The Bears (and my crew) head to St Louis in what is being billed as the Long Family Reunion. Howie is taking a football Sunday off for the first time in his broadcasting career. It should be a memorable day for the Long family and hopefully a good day for the 6-4 Bears, who are in a dogfight for a playoff spot. Check out our staff picks and predictions:
I am literally writing this from an Amtrak Train bound for St. Louis, otherwise known as the Bear-ient Express. We left about 10 minutes ago and the train bar is already out of vodka and Miller Lite…no joke!!! Boomer and I are heading to the game with 10 buddies as a part of an annual tradition that has lasted 19 years and running. Full disclosure, our record on on these trips is not good. However, I think if the Bears can control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, the offense should be able to carve up a weak Rams back seven in both the passing and running games. The dome will be rocking and if this train clientele is any indication, there will be a lot of blue and orange in the stand jettisoning the Bears to victory!!!
Bears 30 – Rams 13
The Bears pulled off a win in the slop last week. The field conditions will be much more favorable and predictable this week in the dome at St Louis. The Rams will bring a lot of pressure with Long and Quinn, so if McCown wants to stay on a roll, he’ll need to be on top of his game. The patched up Bears defense has improved over the last few weeks despite missing their biggest stars.
Zac Stacy goes off, but the Bears D has a couple of signature takeaways. Matt Forte runs wild and the Bears win a thriller.
Bears 31 – Rams 27
The Bears made Ray Rice look like his former Pro Bowl self last weekend and I expect them to make Rams running back Zac Stacy look like the next coming of Marshall Faulk. Fortunately for the defense, Shea McClellin appears to be nearing a return and Jeremiah Ratliff is nearing his debut. The Bears should be able to put up enough points to overcome any and all flaws on defense this Sunday though and Kyle Long should enjoy beating up on older brother Chris.