Los Angeles Rams (5-2) showed massive mental strength, bouncing back from a nasty loss by beating the Chicago Bears (5-2) on Monday Night Football, 24-10. The Rams showed their best game this year against one of the contenders for winning their NFC Conference.
Bears’ defense, arguably the best one in the NFL, couldn’t stop the Rams, who, on the other side, showed magnificently effort in both offense and defense. However, Jared Goff himself, admits that the Rams’ defensive unit delivered the win tonight.
“It’s huge. It’s momentum. And we talk about it all the time, it’s points off turnovers, points off turnovers … and those are huge,” LA’s QB said.
The Rams were up 10-3, when Malcolm Brown carried the ball into the end zone following a one-yard run. The Bears quickly began going down the field searching for a response, and when it seemed that they might provide one, Taylor Rapp picked Nick Foles’ pass inside the end zone.
Not only did he stop the Bears’ surge, but he also set a foundation for the Rams’ next hit, which came immediately. On the same possession, the home team delivered another touchdown, going up to 24-3. Goff would send a 12-yard pass to Gerald Evered, who caught it in the end zone, and pretty much the game was already solved then, even though it was the late part of the third period.
Goff ended the night with 219 passing yards, two touchdown passes, without interceptions or fumbles. Dan Henderson rushed for 64 yards, and Malcolm Brown 57 and a score.
Josh Reynolds also had one touchdown, and he generated 52 receiving yards, five more than Johnny Mundt.
As we said, the defense was in the middle of the attention, especially Leonard Floyd with two sacks, and Aaron Donald, who was constantly pressuring the Bears’ offensive line, making all sorts of problems for Nick Foles.
“Great job by our team to get the win tonight,” said Sean McVay, “I thought our defense was outstanding from start to finish,” added the Rams’ head coach.
Johnny Hekker’s performance also needs to be highlighted, with the Rams’ punter returning the ball to Chicago five times, all five within their 20 yards.
Nick Foles has thrown 0 TDs in 3 of his last 8 games
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On the other side, Nick Foles had another pale night with two interceptions and without a single touchdown pass. He was 28-of-40 for 261 yards, but was also sacked four times for 31 negative yards, enduring all sorts of pressure from various sides.
“It just wasn’t our night,” Matt Nagy said. “We have to figure out how each and every one of us are going to step our game up to be better.”
David Montgomery had 14 runs for just 48 yards, with the longest one 11 yards. The entire offensive line with their two most lethal weapons looked without a plan on how to outsmart the home team.
The defense did a solid job, making stops all over the field. They would even score the only Bears’ TD in this match, once Eddie Jackson returned the fumble in the fourth, to set the final result, 24-10.
Chicago’s mindset will be tested a lot over the next two weeks. At first, they meet the New Orleans Saints, one of the main Super Bowl contenders, and after that, the Bears travel to Nashville, to play against the AFC runners-up from last year, the Tennessee Titans.
The Rams have to visit Miami Dolphins before clashing with the divisional rival, the Seattle Seahawks at home.
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