CHICAGO (3-5) at ST. LOUIS (4-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Rams by 7 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Bears 4-4, Rams 4-4
SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 52-36-3
LAST MEETING - Rams beat Bears 42-21, Nov. 24, 2013
LAST WEEK - Bears beat Chargers 22-19; Rams lost to Vikings 21-18, OT
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 21, Rams No. 15
BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (16), PASS (21).
BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (24), PASS (5).
RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (4), PASS (32).
RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (13), PASS (4).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bears have won four of five in series. … Bears QB Jay Cutler has franchise-record 139 TD passes, passing Hall of Famer Sid Luckman (137) in Monday night victory. Cutler has 12 winning TD passes in fourth quarter since joining Bears in 2009, most in NFL during that span, and is 2-0 against St. Louis. … RB Matt Forte (knee) could return after missing Chargers game. Forte has 359 scrimmage yards and three TDs in three career meetings vs. Rams. Backup RB Jeremy Langford had career-high 142 scrimmage yards (72 rushing, 70 receiving) and TD last week. … WR Alshon Jeffery has three consecutive 100-yard receiving games, matching longest streak in franchise history. Jeffery has 28 catches for 414 yards and two TDs over that stretch. … LB Lamarr Houston had two sacks last week. … Rams RB Todd Gurley has 664 yards rushing, third most in first six games in NFL history. He’s first rookie in Super Bowl era to rush for 85 or more yards in his first five career starts and is averaging 131 yards rushing in last five games. … QB Nick Foles won only career start against Bears in 2013 with Eagles, going 21 for 25 for 230 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. In first season with Rams, Foles has completed just 58.2 percent of passes for seven TDs with five interceptions. … WR-PR Tavon Austin has 16 career TDs - eight receiving, five rushing, three punt returns. He’s among three players in NFL with rushing, receiving and return TD this season. … WR Kenny Britt is averaging 20.7 yards per catch, but on just 15 receptions. … Rams lead NFC with 27 sacks, five by Robert Quinn and 4 1-2 by Aaron Donald. … Fantasy Tip: Newly signed Wes Welker could make debut for Rams, who are just 4 for 37 on third down and trail rest of NFL with 23.8-percent conversion rate. He’ll likely get limited duty after just three practices, but history of reliability could open up things for Gurley, whose streak of four straight 100-yard rushing games ended against Vikings.
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