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Week 13 – Rams v Bears

Another Sunday is creeping up on us and once again we are faced with the question, “Do you think we can win?”  Heck yeah.  There is always a chance.  The ‘Any Given Sunday’ syndrome is for real.  Vegas is giving us 9 points so they expect us to lose.  But the Bears have lost their last 4 games and their last 2 wins were against the Browns and the Lions.  Hmmm…

How about us?  Well, we have lost our last three games in a row.  Our shining hope and running back Steven Jackson is injured and not playing at 100%, our starting tackle is injured (and out), and our starting QB is injured (and out).   On a positive side, C Jason Brown is probable for coming back and starting on Sunday.  Another positive note, second year receiver Donnie Avery is coming along with nearly 500 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.  But that’s just about all positives… other than we have many hopefuls.  Athletes like receiver Brandon Gibson who has yet to score a touchdown.  Players like running back and special teams player Danny Amendola who has yet to score a touchdown.  And even like RBs Kenneth Darby and Samkon Gado who have not contributed a single touchdown in 2009.  There is lots of potential here with the Rams.

Let’s look at the Bears.  They have a few injuries too.  Charles Tillman is questionable.  They are definitely going to need him to stop our high powered receivers (that was a joke).  Orlando Pace (name sounds familiar) is doubtful.  It is always good news when an opponent’s veteran starting tackle is out.  Also, LB Lance Briggs will probably not play either.

At running back they have Matt Forte who is not having the kind of season he had last year.  He has only run for 543 yards and 3 touchdowns.   Like the Rams, the Bears have a lot of potential.  They have such underachievers as RB Jason Mckie, RB Adrian Peterson (not who your thinking), and WR Earl Bennett.  Unlike the Rams, they have several offensive threats in WR Johnny Knox who has 400 yards receiving and 4 TDs and Devin Hester with 634 yards accompanied by 3 TDs.  Finally, at QB they have Jay Cutler who is having a sub-par year.

So, who is going to win?  Defensive stats are comparable, QB’s aren’t very good, offensive weapons are limited.  It is going to come down to who wants it more.  We have seen time and time again that the Rams have not wanted it more.  Who knows… maybe this is the week?  As a life long Rams fan I am going to have to pick the Rams.  (Of course I picked the Pats to beat the Saints.)

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