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Bears vs. Rams Predictions, Odds, Picks

Sept. 12, 2021
Michael Crosson
VI Betting Expert
VegasInsider.com

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 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

Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change

Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Resources

  • Venue: SoFi Stadium
  • Location: Inglewood, California
  • TV-Time: NBC - 8:20 p.m. ET

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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