This is Sparta? Former Michigan State Spartan and Bears rookie RB Jeremy Langford ran circles around the St. Louis Rams defense today in Saint Louis as the Chicago Bears played a near perfect game aside from another special teams gaffe by Marc Mariani. Jeremy Langford, filling in for Matt Forte for the second game in a row, had 182 total yards of offense including a 83 yard touchdown pass on a screen pass in the second quarter. The Bears had 2 plays over 80 yards in this game due to Langford and Zach Miller and Rams aren’t going to beat anyone like that giving up that kind of yardage to the backup running back and the backup tight end.
Jay Cutler was extremely efficient in going 19 for 24 for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Cutler did not have to do much other than pitch it to his receivers and watch them break tackles and bust some big plays. The Rams, playing without Chris Long, generated very little pass rush against the Bears makeshift offensive line.
The Rams, after marching downfield on the first drive and scoring with run from Todd Gurley, mysteriously abandoned the run after that and relied on the arm of Nick Foles who was mainly terrible and underwhelming as he has been most of the season. The Bears defense held Foles to 17 or 36 for 200 yards, sacking him once and intercepting him in the fourth quarter. He was replaced halfway through the fourth quarter by former Houston Cougar, Case Keenum, although Keenum basically did nothing but handoff after he got in.
The Bears, playing on a short week, played this one without C Hronnis Grasu, WR Eddie Royal, RB Matt Forte, LB Pernell McPhee, and LT Jermon Bushrod. Some of those guys should be back next week as the Bears return home to Soldier Field to take on the Denver Broncos, whom the Bears coaching staff knows very well with John Fox and Adam Gase having spent the last few years there. We will see if they can devise a gameplan to put some points on the board and keep them off-balance as much as they did today. The Bears improve 4-5 on the year and the Rams fall to 4-5.
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