The Chicago Bears became the second team to defeat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night in a game that saw LA score just six points.
The Los Angeles Rams lost to the Chicago Bears, 15-6 on Sunday night in Chicago. The Rams did not do much on offense in the game; they only totaled 214 yards. It was the Rams’ worst performance all season.
The Bears defense played well, sacking Jared Goff three times and forcing him to throw four interceptions. The lost put the New Orleans Saints back in the driver seat for the number one overall seed in the NFC.
Here are the four takeaways from the Los Angeles Rams second loss of the season.
1. Los Angeles Rams run defense is not good
The Rams linebacker play has been bad. Cory Littleton has gotten worse as the season gone on and Mark Barron has not been good since coming back from a devastating Achilles injury.
On Sunday night, the Rams gave up 194 yards on the ground on 5.5 yards per carry. Jordan Howard had a team-high 101 yards on 19 carries; he averaged 5.3 yards a carry. Howard came into the game averaging 3.4 yards a carry. Running back Tarik Cohen added 69 yards on just nine carries, that is good for a 7.7 yards a carry.
2. Jared Goff had a bad game
Jared Goff struggled all night long; he was not good at all in this game. Goff went 20-44 for 180 yards, with four interceptions. Goff had a passer rating of 19.1 and a QBR of 6.2. He lost a fumble and got sacked for a safety. Goff was unable to get anything going this game; he will need to come out strong next week against the Eagles.
3. The offensive line got dominated
The Los Angeles Rams’ offensive line is considered one of the best in the league. The offensive line had a tough day against the Bears. The Bears defensive front is amazing with Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman.
With that three plus the blitz packages that Vic Fangio dialed up, the Rams offensive line trouble all night. The Bears got three sacks, five tackles for loss seven quarterback hits and a ton of pressures. It is safe to say the Rams were happy to get out of Chicago.
4. Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley only had 28 yards on ten carries in this game. The Bears did a good job shutting down the run early in the game. Gurley just had 14 touches throughout the whole game.
I think Sean McVay did not like the way the Rams run offense went up against the Bears rush defense. With a running back like Gurley you still have to mix in some runs and find other creative ways to get him the ball, he is too good of a player to only have 14 touches.