World News – CA – MNF Preview: Disrespectful Bears vs Unresponsive Rams


It’s not often that we get this: a late October clash of NFL teams with just three losses between them, each possessing one of the league’s hardest-hitting defensemen – but both clubs crave respect

Chicago Bears 5-1 visit Los Angeles Rams 4-2 in Monday night football game this week (8:15 am EDT, TSN via ESPN)

The Bears might as well be 1-5, but a tight combination of defensive play at the end of games, paired with the clutch, albeit intermittent, to Mitchell Trubisky’s quarterback (in weeks 1 and 2) or Nick Foles (since) has proven to be a mostly winning formula If hardly

The Rams’ only victories came only against the NFC East All of NFC East ie Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington and the New York Giants

Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay says the Bears won their record and first place in NFC North

“They are better in times of crisis,” said McVay “They deliver those (opportunities) You look at how they won these five games – they were all single possession games at the end and they have found a way to be successful, be it a turnover, a shutdown It’s impressive and that’s why they win

« It seemed like they played pretty well for most of the games for me So I think they did these plays at the most opportune times Then in many cases those times determine where you are. in many pass type situations They have particularly shone in some of those known fleeting situations where they can sort of dictate things on their terms « 

Bears linebacker Khalil Mack was 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year in Oakland Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has grabbed the honor for the next two seasons

Donald leads the league with 75 sacks and leads all inside defensive linemen with nine tackles vs. loss

Mack is tied for 9th with 45 sacks He has struggled with lingering ailments including a back injury this week which officially classified him as questionable for this game

« The backlog is, more than anything, just pain, » said Bears head coach Matt Nagy « I’m not really worried at the moment »

« You have to appreciate greatness, » he said « I think what you see consistent with the two is that there is a relentless engine that they play with They don’t take play You see a lot of those flash drives (which the game strip makes you wonder about) « Are you really digging deep when you have the chance to rack up stats? Do you play dirty on some of the early downs? ”

Donald, in particular, continues to play at such a high level that he is one of the best interior defensive linemen to ever play football. McVay has said the 29-year-old seventh-year is a sure-fire contender to win his third Defensive Player of the Year award

« I don’t think there are any questions, with the way he played and the way he influences and affects the game He did a great job and (I’m) looking for great things from him Monday evening also « 

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World News – CA – MNF Preview: Disrespectful Bear vs. Unrespected Rams



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