The Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams will meet head-on this coming Sunday at SoFi Stadium down in Inglewood. Will the Bears start the Andy Dalton era with a win? Or will it be Matthew Stafford who will come up with a victory in his debut with his new team? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Rams Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 12, 2021
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood
When: Sunday, September 12, 2021, 8:20 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NBC
Betting on the Chicago Bears (+7.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
If you want to see Justin Fields start for the Bears, you will have to wait. For now, Matt Nagy is giving the keys to the offense to veteran Andy Dalton. It’s a much-maligned plan, but Dalton shouldn’t be as bad as what many make it to be. The receiving corps features the pair of Allen Robinson, an underrated wideout that’s mostly due to his lack of playing alongside an elite quarterback, and Mooney. Dalton is good enough to make Robinson a constant threat. Robinson’s likely going to be shadowed by star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, so Mooney will have to be ready to take advantage of having the lesser Rams CB assigned to him. Mooney has a legitimate breakout potential after recording 631 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 61 receptions in 2021. And of course, Chicago’s defense will always be a threat with Khalil Mack up front.
The Bears are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games during September. The over is also 4-1 in Chicago’s last five games against teams from the NFC.
Betting on the Los Angeles Rams (-7.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
Last season, the Rams ranked just 22nd in the NFL with only 23.3 points per game. They didn’t pass the ball that much, instead opting run the ball most of the time. That’s emblematic of the lack of the team’s confidence in Jared Goff. But Goff is now gone, and under center for the Rams is former Detroit Lions gunslinger Matthew Stafford, who should be better at moving the chains through the air. Stafford is definitely in a more ideal situation after moving to LA. He’ll be having Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as primary targets. But it’s really the Rams’ Aaron Donald-led front seven that will be the biggest threat to Chicago in this game, considering the Bears’ soft offensive line. The Rams were one of two teams in 2020 that had at least 50 sacks. Bad news for the Bears.
The Rams are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games in Week 1. Meanwhile, the total has hit the under in 14 of their last 17 games as the home team.
The Rams win, 26-20.
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