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Week 11 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 7, Los Angeles Rams 17

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Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky was pulled from the game against the Rams in the fourth quarter, with what was purported to hip injury. Trubisky was again disastrous, holding back the offense and looking skittish throughout the game. Allen Robinson drew a lot of coverage from Jalen Ramsey and produced one of his worst games of the season. David Montgomery played in the game after being a game-time decision with an ankle injury, but Tarik Cohen was the more productive running back.

Los Angeles Rams

While notching the win in Week 11, it was the Rams defense controlling the game not their offense carrying the load. The Rams offense shrunk with a ball-control approach, leaning on Todd Gurley with 28 touches as Jared Goff threw a mere 18 passes, three of which were to Gurley. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods both missed the game and Cooper Kupp and Gerald Everett saw a total of four targets in the quizzical distribution of looks. The Rams will need far more firepower from their offense against Baltimore next week.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 43 - 190 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0
Mitchell Trubisky was pulled from the game against the Rams on Sunday in the fourth quarter with what the broadcast said was a hip injury. Trubisky was bad throughout the game, a consistent trend in his play this season. He was inaccurate in this throws and was skittish in the pocket throughout the game. Trubisky has consistently looked like a quarterback who has lost his confidence and nerve, which continued against the Rams. He did manage a touchdown on a back-shoulder throw to Tarik Cohen but otherwise provided little fantasy value. Despite a plethora of bad throws, Trubisky’s interception was not his fault as the ball was tipped into the air for an interception by his receiver. Trubisky has a good matchup next week against the Giants if he is not benched in favor of Chase Daniel.

QB Chase Daniel, 7 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 4 - 9 - 0 TD / 0 INT
Chase Daniel came in to replace Mitchell Trubisky late in the fourth quarter against the Rams on Sunday. Daniel was under pressure on the lone series he played and completed only one of his four passing attempts. The Bears face a Giants defense that has struggled this season, so Daniel will have viability if he replaces Mitchell Trubisky as Chicago’s starters.

RB David Montgomery, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 31 - 0, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (3 targets)
David Montgomery started for the Bears after a midweek ankle injury that left him a game-time decision. Montgomery struggled to find interior room to run against a Rams defense that overwhelmed Chicago’s offensive line. Montgomery caught a ball in the flat and was able to turn the ball upfield for a run after the catch in an open runway. He did lose time to Tarik Cohen who saw extended time in a traditional running back role and carried the ball nine times. The Chicago offense is very limited and Montgomery has a hard time creating a rhythm or successful opportunities. He will get a good matchup next week against the Giants next week.

RB Tarik Cohen, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 39 - 0, Rec: 5 - 35 - 1 (6 targets)
Tarik Cohen had a large role in the Chicago offense on Sunday against the Rams. Cohen saw nine carries and played as the lead back in the offensive extensively in the second quarter but struggled behind an offensive line that was overwhelmed against the Rams’ defensive line. Cohen was used in the passing game, including lining up in the slot and drew nine targets and had a highlight back shoulder reception for a touchdown. Cohen’s other targets were limited by Mitchell Trubisky’s inaccuracy that caps Cohen’s ability to make plays after the catch. Cohen will face the Giants next week and would benefit from Chase Daniel starting in place of Trubisky.

WR Taylor Gabriel, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 57 - 0 (14 targets)
Taylor Gabriel led the Bears with 14 targets against the Rams on Sunday. Gabriel was a featured part of the offense because Jalen Ramsey shadowed Allen Robinson while Mitchell Trubisky found every excuse to check down during the game. Despite the big workload, Gabriel provided little value, because he dropped multiple passes and his receptions were typically off-target, which provided little opportunity to run after the catch. Trubisky was benched at the end of the game, so his status is important to watch during the week as the Giants have a good matchup next week against the Giants.

WR Anthony Miller, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 54 - 0 (11 targets)
Anthony Miller was the second most targeted Chicago receiver with 11 targets. His work was largely confined to the short passing game as Mitchell Trubisky frequently checked down during the game but missed a big opportunity down the seam where he broke open but a defender made a strong play to break the ball up. Miller will face the Giants next week.

WR Allen Robinson, 75 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 15 - 0 (6 targets)
Allen Robinson struggled against the Rams on Sunday. The struggles were a combination of poor performance, poor quarterback play, and Jalen Ramsey’s coverage. Robinson had a drop and a miscommunication with Mitchell Trubisky on a back shoulder throw. Trubisky struggled throughout the game and has shown an inability to throw to Robinson in tight coverage, which was a bad combination in a game where he was frequently matched up against Ramsey. Trubisky was pulled for Chase Daniel at the end of the game which is a storyline to watch during the week as Robinson faces the Giants next week.

Los Angeles Rams

QB Jared Goff, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 11 - 18 - 173 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 3 - 0
The air came out of the Rams’ offense in the defensive-minded win over the Bears. Goff threw just 18 passes as the offense was without Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods of note. Goff derailed a promising opening drive with a rollout touchdown and had a near-interception on another early throw, late on a sideline target. Goff also missed a wide-open Josh Reynolds on a deeper crossing route of note. Goff did have his moments with quality throws, however, especially later in the game. Goff broke the game open with a deep post touchdown to Josh Reynolds, but it was called back by penalty. In the closing minutes, Goff had a big time throw to Gerald Everett on his back shoulder with perfect timing and accuracy, the pair’s lone connection (and target) of the game. The schedule softens with the Ravens, Cardinals, and Seahawks next for the Rams offense. Getting weapons back will be key for Goff to rebound after two games of no touchdown and three total interceptions of late.

RB Todd Gurley, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 25 - 97 - 1, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (3 targets)
Gurley returned to workhorse usage in Week 11 in the low-scoring and ball-control home win. The Rams were without Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods notably out of the lineup. Gurley saw 28 touches, by far a season high as he churned out more than 130 total yards. Gurley lost a fumble on the opening carry of the game, but otherwise was the sustaining force for the Rams offense. Gurley’s burst through the line of scrimmage and sharp cuts were trademark elements to his successful runs, plus he added a reception in the flat for more than 20 yards. The Rams’ offensive line had one of the better efforts of the season as a run-blocking unit.

RB Malcolm Brown, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 15 - 1
Brown was the primary backup to Todd Gurley’s workhorse role against the Bears with a strong snap advantage over rookie Darrell Henderson. Brown did not find the field until the mid-second quarter but notably powered in for a goal line touchdown in the closing minutes of the game.

WR Josh Reynolds, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -5 - 0, Rec: 3 - 55 - 0 (6 targets)
Reynolds doubled any other Rams receiver in targets, six, in the low volume passing attack against the Bears. Reynolds had a long touchdown called back by penalty and a wide-open deep crossing route missed by an errant Jared Goff throw. Reynolds had a huge third-down conversion late in the game amidst some of his missed opportunities. Reynolds benefitted from no Robert Woods or Brandin Cooks in the lineup this week.

WR Cooper Kupp, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 53 - 0 (3 targets)
Kupp saw a mere three targets after his no-show box score from a week ago. The Rams’ ball-control offense and only 18 pass attempts siphoned a potential bounce-back for Kupp, who did not see a target until nearly halftime. Kupp nearly scored on his lone notable big play, coming wide open on a deep route and stretching for the end zone. Kupp was originally ruled a touchdown but on review stepped out at the one-yard-line, fortunate for Kupp as he also fumbled as the play was completed. Kupp fumbled on a screen reception, but the Rams recovered and Kupp logged a false start penalty in the game. Despite all the missed opportunities, Kupp had a deep crossing route reception called back by penalty which would have pushed him close to 80 yards on the game.

TE Gerald Everett, 14 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 20 - 0 (1 targets)
Everett quizzically saw only one target against the Bears despite Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks being out of the lineup. Everett’s lone opportunity came in the closing minutes of a tight game with a highlight back-shoulder reception from Jared Goff down to the goal line. The pair exhibited perfect timing and chemistry on the play as the Rams ultimately scored a touchdown to essentially ice the game.