The LA Rams have welcomed a new quarterback into the fold but that should prove no issue when he meets a former divisional rival in Week 1.
Chicago have arguably the most difficult schedule in the NFL this season and it could not start off with a more dangerous matchup than the Rams on the road in primetime. The Bears quarterback situation is murky but Andy Dalton is set to start behind a poor offensive line with a so-so running game and very few weapons. This spells disaster up against a stifling Rams defence led by Aaron Donald. The Rams have covered nine of their last 12 as a home favourite and 22 of their last 30 against NFC opponents. The Bears have covered just two of their last seven as an underdog. Road underdogs in Week 1 who won seven or more games the year prior have an awful cover rate of just over 39%. The Rams the clear play here.
Statistically, both teams point to the under in this one.. From a game script sense, it is hard to see how the Bears post any notable score here against such an elite defence. Their team total is going to sail under bar any D/ST touchdowns and is also worth consideration. The under is 12-4 when the Bears are a road underdog of more than seven points while it is 13-5 when they are a road underdog. The under is an insane 20-6 when the Rams are favoured. Points are going to be rare this game, particularly for the Bears.
Darrell Henderson is the Rams stud at running back and should have a big game but Sony Michel should see a lot of the goal-line work. Michel has 14 TDs in 38 games (28 starts) and knows his way to the endzone. He is at his best early in the season too with 11 of his touchdowns coming in the first seven weeks. With the Rams projected to win big, Michel will get touches and likely capitalise on scoring opportunities.
SAME GAME MULTI
Andy Dalton Under 213.5 Pass Yards/Allen Robinson Under 68.5 Receiving Yards/Robert Woods Over 62.5 Receiving Yards($5.00)
The Rams had the No.1 QB defence last season so that projects poorly for the Bears passing game. Behind a porous offensive line, Dalton’s total looks too big. There is also some hope Justin Fields gets called upon so very keen to be against Dalton in particular. Robert Woods finally gets a competent QB this year so the playbook will open up and Woods is set to elevate into elite WR territory with his weekly line set to jump much higher after week 1.