Finally, the Long vs. Long matchup we have been looking forward to all season is going to happen on Sunday. It’s so big that Howie Long took the day off from his broadcasting duties for the first time in 20 years to attend the game. He is a proud papa. I am just praying that he is not wearing one of those half and half jerseys. I am sure we will know what he is wearing, eating, and doing the whole game as cameras will cut to him every time they talk about Kyle or Chris Long. I predict he will be eating nachos and will be wearing a black turtle neck. This is going to be a fun matchup to watch.
Before the season began, we asked Nathan Kearns from Ramblin’ Fan 5 Questions about the St. Louis Rams. This week, we contacted him again to ask him another 5 questions about the matchup between the Bears and Rams.
With Jay Cutler out, it will backup vs. backup. Who do you think will perform better, Josh McCown or Kellen Clemens?
To this point, there is no question which player has performed better statistically. Unlike Jeff Fisher and the St .Louis Rams, Marc Trestman appears to be content gameplanning around Josh McCown and the passing game. Conversely, the Rams would much rather hand the ball to Zac Stacy for 30+ carries and hope that their defense can contain the opposing offense.
However, McCown has yet to face a defensive front that can get to the quarterback like the St. Louis Rams. Jermon Bushrod and Jordan Mills are ranked 62th and 76th, respectively, in pass blocking this season, and will be matched up against Robert Quinn and Chris Long, who are ranked 1st and 8th among 4-3 defensive ends in pass rushing this season.
How much of a difference does it make for the home crowd with all the Bears fans who come to St. Louis?
To be honest, most opponents within “decent” driving distance of St. Louis have had a relatively large showing within the Dome this season. Unless the Bears can pack the stands in some cohesive manner, they will likely have no effect on the St. Louis Rams on the field.