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2012 Rams vs Bears: Game Preview

The Rams march in to Chicago and Soldier Field this coming weekend after a come from behind victory against the Washington Redskins.  The Bears seem to be a little shaken up after a poor showing against the Green Bay Packers.  Since the Packers are a pretty good team, I would think this game would be easy to dust off your feet and move on.  But somehow Bears QB Jay Cutler has been able to create derision between himself and his team.  This at a time when the St Louis Rams seem to be rallying around new head coach Jeff Fisher with an energy and enthusiasm not seen in Rams teams for many years.

If you look up and down both rosters you see a lot of similarities between these two teams.

1 Each team has a star quarterback: Jay Cutler vs Sam Bradford

2 Each team has talented running backs: Matt Forte and Michael Bush versus Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson

3 Both teams have defensive rushing specialists: Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije versus Chris Long and Robert Quinn

4 Both teams have a star middle linebacker: Brian Urlacher versus James Laurinaitis

5 Both teams have a big name star in their defensive secondary: Charles Tillman versus Cortland Finnegan

6 Both teams have O-lines that have been struggling from injury and poor performance

I think the one real advantage the Bears have over the Rams is in their receiving core.  It’s way too early in the season to say any of the Rams receivers (Amendola, Gibson, Smith) can match up with Brandon Marshall or Devin Hester.  Amendola has had a great 2012, but I would really like to see some consistency before proclaiming his equality with the Bears receivers.

Overall, I think the Rams are the better team and will get the win.  Sam Bradford is currently ranked within the top 5 QBs of the league while Cutler is somewhere near the bottom.   The problem with Cutler is that he’s dangerous.  He’s kind of like Brett Favre.  You never really know what you’re going to get from him.  So far in the season he hasn’t been that good, but he can explode and give an exciting performance at any time.  Assuming the Rams greatly improved secondary keeps this from happening, I think the Fisher factor will prove to be the winning catalyst.  Fisher has the Rams gelling.  The Rams players believe in the Fisher system and are playing at way above 100% effort.  The Rams are continuing to get better while the Bears could be in a funk.  The Rams will probably make a few blunders along the way, but their new found resiliency will rule the day.


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One Response to “2012 Rams vs Bears: Game Preview”

  1. Daniel Lawson says:

    I understand that you’re a fan, but to actually say you think the Rams are a better team is pushing it more then a little bit. Bears have 8 sacks as a team and Tim Jennings by himself has 3 INTs vs Rams with 4 as a team… this is a game that Chicago should win because they are the better team hands down. Of course you lost credibility when you listed Hester as a WR of some note… He’s not if anything they should be worried about Bennet and Jeffery… your rookie corner played him fairly well in college

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