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The Sunday morning pregame newsletter is back! I've made a few changes this season, but most of what made last year's issues so fun has returned. Let's keep our fingers crossed for an entertaining season ahead.
Bears at Rams
Time: 7:20 CT
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Odds: Bears +8, O/U 46.5
All-time record: Bears lead series 54-38-3
Last meeting: The Rams won 24-10 last October 20, picking off Nick Foles twice and keeping the Bears offense out of the end zone. This is the fourth straight year the two teams have played.
Three things to know
1. Primetime openers haven't been kind to the Bears
2. Eddie Goldman's absence creates an opportunity for someone to step up
3. Matthew Stafford + Sean McVay = Cause for concern
Kevin Kaduk — Midway Minute
Rams 28, Bears 10
"One day the Bears will roll into Los Angeles with a real offense capable of winning. Today is not that day."
Scott Koral — Midway Minute
Rams 19, Bears 10
"Matthew Stafford improves his team, but he can still only manage field goals against the Bears."
Brendan Sugrue — Midway Minute
Rams 23, Bears 21
"There won't be a D'Andre Swift drop to count on this time as Matthew Stafford leads the Rams to a comeback win in week one."
David Brown — Midway Minute
Bears 31, Rams 27
"I have never been afraid of Matthew Stafford. Eric Hipple, sure, but not Stafford."
Maggie Hendricks — Bally Sports
Rams 21, Bears 10
"Hoping this is the last game we'll have to see my fellow ginger wearing a helmet and carrying a football instead of a baseball hat and a clipboard."
Alyssa Barbieri — Bears Wire
Rams 24, Bears 13
"Things could get pretty ugly for the Bears on Sunday night, who play the Rams for the fourth consecutive season in prime time. It's worth noting the home team has won each of the last three meetings."
Usayd Koshul — Fireside Bears
Rams 24, Bears 17
"An explosive, new-look Rams offense now led by quarterback Matthew Stafford proves to be too much for a revamped Bears secondary."
Chris Maltby — Beared Down
Rams 31, Bears 17
"Andy Dalton can’t get the offense going, a surprise to nobody. Wake me up when Justin Fields gets the call."
Greg Braggs Jr. — Braggs in the Stands
Rams 27, Bears 10
"Bad news?...Bears lose. Good News?... One more loss and Justin Fields gets the starting nod."
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3 Bears-Rams prop bets to consider
And we ... are ... back!
I did pretty well with these picks last season, but didn't actually bet every single one. That'll change this year as I plan to put $10 on each bet and keep track of how I'm doing.
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Blazed Orange from Hop Butcher
The start of the NFL season also means it's Blazed Orange season at Hop Butcher. The brewery's double milkshake IPA has become one of the most sought-after releases on the Chicago beer calendar and it's all the better that it involves Bears colors. It's brewed with the right amount of orange juice and vanilla to make other Creamsicle beer pale in comparison. Its 7.5% ABV, meanwhile, is enough to make you forget the Sunday scaries while not leaving you feeling awful at work on Monday. Blazed Orange isn't as hard to find as it used to be, so go out and do some legwork before Carrie Underwood does her thing.
The worst celebrity Rams fan
Dude is from Libertyville and one of the biggest Cubs fans around, but he somehow falls for the Fearsome Foursome over Dick Butkus? C'mon man! I think we all know who really wins that Battle of Los Angeles.