The Chicago Bears proved to everyone around the NFL that they're a Super Bowl contender with their win against the Los Angeles Rams during Sunday night's game.
The final score was 15 to 6 for the Bears, they controlled the entire game from start to finish. In what was a very defensive game, it was the Bears' defense that got them the victory.
Jared Goff threw four interceptions and was also sacked three times, with one of those sacks resulting in a safety. The drive following the safety led to the Bears scoring the game-winning touchdown.
Following this game, the Rams average points per game dropped to 32.7. The Bears' defense now leads the league in interceptions and touchdowns. They also rank fourth in the league in sacks.
The Bears running game was the second reason why they won this game. Jordan Howard had one of his best performances on the season. He rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries. While Tarik Cohen also had a very productive outing as well.
Cohen received nine carries and rushed for 69 yards, while also producing four catches for 20 yards. He has been a big reason why this offense has had so much success. So far this season, he is averaging 29.5 rushing and 52.2 receiving yards per game.
The performances of their running game and their defense is what made them stand out as a real Super Bowl contender this past Sunday. They were able to shut down one of the top offenses in the NFL, which no other team has been able to do this season.
Even when Mitch Trubisky was unable to create a rhythm in the passing game, they were still able to be successful on offense with their running game. They also showed how reliant they are on their defense to control the game for them.
With the win against the Rams, the Bears now own a record of 9-4. With that record, they have a very good chance at holding on and winning the division. Regardless of what the second place Minnesota Vikings do, if the Bears can win two of their remaining three games, then they will clinch the division.
But as long as the Bears make the playoffs, which it looks like they definitely will, they have just proven themselves to be a team that no one will want to face during the playoffs.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The Bears defense is easily a top-two in the NFL, along with the Baltimore Ravens. They proved that their defense can carry them a long way, even with their offense not performing at a 100 percent yet.
This was also Trubisky's first game back from injury and looked decent, but the three interceptions are definitely something he needs to improve on. But, if their defense continues to perform as they did against the Rams, they should have no problem making a deep playoff run this January.