How will the Bears challenge the LA Rams at SoFi Stadium?

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When the Chicago Bears arrive at SoFi Stadium to face the LA Rams for the first Sunday Night Football game of the 2021 NFL season, they will be coming off an 8-8 2020 NFL season and a playoff berth. Their hosts, the LA Rams, are coming off their 10-6 season and their own NFL Playoff berth. It makes sense for the Rams home opener to get a prime-time time slot. Seldom do two playoff teams with a bit of familiarity with one another face off to open the season from two different NFC Divisions.

Some expected the Chicago Bears to regress a bit this season, as the team has moved on from former veteran quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Now, armed with their franchise quarterback of the future in Justin Fields, the questions arise as to whether the new version of the Chicago Bears, with veteran Andy Dalton at quarterback, can compete.

Since the two teams have begun matching up annually in the regular season over the past three years, it always seems that regardless of how potent the offenses are of either the LA Rams or the Chicago Bears when these two teams clash, it ends up as a low-scoring affair.  Last year, the LA Rams defeated the Chicago Bears by the score of 24-10.

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The Rams defeated the Bears a year ago by the heroics of players who were not often thrust into the spotlight. The Rams scored three touchdowns against the Bears in that win. One was from the powerful rushing of running back Malcolm Brown, who is playing for the Miami Dolphins.  The second was from tight end Gerald Everett, who is now playing for the Seattle Seahawks. The third and final touchdown was scored by wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who is now playing for the Tennessee Titans.