Bears-Rams matchup has familiar feel

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Chicago Bears will be hosting the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday night at Soldier Field and Bears fans are both excited and nervous.

And for good reason.

The Rams are the number one seeded team in the NFC with a record of 11-1. The Bears hold the 3rd seed spot at 8-4 and currently first in the NFC North division.

With Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back under center, after he sustained a shoulder injury against the Minnesota Vikings, it will be interesting to see what kind of game churns out. Currently, the Bears have a 5-1 record at home and fans have been coming out in droves to bring some noise to opposing teams.

However, this game has a familiar feel to it. It reminds me of the 1982 game between these two teams that had a surprising outcome. And no, it did not end with a field goal or overtime heartbreak.

In 1982, the Chicago Bears introduced their number one draft pick, quarterback Jim McMahon to Bear Nation. It was his rookie season and despite a record of just 3-6 that season, it was the game against the Rams (1-7) that showed what was in store for the storied franchise under first-year coach Mike Ditka and a rookie QB. Sound familiar?

This wasn’t a home game but a road game to Anaheim. Veteran Rams QB Vince Ferragamo took the stage to throw for over 500 yards that day. But despite the phenomenal day wide receiver George Farmer was having, it was the Bears who came to play in all phases.

McMahon stood poised in the pocket, moving around when needed and even rushed for 27 yards. He threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns. His first TD was to his favorite target, tight end Emery Moorehead who could run-catch like nobody’s business. And of course, no game would be complete without a TD from legendary running back Walter Payton, who also ran for over 100 yards that day.

The rest of the points game from RB Matt Suhey, wide receiver Ken Margerum and kicker Bob Thomas. It wasn’t until the Bears defense shifted the momentum with two interceptions, one from defensive back Gary Fencik and the other from DB Jeff Fisher for 19 yards. That’s right, THE Jeff Fisher who used to be the head coach of the L.A. Rams!

The Bears won that game 34-26, despite the fact that the Rams were the 3 point favorites. Oh and that game was also on Sunday Night! The similarities are uncanny.

Even though RB Tarik Cohen is no Payton, who can surely follow in his footsteps and run all over the Rams defense if head Coach Matt Nagy sticks to the run game. Trubisky has his go-to tight ends in Adam Shaheen and  Trey Burton and Jordan Howard can be that big blocking, goal-line RB the Bears need.

I expect a more solid Bears defense than the 1982 bunch to ball out with gusto and pressure QB Jared Goff, while holding RB Todd Gurley to less than 100 yards. Despite the temperatures expected in the low 30’s with the chill off of Lake Michigan, Bears fans will fill the stadium.

Bears win 28-27 in a close one. Bear Down Chicago Bears!

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