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Rams-Bears Preview Capsule

Rams-Bears Preview Capsule

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By The Associated Press

Thursday, December 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-1) at CHICAGO (8-4)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE — Rams by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Rams 5-5-2, Bears 8-4

SERIES RECORD — 53-36-3

LAST MEETING — Bears beat Rams 37-13, Nov. 15, 2015

LAST WEEK — Rams beat Lions 30-16; Bears lost to Giants 30-27, OT

AP PRO32 RANKING — Rams No. 1, Bears No. 7

RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (4), PASS (4)

RAMS DEFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (18), PASS (17)

BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (16), PASS (19)

BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (2), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Rams clinched second straight NFC West title, became first team to secure playoff spot, with win over Detroit. Los Angeles hadn’t won back-back division championships since completing run of seven straight in 1979. ... Beating Bears would give Rams first-round bye. ... Rams lead New Orleans by one game for home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs. Los Angeles lost at New Orleans on Nov. 4. ... QB Jared Goff ranks fourth in NFL with 3,754 yards passing, sixth with 27 touchdowns. ... RB Todd Gurley leads NFL in both yards rushing (1,175), yards from scrimmage (1,649). ... DT Aaron Donald leads NFL with 16 1/2 sacks, has at least two in three straight games. ... WR Brandin Cooks has 1,026 yards receiving — his fourth straight 1,000-yard season. ... DT Ndamukong Suh has eight sacks in 10 games against Chicago. ... NFC North-leading Bears won five straight before wild loss to Giants. Chicago rallied from 10 down in final 1:13 of regulation, losing when Janoris Jenkins knocked away deep pass by Chase Daniel after Aldrick Rosas kicked 44-yard field goal. ... Chicago’s defense leads NFL with 21 interceptions. ... QB Mitchell Trubisky expects to start after missing past two games because of right shoulder injury. ... RB Tarik Cohen set career highs last week in receptions (12), yards receiving (156), yards from scrimmage (186). He also threw tying 1-yard TD to Anthony Miller at end of regulation. ... DE Akiem Hicks joined William “The Refrigerator” Perry as only defensive linemen in franchise history to rush for touchdown, with 1-yard run last week. ... LB Khalil Mack has nine sacks in 10 games. ... Fantasy tip: Gurley will be going against defense that’s had some issues against run in past two games. New York’s Saquon Barkley carried 24 times for 125 yards, after Bears gave up 85 yards rushing in second half at Detroit previous week.

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