wednesday after rolling his ankle in practice. At this point, any loss of weapons for the Bears is a disaster.
The Rams may very well be the biggest enigma of the 2019 season. Despite all of the talent money can buy, they just can’t seem to string together consecutive quality efforts. Falling last week against a Steelers team led by Mason Rudolph is only the most recent example of teams seemingly figuring out head coach Sean McVay’s “magic.”
With all of that said, the Rams have arguably the best collection of talent in the NFL, and, with the addition of Jalen Ramsey over the past three games, the defense has been stout. Since Ramsey’s arrival, the Rams are surrendering just 12.3 points and 238 passing yards per game. Prior to his arrival, they were giving up 25.6 points per game.
Bears Keep It Close
Despite the amount of talent that the Rams have, Jared Goff has become a bit of a liability at the quarterback position. In nine games this season, he has nine interceptions and nine fumbles, and when he is getting the ball out, he is only connecting with receivers at a 60 percent rate. His yards per attempt, rating and QBR are all the lowest since his rookie season.
Despite Goff’s shortcomings this season, there is no reason to believe that he still won’t outplay Trubisky, especially at home. However, with Roquan Smith and Khalil Mack lurking, the Bears should be able to keep it close.