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Bears-Rams matchup offers playoff implications in Week 11

The Bears and Rams face off in a matchup with playoff implications.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 17-12. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears and Rams both come into their Week 11 Sunday Night Football matchup in desperate need of a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Chicago managed to beat the Stafford-less Lions last week to close in on .500 but at 4-5, still 2.5, and four games behind the Vikings and Packers, respectively, in the NFC North. They’ll need to get on a winning streak and fast.

The Rams have a winning record at 5-4 but are also in one of the toughest divisions in the league, as the 49ers and Seahawks battle for supremacy atop the NFC West. The odds are long for the Rams as they face the Ravens, Seahawks, Cowboys, and 49ers in four of their seven remaining matchups. Their schedule pushes this game into almost must-win status at home against an overall weak opponent.

Both teams’ quarterbacks haven’t lived up to their projections this season, as Mitchell Trubisky has looked lost at times, and Jared Goff can’t seem to manage the pressure his below-average line allows. Trubisky ranks 24th and Goff 28th in QB Rating this season.

If the season ended today, the Rams would miss the playoffs as the “7th seed,” and the Bears would end up as the “10th seed.” Neither team looks poised to take on their division rivals as they fight for the top spot, so they will need to improve and win every winnable game.

We already saw how tough the Rams schedule is, and the Bears future matchups aren’t any better. To end the season, they face the Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs, and Vikings, so they need to sweep their next three games against these Rams, Giants, and Lions to give them any chance.

To Make the Playoffs

Bears: Yes (+1400), No (-3335)
Rams: Yes (+300), No (-385)

Division winner

Bears: +4000 to win NFC North (Packers lead at -225)
Rams: +1600 to win NFC West: (49ers lead at -200)

AFC Champ

Bears: +6600
Rams: +3300

Super Bowl Champ

Bears: +15000
Rams: +6600