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This will be the first "Sunday Night Football" matchup of the season. The game will be broadcast on NBC with Al Michaels calling play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth providing analysis. Sporting NewsWhat channel is Bears vs. Rams on today? Schedule, time for 'Sunday Night Football' in Week 1

Bears And Rams Fans Get In Violent Brawl In Bowels Of SoFi Stadium

TMZ 15 September, 2021 - 12:40am

Week 1 has come and gone and the Rams remain relatively healthy headed into next week

Sean McVay says that Sebastian Joseph-Day suffered a knee injury on Sunday night but he is expected to play this upcoming Sunday. May be held out for a day or two this week.

This will be something to monitor throughout the week as Joseph-Day is a force in the run game and will be a key component in helping stop the Colts dynamic backfield of running backs, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. The LA Rams defense had their hands full with Bears RB David Montgomery, but he was a big part of slowing that down for the most part.

Towards the end of the game against the Chicago Bears, it was shown that outside linebacker Leonard Floyd walked off the field gingerly but we’ll have to wait on an update with that. If McVay didn’t mention anything on it today to the media, it may be a non-issue. Besides the injury to Sebastian Joesph-Day it seems the Rams came out of this game relatively clean. This is a sigh of relief from all the injuries that were occurring leading up to the season as it seemed the team could just not escape it.

Staying healthy this season is pivotal for the Rams this season as the NFC West is going to be some tough competition this year.

NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels misidentifies wife of Rams QB Matthew Stafford

Daily Mail 15 September, 2021 - 12:40am

Week 1 has come and gone and the Rams remain relatively healthy headed into next week

Sean McVay says that Sebastian Joseph-Day suffered a knee injury on Sunday night but he is expected to play this upcoming Sunday. May be held out for a day or two this week.

This will be something to monitor throughout the week as Joseph-Day is a force in the run game and will be a key component in helping stop the Colts dynamic backfield of running backs, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. The LA Rams defense had their hands full with Bears RB David Montgomery, but he was a big part of slowing that down for the most part.

Towards the end of the game against the Chicago Bears, it was shown that outside linebacker Leonard Floyd walked off the field gingerly but we’ll have to wait on an update with that. If McVay didn’t mention anything on it today to the media, it may be a non-issue. Besides the injury to Sebastian Joesph-Day it seems the Rams came out of this game relatively clean. This is a sigh of relief from all the injuries that were occurring leading up to the season as it seemed the team could just not escape it.

Staying healthy this season is pivotal for the Rams this season as the NFC West is going to be some tough competition this year.

NFL Power Ranking after the Bears week 1 loss

Windy City Gridiron 14 September, 2021 - 12:00pm

We go around the power rankings to see what the experts have to say about the Chicago Bears.

Some fairly methodical offense from the Bears helped in holding on to the ball, and some solid running from David Montgomery gave us a glimmer of hope for this O moving forward.

But let’s check in what the power ranking analysts have to say this week, and notice the common theme flowing through all their remarks.

NFL.com has the Bears at 26 after being 21 before the season started.

All summer, the huddled masses begged Chicago not to put Andy Dalton on Sunday Night Football. The Bears didn’t listen, but it wasn’t Dalton’s fault Chicago was blown out by the Rams. Only one offense in the league ran fewer plays than Los Angeles in Week 1, but the Rams still tallied 34 points and more than 350 total yards against a backpedaling Chicago D that’s regressed considerably in recent years. The Bears need Justin Fields to do more than just serve as an upgrade over Dalton in the starting lineup. They need their first-round pick to give the team something that it’s lost in recent years: an identity.

Here’s how the Sporting News has it.

The Bears ran into a difficult situation on Sunday night, on the road against the Rams with many offensive limitations in relation to their opponent. Their defense isn’t the daunting force it was a couple seasons ago so they will need a lot more out of the offense, whether it’s more of Andy Dalton now or a lot of Justin Fields sooner rather than later. David Montgomery’s running as the centerpiece won’t do it.

Here’s how Pro Football Network sees it this week.

Andy Dalton and Chicago’s offense will struggle. Their offensive line is a mess, and Dalton is not mobile enough to survive. Matt Nagy must cultivate an environment for him to succeed. Furthermore, the Bears need to keep games close early, or else Dalton will be teed off on. We are all awaiting the arrival of Justin Fields.

Dalton and the Bears lost to the Rams 34-14. Dalton played fine from a completing passes standpoint, but he averaged just 5.4 yards per attempt and his longest completion was just 19 yards. Fields threw 2 passes and completed both, but his rushing touchdown is what got everyone excited. Nagy is going to keep hearing he’s wrong about starting Dalton. He needs to pull the ripcord, or the front office might pull his.

The Bears drop from 22 to 26 according to ESPN, and they give their top week 1 rookie while doing it.

Slim pickings for the Bears. Herbert far and away outperformed the rest of Chicago’s rookies with four kickoff returns for 106 yards. He opened the game with a 50-yard return that gifted the Bears great field position — only to later see Andy Dalton throw an interception in the end zone. It was that kind of night for Chicago. — Jeff Dickerson

Yahoo Sports has it like this for the Bears.

26. Chicago Bears (0-1, LW: 23)

Matt Nagy is coaching himself out of a job. His insistence on starting Andy Dalton is weird. Dalton was exactly what you’d think: He wasn’t bad, but he surely wasn’t good. And he won’t be. There’s no real reason to start him over Justin Fields. Add in the Bears’ multiple breakdowns on defense, and it looked like a team without a lot of hope. At least until Fields takes over at QB.

CBS Sports dropped the Bears down 1 spot to 24.

The offense isn’t good enough with Andy Dalton, who didn’t throw it down the field at all. It has to be Justin Fields time soon.

Bears Report Card: How we graded the Bears' offense in Week 1 loss to Rams

Chicago Bears Wire 14 September, 2021 - 06:31am

The Chicago Bears lost in Week 1’s Sunday night opener in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Rams, 34-14, in a game that was about as lopsided as the final score would indicate.

Despite a competitive 13-7 halftime score, the Bears couldn’t keep pace with Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense, in part, because Chicago’s offense just wasn’t explosive enough.

Whether that was a product of average talent or below-average play-calling will become clear as the the season marches on. For now, it was an all-around uninspiring performance from everyone not named David Montgomery.

Here’s how we graded each position group.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Andy Dalton #14 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Andy Dalton completed 27-of-38 passes for 206 yards and one interception in what was a performance that was very predictable from the veteran journeyman. Dalton was a non-threatening passer who rarely pushed the ball downfield. He had the second lowest average intended air yards per pass of Week 1 (4.2) and it showed. Still, he wasn’t awful. He did his job, sans the killer interception in the end zone early in the game, and will get another start in Week 2 against his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

A quick note on Justin Fields: Fields didn’t factor into this grade because he attempted only two passes. He added a touchdown run on the ground, too.

Sep 12, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) carries the ball on a 61-yard rush in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

David Montgomery had his most impressive day as a runner since entering the league as a third-round pick in 2019. Montgomery finished the game with 16 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown, but it was how he produced those yards that was the real story. He ran with burst and exceptional power. It looks like the game has slowed down for him. If he can stack a few more games like Week 1 together, he’ll emerge as one of the top running backs in the entire NFL.

Damien Williams did his part off the bench, too. While he only managed 12 yards on six carries, he did add 28 yards on four catches and had some slippery runs and yards after contact that proved why he’s an ideal backup for this team.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

There wasn’t all that much that Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney could do in Week 1 considering the unaggressive nature of the Bears’ passing attack. Dalton didn’t take any shots downfield, which limited Robinson and Mooney to a combined 11 catches for 61 yards. Not great.

Marquise Goodwin added four catches for 45 yards in his Bears debut and was Chicago’s highest-graded offensive player for Week 1. He’s going to have a bigger role than I think many expected this offseason.

Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cole Kmet was solid in Week 1, finishing with five catches for 45 yards. Jimmy Graham was limited to one catch for 11 yards. Kmet ended the game with the fourth-highest grade on offense and the second-highest grade in the passing game from PFF. It was a promising start for the second-year player from Notre Dame, even if it lacked any ‘wow’ moment.

Sep 12, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day (69) takes on Chicago Bears offensive lineman Sam Mustipher (67) and tight end Cole Kmet (85) in the second half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This is actually a much better grade than I would’ve expected giving the Bears after facing Aaron Donald and the Rams defense, which finished as the top unit in the league in 2020.

Sure, the analytics weren’t kind to the starting five after film review, but the on-field play wasn’t terrible. Donald was limited for most of the game and only generated big-play production when the game was already out of reach. The offensive tackles surrendered a total of three pressures, which considering the offseason narrative about how terrible the starting duo (and top reserves) are, three pressures isn’t all that bad.

Still, it isn’t a great sign when an average performance by an offensive line is considered a ‘win.’

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Bears Report Card: How we graded the Bears' offense in Week 1 loss to Rams

NBC Sports Chicago 14 September, 2021 - 06:31am

The Chicago Bears lost in Week 1’s Sunday night opener in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Rams, 34-14, in a game that was about as lopsided as the final score would indicate.

Despite a competitive 13-7 halftime score, the Bears couldn’t keep pace with Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense, in part, because Chicago’s offense just wasn’t explosive enough.

Whether that was a product of average talent or below-average play-calling will become clear as the the season marches on. For now, it was an all-around uninspiring performance from everyone not named David Montgomery.

Here’s how we graded each position group.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Andy Dalton #14 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Andy Dalton completed 27-of-38 passes for 206 yards and one interception in what was a performance that was very predictable from the veteran journeyman. Dalton was a non-threatening passer who rarely pushed the ball downfield. He had the second lowest average intended air yards per pass of Week 1 (4.2) and it showed. Still, he wasn’t awful. He did his job, sans the killer interception in the end zone early in the game, and will get another start in Week 2 against his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

A quick note on Justin Fields: Fields didn’t factor into this grade because he attempted only two passes. He added a touchdown run on the ground, too.

Sep 12, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) carries the ball on a 61-yard rush in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

David Montgomery had his most impressive day as a runner since entering the league as a third-round pick in 2019. Montgomery finished the game with 16 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown, but it was how he produced those yards that was the real story. He ran with burst and exceptional power. It looks like the game has slowed down for him. If he can stack a few more games like Week 1 together, he’ll emerge as one of the top running backs in the entire NFL.

Damien Williams did his part off the bench, too. While he only managed 12 yards on six carries, he did add 28 yards on four catches and had some slippery runs and yards after contact that proved why he’s an ideal backup for this team.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

There wasn’t all that much that Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney could do in Week 1 considering the unaggressive nature of the Bears’ passing attack. Dalton didn’t take any shots downfield, which limited Robinson and Mooney to a combined 11 catches for 61 yards. Not great.

Marquise Goodwin added four catches for 45 yards in his Bears debut and was Chicago’s highest-graded offensive player for Week 1. He’s going to have a bigger role than I think many expected this offseason.

Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cole Kmet was solid in Week 1, finishing with five catches for 45 yards. Jimmy Graham was limited to one catch for 11 yards. Kmet ended the game with the fourth-highest grade on offense and the second-highest grade in the passing game from PFF. It was a promising start for the second-year player from Notre Dame, even if it lacked any ‘wow’ moment.

Sep 12, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day (69) takes on Chicago Bears offensive lineman Sam Mustipher (67) and tight end Cole Kmet (85) in the second half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This is actually a much better grade than I would’ve expected giving the Bears after facing Aaron Donald and the Rams defense, which finished as the top unit in the league in 2020.

Sure, the analytics weren’t kind to the starting five after film review, but the on-field play wasn’t terrible. Donald was limited for most of the game and only generated big-play production when the game was already out of reach. The offensive tackles surrendered a total of three pressures, which considering the offseason narrative about how terrible the starting duo (and top reserves) are, three pressures isn’t all that bad.

Still, it isn’t a great sign when an average performance by an offensive line is considered a ‘win.’

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