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"Can hear that entire game here on ESPN one thousand then coming up around four o'clock today. Steve mongo McMichael, and Fred Hubner. Get you set for the bears biggest game of the season as they host the Rams at Soldier Field. They will be at twin peaks in Orleans. So make sure you had announced two twin peaks and Orleans. If you want to say hi to the guys they will have your bears Rams preview for you. We are doing the same thing as we are now eight hours and just shy of twelve minutes away from kickoff. I'm the lakefront for a game. That's all three of us will be in attendance for it should be chilly out. Boy. Always where some layers. We're going to talk with Lindsay theory will be in attendance as well as she covers the Rams for ESPN LA. We'll do that here in a couple of minutes. But before we get to her before we bring her in your thoughts gentlemen, as we are again anxiously awaiting the start of tonight's marquee match up on the NFL slate, Jeff as we take a look at this game Rams at bears. The one thing that I point to some keys at the bears need to do to get a victory tonight. I would look for the bears have to get an early lead. And I know that both teams are going to score a lot of points. But I think this bears team specifically plays better from ahead. And when they get a lead early allows the defense opin their ears back go after the quarterback. So I think getting a lead early will be super important tonight. I think second the secondary needs to keep the wide receivers for the LA Rams in front of them. Don't let any deep plays over the top with cooks and woods and make it difficult for the Rams to go down the field. Multiple plays time a possess. Session make them work for the scoring that they will eventually have throughout the game. So the secondary needs a key players in front of them tonight. And then also Mitch needs to be accurate. We need to see him be a good in probably the best. He needs to play all year for the bears. Beat the Rams tonight to me it's fourth quarter defense in the fourth quarter and overtime of the season. So far this number one ranked defense according to Devi away is last in yards per play lasts in yards per game. Twenty ninth I believe in points per game allowed. They not not been great last in time of possession allowed. So they allow the the the the opposing offense to keep the ball. Last in first downs allowed in the fourth quarter and overtime of game. So far this season. So this number one ranked defense, according to Devi a in the NFL has been atrocious has been one of the worst the worst defense in the league in the fourth quarter and against easy competition that they face so far this season. You can get away with that. You can play coverage. You can play you know, in in worry. What do you call it not worry about as many yards and do the bend don't break and all that kind of stuff? That's fine. But when you have to play teams like the Rams when you end up in the playoffs, and you have to play these playoff teams like if you might have to play the saints or the Cowboys or whoever these games are won and lost in the fourth quarter. Like, you have to be able to hold teams you have to be able to prevent you from scoring late. And if you can't do that, you're not going to be a good football team. You can have all the great stats as a defense and all the takeaways that you want as a defense. But if you can't stop teams in the fourth quarter, it's going to cost you games and it cost him game. It cost them the game last week, and he could cost them tonight. And I don't wanna see that. So for me. That's the biggest thing is the fourth quarter defense at how they respond to losing to the giants last week. Everybody's focused on the match up the bears uniquely explosive defense taking on what is probably alongside the chiefs. The most dynamic offense in the Rams and all football. And a man who is well aware of the matchup problems that Khalil Mack or excuse me. Khalil Mack can make well don't start with that. Well, we'll get to that in a little bit. But Sean McVay talked about the impact that can have on a game. When you look at a lot of these defensive lineman. I think one of the things that separates them from a lot of the guys is he's playing almost every snap. You know, a lot of these guys are kind of just in and out situational pass rushers and he plays with with great urgency and juice every single play. You know, he's playing the run. He's got an unbelievable ability to kind of have a hesitation get off. And then come underneath. And then before you know, it it's a double swipe he's up the field. You know, he's got a an array of different ways that he can beat you. And you feel the length when he long arms people, but he can really bend and turn an edge. And then when he gets closer to the quarterback. I mean, he is violently attacking that football. And that really goes for all of their defensive linemen and their linebackers and secondary players. So he's an extra. Player. But but I think it's a it's that combination that you see Gary of when the talent matches up with just the intrinsic motivation that compete hard every snap. And when you're playing almost every snap. He's gotta be accounted for and and you know, you gotta know where he is. Because they do a nice job moving them around as well. A long impressive breakdown by Sean McVeigh, something we've were starting to become a little more familiar with here in Chicago because Matt Nagy is more than willing to share his thoughts on the Ponant, and what he's trying to do and somebody who's been familiar with what Sean McVay does what he brings to the table is Lindsay theory. She covers the Rams for ESPN. And she joins us now on ESPN one thousand Lindsey how're you doing today. Guys. How's it going pretty good? So what do you think is in store for the Rams today as they visit Scholtz Soldier Field with cold weather playing a factor tonight? I definitely think it's going to be their toughest test yet as far as a great defense. Obviously they played the chiefs. But that was really coming down to a shootout. This is really coming down to whether or not the Rams can effectively moved the ball against one of the status defenses in the NFL. Which would really be a great challenge. The weather is not something that I was so concerned about them. But I will have to say that the walking around for a few minutes last night. I'm a little more concerned. The Rams did go to Denver in October. I was knowing right up until kickoff though, they have experience playing pretty cold temperatures. But this might be next level tonight. Lindsay when covering this Rams team and covering Sean McVay. What is the most impressive thing you've seen from him in and being able to develop the culture, the phone culture. They have with this LA Rams team. Yeah. I think Sean really just came in from day one and made it very clear what his expectations were. Player number one through guy number fifty three down to the practice squad. The waiting really changed the culture with something to watch. Because this group was kinda used to doing whatever it wanted under Jeff Fisher in the back that Sean was so young was able to come in get guys to bind to what he was freaking. And the reason why do that because he's just he's so smart football. You heard him talking. He could talk to the defense players about the nuances of their positions. Knows the offense in and out. He can go to special teams and be effective there, though, a lot what his guys to buying was just his knowledge of the gate. What does a healthy keeps a Li bring to this the defense that they've been missing. I know he played a little bit last week. But what does this? What does he add facing Mitchell Trubisky and the rest of the bears offense? Yeah. He has a while. You know, something that he ran second. Jerry in particular was kind of missing what's really solid communication and part of the reason why he rolled main reason I wanted to go to the Rams, and so he could reunite with Wade Phillips on that three four defense is something he's really familiar with. So how did he back on the field? It's just going to allow for perhaps market Peter to begin better position to make some plays. If it's going to allow them to be on the same page. I mean, you can go to back one of the most gathering moments in the Rams season. It looks when drew Brees expose them and completed a seventy two yard cast. And if you saw right during the snap, the secondary will try to communicate and figure out what's going on. So keep not only comes in as a as a playmaker. But really a guy who can bring that unit together. Lindsey theory joining us on ESPN one thousand she covers the Rams for ESPN Lindsey. It's interesting watching the Rams from afar. Espec- especially from the Chicago perspective because. It's been talked about ad nauseam the mirror image the bears. Kind of our to the Rams if you look at the hiring of Sean McVay, a young head coach who's able to communicate effectively with a young quarterback and bring him along in his offense. And then of course, you look in Sean McVay kind of sets the defense aside and says Wade Phillips, you go do your thing. And you take care of that. Meanwhile, the bears have mimic that with Matt Nagy and of course, leading Vic Fangio run the defense. I'm just curious what you've seen in year two from Sean McVay as the head coach with Wade Phillips alongside that maybe is I don't know if it's a step up or just more nuanced that you've seen in year two anything different about the second season. Because look in Chicago, we're curious to see what we might see next year. Yeah. I don't think there's anything to different. I think it's just a growing, you know, level of comfort with everybody. You know, you see Sean method do is weekly news conferences, and then Wade will come up and poke fun at Sean, but they just kind of a growth of their relationship. Those two guys were obviously familiar with each other before they joined the same staff, but I don't I don't think that as far as scheme or anything like that is different. I don't think their approach is different. I think it's just a matter of them becoming more and more comfortable with each other. What was the biggest thing that Jared Goff worked on improved from his rookie season to his second year in the NFL? From his rookie season. His Lindsay because the thing that we always noticed was like jerk Goff when he first got into the NFL under Jeff Fisher. He looked like a quarterback that she didn't belong in shouldn't be starting for an NFL team. And it seemed like from year one year two under Shaw McVeigh things just developed so quickly to wear now. People talk about him as an MVP candidate at what is the development been like for Jared Goff. Yeah. It's been rapid, Sean McVay. You know, his rookie season. You can't totally discount it, but by large I kind of discounted. I mean that offense was absolutely horrendous. Under Jeff Fisher, nobody has success and you look at Todd Gurley. He didn't rush for over one hundred yards in a single game that season so to think of Jared rookie season as the boss is kind of acceptable. But it really wasn't a reflection of who he is. So with Sean McVay, obviously McVay does a lot of stuff that put it the offense an individual to have success and that includes Jared Goff. You know, he keeps his eyes down the field. This season makes going through progressions a lot quicker. He's diagnosing the defensive before he on the balls even nap. So it's kind of a natural quarterback maturation, and he's always had the arm strength. Is he always had the toughness to stand there in the pocket? So I think with Sean McVay is coach he's playing in a in a system that he believes in. And I think that the entire offense is just operating on at the next level. Versus you. Go back to two thousand sixteen nothing was working, and that's not exclusive to Jared. How are they prepared? Or what is the talk of been about probably their biggest test so far for their offense facing the bears defense. Pretty calm about it. I mean, they know that they are going to have to keep Dr Khalil Mack every single play as Shawn said in that by you guys gold minutes earlier what's different about him as he is on the field almost every single snap. I'm so they are very aware of hyper aware that before the snap. They need to locate him. But as far as what they're going to do, you know, Jerry told me earlier this week that they're just going to go out there and do what they've done all season. No, they can't start worrying about where they're gonna throw the ball or how they're going to execute their plays knowing that the me that the bear secondary. In a leads the NFL and interceptions. They have to go out and do what they do and and kind of react accordingly. Lindsay I've made the argument that the this game is actually bigger for the Rams than it is for the bears simply because homefield advantage for them is critical that so much because it's not that. I don't think the Rams can beat anybody in the NFL, but more so than anything avoiding having to go back to New Orleans and potentially play them at the Mercedes Benz dome in the playoffs would be huge. Because the saints are just there's there's so much better when they're at home versus the versus anywhere else on the road. So I'm just curious. Have you noticed at all from your talk with the players or the coaching staff once the saints actually lost to the Cowboys.."