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Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview

Two of the most pleasant surprises of the 2020 NFL season battle at SoFi Stadium in the Week 7 Monday nighter as the Chicago Bears visit the Los Angeles Rams. The Bears (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) have been the kings of close games, with all five of their wins coming by seven or fewer points. The Rams (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS) will be looking to rebound after falling 24-16 to San Francisco.

Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Rams
  • Date/Time: October 26, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: SoFi Stadium
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Rams -7 | O/U 47 (Line History)
  • Bears vs Rams Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Rams opened as one-touchdown favorites but the line has since dipped to -5.5 at the majority of sportsbooks. The opening total of 47 has also moved, dropping by a point in most spots.

Chicago News & Notes

The Bears might be the luckiest division leader in football through six weeks, leading the Green Bay Packers by a half-game in the NFC North despite sporting a pedestrian plus-12 point differential over that stretch. Offensive struggles are at the heart of the Bears’ rest-of-season concerns, especially where the run game is concerned – they rank 28th at 90.0 yards per game).

The passing attack has also stumbled at times but has been buoyed by the consistency of No. 1 wide receiver Allen Robinson. He enters Week 7 having seen a league-high 66 targets, turning them into 40 catches (fourth in the NFL) for 474 yards (10th) and two touchdowns. Consider Robinson a strong high-floor cash game play even in a tough matchup against the Rams.

Los Angeles News & Notes

The Rams took a step back in the competitive NFC West race with last week’s setback to the 49ers, a loss in which Los Angeles finished with fewer than 200 passing yards and went 4-for-12 on third down. Expect the Rams to bounce back in that regard, as they still rank ninth in the league with a 46.8 percent success rate for the season despite their Week 6 clunker.

As for the first stat, the Rams will need more from quarterback Jared Goff to get back in the win column. That could prove challenging against a Chicago pass defense that ranks 10th in fewest yards allowed (224.2). Goff and top wideouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are risky DFS plays this week, though Woods might make for a good contrarian GPP option.

Betting Pick: UNDER 46 (-110)

Both sides have offensive weaknesses the opposing defense can exploit; even with game scoring at an all-time high in 2020, this game has the makings of a defensive showdown.

Shark Bites
  • Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games after an ATS win.
  • LA is 15-5-1 ATS in its last 21 games vs the NFC.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in Chicago’s last 7 games vs LA.