Currently tied with the Seattle Seahawks at 3-2, the San Francisco 49ers have an opportunity to move ahead of their bitter rival, and tie with the Arizona Cardinals (4-1) in win total, by beating the 1-3 St. Louis Rams tonight.
The Rams' lone victory came in week 2 in a 19-17 away win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; since then they've narrowly lost at home to the Dallas Cowboys (34-31), and then lost on the road 28-34 to the Philadelphia Eagles despite coming off a bye week. Second-year quarterback Austin Davis has been surprisingly effective in the last three games despite two of them being losses, racking up passer ratings of 98.0 or higher in each - albeit with the caveat that they haven't been against the most robust defenses.
That changes tonight, with a 49ers' defense that's forced six turnovers in the past three games and that is ranked second in yardage allowed per game, holding opponents to an average of under 74 yards per game on the ground. The 49ers come into the game on a back of two straight wins, a 21-26 home victory against the Eagles and a 17-22 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, also at Levi's Stadium.
From a purely Bears viewpoint, both teams have already played the only NFC North opponent they'll face this season, so the only real rooting interest is in taking wins off a potential rival for a wildcard spot come the playoffs... go Rams!
As our own Steven Schweickert would say,
I'm never drinking that much at a Bears game ever again Open Thread Responsibly (Tm)!