Chicago (8-4) plays host to the Los Angeles Rams (11-1) on Sunday night at Soldier Field at 7:20 p.m.
The top seeds in the NFC travel to Chicago to face the third-seeded Bears, in a battle of division leaders. The Rams have won with quarterback Jared Goff and offense. The Bears have won with defense by forcing turnovers. The only Rams loss came to second-seeded New Orleans on the road. The Bears are coming off a 30-27 upset loss at New Jersey to the Giants. The last time the Bears lost this season, they had two in succession, against the Dolphins on the road and then the Patriots at home. So in a manner of speaking, history could repeat itself for Chicago with a loss.
The second-ranked Rams offense goes against the fourth-ranked defense of the Bears. The Rams are fourth in rushing and fourth in passing. The Bears defense is second against the run and 11th vs. the pass. The 20th-ranked Bears offense goes up against the 18th-ranked Rams defense. The Bears are 16th running the ball and 19th passing. The Rams are 18th defending the run and 17th against the pass. ... The Rams are No. 1 in yards gained on first-down plays (7.10-yard average), while the Bears defense is No. 1 in defending against first-down plays (4.51-yard average).
The Bears had not lost the turnover battle against a single opponent until Sunday's overtime defeat by the New York Giants, but still lead the NFL with a plus-12 ratio. The Rams are tied for second with a plus-11 ratio. ... As powerful as the Rams are on offense, they are only 18th in red zone offense (58.7 percent). They usually do their scoring on big plays. ... As good as the Bears have been on defense, they are only 17th at preventing touchdowns from within the red zone.
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