Bears vs. Rams Predictions, Odds, Picks

Sept. 12, 2021
Michael Crosson
VI Betting Expert

Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Predictions

Score Prediction - Rams 31 Bears 16

After declining to officially name a starting QB for quite some time, the Bears will begrudgingly head to Los Angeles for their Week 1 Sunday Night Football matchup against the Rams, as Andy Dalton will make his first career start for Chicago – against L. A.’s Matthew Stafford, who will also be making his debut under-center with a new squad.

Despite signing a veteran signal-caller in Dalton during the offseason, the Bears still traded up to select former Ohio State quarterback, Justin Fields, with the 11th pick in last April’s NFL draft – which inevitably, stirred up a little bit of QB controversy in the weeks leading up to the regular season. On the other hand, Los Angeles settled its QB situation in a far more exciting way this past offseason – as the Rams elected to swap out Pro-Bowl quarterback, Jared Goff, in exchange for another Pro-Bowl QB from the Lions (Stafford).

I’ll lay the points with the Rams here, as L. A.’s transition from Goff to Stafford under-center strikes me as an enormous upgrade for Sean McVay’s already dynamic offensive unit – while I also believe it’s just a matter of time before Dalton coughs up the starting quarterback job to Fields in Chicago.

Chicago has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six games when facing the NFC. (AP)

Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Best Bets

  • L.A. Rams -7.5

Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Game Odds

  • Chicago +280
  • L.A. Rams -350
  • Chicago (+7.5) -115
  • L.A. Rams (-7.5) -105
  • Over 47.5 -110
  • Under 47.5 -110

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Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Resources

  • Venue: SoFi Stadium
  • Location: Inglewood, California
  • TV-Time: NBC - 8:20 p.m. ET
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Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Analysis

After going 4-5 record in relief of Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott last year (64.9 % CMP, 53.8 QBR), Dalton elected to sign a one-year, 10-million-dollar deal with the Bears this past offseason, and it appears Chicago will actually send him out there Week 1 to “see what they are working with” – as opposed to tossing its first-round rookie straight into the flames to kick things off.

Even if Dalton struggles for the Bears this Sunday, it will still be tough to fault the 33-year-old veteran entirely – considering he’s walking into a brand-new offensive scheme in Chicago, and attempting to take down an elite Rams’ defensive unit in Week 1 (19.3 PPG, 53 SKS).

On the other hand, after spending the first 12 years of his career in Detroit, Stafford will finally be given the spotlight in Los Angeles – as he somehow escaped the clutches of Dan Campbell’s wretched Lions squad this past offseason, and ended up landing with an offensive dynamo in McVay and the Rams.

At times, I believe the majority is a little too critical of Chicago, considering the Bears have defied odds to make the playoffs in two of the last three seasons and possess a rookie QB on the sidelines that gleams with potential.

Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Trends

  • Chicago has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six games when facing the NFC.
  • Los Angeles has won six straight home opening games.
  • Chicago has gone UNDER the point total in eight straight games when facing the NFC West.

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