The Chicago Bears will try to start the season 6-1 for the first time since 2012 when they take on the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The Bears (5-1) have lived on the edge all season, winning three games by four points and one game by one. With a win on Monday, Chicago would match the franchise's best start through seven games since the 2012 team began the season 7-1 but finished the year 10-6 and missed the playoffs.
Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Los Angeles is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Rams vs. Bears odds from William Hill after the spread fell as low as six, while the over-under is 44.5. Before making any Bears vs. Rams picks, be sure to see the latest Monday Night Football predictions from SportsLine expert R.J. White.
White has been SportsLine's top pro football analyst for three-plus seasons. Over that span, the CBS Sports NFL editor and nationally-recognized NFL Draft expert has gone 306-257 on against-the-spread NFL picks for a profit of $2,113 to $100 bettors.
In addition, he has had a particularly keen eye for both of these teams. In fact, White is 34-16 in his last 50 picks involving the Rams and 30-17 in his last 47 against-the-spread picks involving the Bears, a combined run of 64-33 picking these teams. Anybody who has followed him his way up.
- Rams vs. Bears spread: Los Angeles -6.5
- Rams vs. Bears over-under: 44.5 points
- Rams vs. Bears money line: Los Angeles -275, Chicago +235
- LAR: DT Aaron Donald leads the league in sacks (7.5)
- CHI: Defense leads the NFL in completion percentage allowed (57.1)
Why the Rams can cover
L.A.'s defense has an advantage against Chicago's run game. Last week, the Rams held San Francisco to just 3.3 yards per carry on 37 rush attempts. On the season, they are giving up just 109.0 rushing yards per game, which ranks 12th in the NFL.
On Monday Night Football, they'll face a Bears rushing attack that has disappeared. After averaging 4.9 yards per carry in its first three games of the season, Chicago has averaged a paltry 2.3 in the three games since. Last week, the Bears managed just 2.5 yards per rush against a Carolina defense that had been giving up 5.4 per carry entering the game.
Why the Bears can cover
Chicago is coming off one of its most impressive defensive performances of the season. The Bears sacked Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater four times, intercepted him twice and held the previously-hot Bridgewater to 216 passing yards and a 50.4 passer rating. The passing yards and passer rating were the lowest for the Panthers quarterback this season.
Both Garoppolo's passing yards and passing touchdowns were both season-highs.
How to make Rams vs. Bears picks
White has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he's leaning under, he has discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing it only at SportsLine.
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