By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The highly anticipated Monday night clash at SoFi Stadium turned into a one sided defensive battle won by the home team. Los Angeles was trying to bounce back from a tough double-digit loss at San Francisco last week.
Defensive coordinator Brandon Staley put together a game plan and the players executed it while the Rams came away with a 24-10 win against the Chicago Bears. It was the first time since 1988 the Rams beat the Bears on Monday Night Football.
The Rams (5-2) defense only gave up a mere 49 yards on the ground. It was the second time under Staley in which the defense held an opponent to 50 yards or less rushing. Players were flying through the air making key stops as the Bears converted just 4 of 14 third downs. The NFC North leaders only had 279 total yards for game.
“I thought our defense was outstanding from start to finish,” said Coach Sean McVay. “They had some key turnovers and they had some key stops.”
It was an all-around effort as seven Ram defenders had five or more tackles including Micah Kiser with eight led the team. As a team they had four sacks including two by Leonard Floyd against his former team.
“It was kind of emotional,” said Floyd about prepping to go against his former team. “I tried not to get to much on the emotional side I wanted to keep it like it was normal week and just go out and practice hard and come out on Monday and come out and play at a high level”
Aaron Donald and Greg Gaines combined for a sake that stifled a drive. They held the Bears to their lowest point total all year.
Jarred Goff had another solid game completing 23 of 33 passes for 219 yards and touchdown passes to Josh Reynolds (4 yards) and tight end Gerald Everett had a 12-yarder. That play sent Goff over 16,000 passing yards for his career. The four-yarder to Reynolds tied him with Bob Waterfield for sixth place all-time in franchise history.
Cooper Kupp had six receptions for 43 yards. Darrell Henderson 64 yards and Malcom Brown 57 yards led the ground game.
The lone touchdown for the Bears (5-2) occurred with 7:30 left in the 4th when Rams Robert Woods took a hand-off on a jet sweep and was hit by Bears linebacker Robert Quinn in trying to make a tackle punched the ball out of Woods arms. Teammate Robert Jackson scooped it up and ran 8 yards into the endzone. It was the only TD of the night for the visitors.
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles was 28 of 40 for 261 yards passing with two interceptions. On one pick the pass was tipped in the end zone by Troy Hill and grabbed out of the air by Taylor Trapp who then tip-toed out of the side-line for his first of the year.
Another weapon was Johnny Hekker who had all five of punts land inside the 10 yard-line which was key field position giving the Rams the edge all-night.
RAMS NOTES: The Rams take on Miami next week followed with a bye. After that they have five of eight games at SoFi Stadium… Goff had a 108.8 passer rating. That marks the 5th game being a least 100… Kupp became the 16th Ram to reach 3,000 receiving yards…Rookie TE Bryce Hopkins made his first pro appearance.