- The Los Angeles Rams are -7 on the spread against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. The over-under is set to 44.5 points.
- This will be Matthew Stafford’s first game with the Rams. He is currently listed at +1800 to win the MVP.
- Aaron Donald has won three of the last four Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Sunday Night Football is starting off in Week 1 with the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears in SoFi Stadium. The Rams are going all-in on this season with their stout defense and the addition of quarterback Matthew Stafford, a dark horse MVP candidate.
Meanwhile, the Bears have an interesting quarterback situation of their own. Despite drafting Justin Fields in the first round, they are rolling with veteran Andy Dalton as the starter.
Let’s take a deeper dive into this Sunday Night Football matchup between the Bears and Rams, complete with where to watch the game, betting odds, public trends, and a prediction.
How to Watch Bears – Rams Sunday Night
Chicago Bears (0-0) @ Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 11th
Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Bears vs. Rams SNF Betting Line
- The Rams are -7 on the spread against the Bears in Week 1.
- Chicago is listed at +300 on the moneyline compared to Los Angeles at -350.
- The over-under is set to 44.5.
- Lines are subject to change throughout the week.
84% Public Betting Handle on LA Rams
Early NFL public betting reports on DraftKings Sportsbook show a ton of confidence in the Rams to pull out an easy victory at home. Of the total handle wagered on this game, 84% of the money is on Los Angeles. With Chicago’s uncertainty at quarterback, it’s no surprise to see the public fade the Bears.
As for the total, there is an interesting dynamic developing. Although 80% of bet tickets have been placed on the over, 87% of the total money is on the under. That means that a few bettors are putting massive money on the under. Take that information into account when looking to place your bets on this Sunday Night Football game.
NFL Week 1 Public Bets DraftKings
|Sunday, September 12, 2021|
|Teams||Spread||% Handle||% Bets||Total Points||% Handle||% Bets||Moneyline||% Handle||% Bets|
|ARI Cardinals||+3||24%||26%||Over 53.5||68%||58%||+135||57%||33%|
|TEN Titans||-3||76%||74%||Under 53.5||32%||42%||-155||43%||67%|
|JAX Jaguars||-3||67%||76%||Over 46.0||53%||34%||-180||39%||69%|
|HOU Texans||+3||33%||24%||Under 46.0||47%||66%||+155||61%||31%|
|LA Chargers||+1.5||43%||53%||Over 45.5||46%||59%||+110||60%||55%|
|WAS Football Team||-1.5||57%||47%||Under 45.5||54%||41%||-130||40%||45%|
|MIN Vikings||-3||79%||67%||Over 47.0||63%||47%||-170||45%||69%|
|CIN Bengals||+3||21%||33%||Under 47.0||37%||53%||+150||55%||31%|
|NY Jets||+4||32%||31%||Over 45.0||73%||64%||+170||52%||22%|
|CAR Panthers||-4||68%||69%||Under 45.0||27%||36%||-200||48%||78%|
|PHI Eagles||+3.5||60%||54%||Over 48.5||69%||56%||+160||91%||50%|
|ATL Falcons||-3.5||40%||46%||Under 48.5||31%||44%||-190||9%||50%|
|PIT Steelers||+6.5||31%||34%||Over 48.5||55%||54%||+250||59%||22%|
|BUF Bills||-6.5||69%||66%||Under 48.5||45%||46%||-320||41%||78%|
|SEA Seahawks||-2.5||85%||80%||Over 49.0||54%||47%||-145||73%||75%|
|IND Colts||+2.5||15%||20%||Under 49.0||46%||53%||+125||27%||25%|
|SF 49ers||-9.5||83%||81%||Over 46.0||58%||50%||-365||83%||90%|
|DET Lions||+9.5||17%||19%||Under 46.0||42%||50%||+280||17%||10%|
|CLE Browns||+5.5||17%||23%||Over 54.5||76%||74%||+200||32%||14%|
|KC Chiefs||-5.5||83%||77%||Under 54.5||24%||26%||-250||68%||86%|
|DEN Broncos||-3||74%||62%||Over 42.0||34%||52%||-160||36%||60%|
|NY Giants||+3||26%||38%||Under 42.0||66%||48%||+140||64%||40%|
|MIA Dolphins||+3||31%||42%||Over 43.5||41%||52%||+155||67%||49%|
|NE Patriots||-3||69%||58%||Under 43.5||59%||48%||-180||33%||51%|
|CHI Bears||+8||16%||28%||Over 46.5||51%||54%||+310||47%||13%|
|LA Rams||-8||84%||72%||Under 46.5||49%||46%||-410||53%||87%|
|Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook|
Bears vs. Rams SNF Game Notes
We’ve been waiting all year for Sunday Night Football and it’s coming back with a bang. The Rams are going to be one of the most exciting teams in football with their revamped offense. Matthew Stafford has long been one of the most underrated quarterbacks in football. Swapping out Jared Goff for Stafford is going to open up the playbook for Rams head coach Sean McVay.
Stafford joins an offense with a top-notch line, solid running game, and weapons at receiver. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp might not get the mainstream love that other wide receiver duos do, but they are both capable of taking over a game. Is this offense good enough to win a Super Bowl? We will have to wait and see.
With all that said, the Bears have a strong defense led by edge rusher Khalil Mack. Although he only finished with nine sacks last year, Mack is one of the best pass rushers in football without a doubt.
Expect the Rams to key in on him as he’s the one guy on this defense who can take over a game. Chicago finished 11th in total defense, 12th in passing defense, and 14th in scoring defense.
The big mismatch in this game is between the Rams defense and Bears offense. Remember how we called Khalil Mack “one” of the best pass rushers in football? Well, we can safely say that Aaron Donald is “the” best pass rusher in football. The defensive tackle is the best defender in the NFL. In fact, he is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and he’s won that award in three of the last four seasons.
The fact that he can generate push up the middle will give Andy Dalton fits all day long. Donald’s pressure could force Dalton, a non-mobile quarterback, to scramble and make plays off schedule.
Chicago might have better luck using the mobile rookie Justin Fields in this situation, but Bears head coach Matt Nagy is committing to Dalton all the same. Perhaps part of the reason for Nagy’s stubbornness is due to the fact that he promised Dalton the starting job when he signed.
Or, maybe Nagy is hesitant to put Fields out there against a top defense with one of the greatest defensive players of all time. Starting a fresh-faced rookie against Aaron Donald sounds like a recipe for disaster — even if the Chicago fans are clamoring for Fields.
Our Bears vs. Rams SNF Prediction
We are buying the hype on the Rams this year. This defense is good enough to make the Rams into a playoff team almost on their own. However, this Rams offense might be the best we’ve seen during the McVay era. Stafford is a massive upgrade over Jared Goff and the rest of the offense is loaded with talent.
As for the Bears, they are in an unusual situation. If Dalton struggles early, will Nagy feel the pressure and bring in Justin Fields? Sure, Chicago’s defense will keep them in games, but this is a tough matchup for the Bears as a team. Take the Rams laying the points at -7.
Prediction: Rams win 31-20
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