TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
Weather: High 36, Low 31
Fighting for the NFC North division lead with the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears look to be making a strong push at first place with Josh McCown at quarterback during Jay Cutler‘s absence. McCown has been great since taking over, passing for 754 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in his stat line — people are starting to debate whether Cutler should even come back to the team. Brandon Marshall still leads the team in receiving — by a narrow margin — with 64 catches for 828 yards and eight touchdowns while Alshon Jeffery has 54 catches for 818 yards and three scores. Matt Forte continues to be a force in both the receiving game, catching 49 passes for 374 yards and a score, and the rushing game, racking up 774 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
Coming into the season, many believed that the St. Louis Rams would be a dark-horse contender for a playoff spot, but they have been anything but. With a 4-6 record and a last place standing in the NFC West, the Rams look like a pretty big disappointment, especially since they lost their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, for the season. Kellen Clemens has filled in for the injured QB, passing for 634 yards and three touchdowns while completing just about 53 percent of his passes. Tavon Austin may be coming on strong as the rookie had a breakout game just two weeks ago and is now up to 345 yards and four touchdowns on 33 catches this season while returning punts as well. Zac Stacy leads the run game after taking over for the struggling Daryl Richardson, rushing for 537 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bears have one of the worst overall units in the NFL. Usually known for their defense, the Bears rank 24th in total yards allowed as well as 31st in rushing yards allowed while ranking 17th in passing yards allowed per game. St. Louis ranks 19th in total yards allowed and 18th in rushing yards allowed, but 14th in both passing yards and points allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Bears 24, Rams 17