With Super Bowl expectations and a new quarterback under center, the Los Angeles Rams will begin their season at home against the Chicago Bears. They’d love for the season to come full circle, starting at SoFi Stadium on Sunday night and ending in the same building on February 13 in Super Bowl LVI. The team isn’t looking too far ahead, however, and is taking things one week at a time. So up first: Andy Dalton, Matt Nagy and the Bears. The Rams come in as 7.5-point favorites, the second-biggest spread of the opening week of games. It’s a game they should clearly win, especially being at home in front of what should be a raucous crowd in the first regular-season game with fans at SoFi Stadium.
Chicago knows the former Lions quarterback well, having faced him 20 times before. Stafford went 11-9 against the Bears in his career, a record he hopes to add one more victory to on Sunday night. A slow start for the Rams offense is possible. Stafford hasn’t played a game yet with his receivers and Brian Allen only took over as the starting center in the middle of training camp. So undoubtedly, his chemistry with both will grow as the season goes on, making it possible that there will be some kinks to work out in the opener.