The Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams square off Sunday afternoon in Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season.
The contest gets under way at 1 p.m. EDT at Soldier Field. The game will be broadcast on Fox. If you can’t get to a TV or don’t have the game in your local market, you can watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
The Bears are expected to win handily. Chicago is a 7-point favorite at home over St. Louis. Both teams enter the game at 1-1.
The play of Jay Cutler and the Bears offensive line could be the determining factor. In Chicago’s 20-point Week 1 win, their offense was dominant, scoring 41 points. Last week was a completely different story.
Green Bay dominated Chicago on the lines in their Week 2 Thursday night tilt. Cutler was unable to get into a rhythm, as he was sacked seven times and constantly under pressure. Adding to the poor pass protection, the quarterback threw four interceptions and completed just 40.7 percent of his passes.
If the Rams can take advantage of the Bears weakness, they have a chance to pull off the upset. St. Louis has done a good job of forcing their opponents’ quarterbacks into mistakes, intercepting Matt Stafford three times in the opener.
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan will look to stop Brandon Marshall. The wide receiver is the best target Cutler has had since joining Chicago.
Sam Bradford will also go a long way in determining the outcome. After taking a step back in 2011, he’s come out strong in his first two games. Last week’s performance against the Redskins may have been the best of his young career. He threw for 310 yards and three scores on 74.3 percent passing.
Prediction: The Bears came into 2012 with high expectations. They looked like a Super Bowl contender in Week 1, but a mediocre team last week. The Rams are close to being 2-0 and should be able to get to Cutler. With the way Bradford is playing, St. Louis is in prime position to leave Chicago with a victory.
Predicted Score: St. Louis 27, Chicago 20