The Chicago Bears entered Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Rams with their share of doubters about their legitimacy, and they no doubt will leave California with even more after a 24-10 loss on national television.
The Bears offense didn’t find the end zone, and they trailed by 21 before safety Eddie Jackson scored on a fumble return with 7 minutes, 35 seconds to play.
The Bears squandered several opportunities at a comeback after the Rams led 10-3 at halftime.
Quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions, the first when Troy Hill broke up a pass intended for Darnell Mooney late in the third quarter. Taylor Rapp intercepted it in the end zone to end the scoring threat.
Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey had the second pick late in the fourth quarter on a pass intended for Jimmy Graham as the Bears tried to keep their comeback hopes alive.
On the Bears’ previous drive, Justin Hollins sacked Foles for an 8-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 4, and the Bears turned the ball over on downs.
Foles completed 28 of 40 passes for 261 yards with no touchdowns and the two interceptions. He was sacked four times, twice by former Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Jackson’s sixth career defensive touchdown — after two previous scores this season were called back because of penalties — on Robert Quinn’s forced fumble was one of the few highlights for the Bears. Roy Robertson-Harris also blocked Rams kicker Samuel Sloman’s 48-yard field-goal attempt early in the fourth quarter.
But those plays weren’t nearly enough for the Bears to prove they are a playoff-caliber team as they dropped to 5-2.
The Rams were the first team to score more than 20 points against the Bears defense since the Falcons scored 26 in Week 3. They rushed for 166 yards, led by Darrell Henderson’s 64 yards on 15 carries.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 23 of 33 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Bears center Cody Whitehair left the game with a calf injury and didn’t return, and wide receiver Allen Robinson was evaluated for a concussion late in the game.
Inactives: Khalil Mack playing despite back injury
Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack will play against the Rams after he was listed as questionable Saturday because of a back injury. Coach Matt Nagy characterized the back issue as “soreness.”
Also active for the Bears after being listed as questionable are cornerback Buster Skrine, safety Deon Bush and offensive linemen Rashaad Coward and Jason Spriggs.
Special teamer Sherrick McManis is out with a hamstring injury. Running back Artavis Pierce, wide receiver Riley Ridley, offensive lineman Arlington Hambright and outside linebacker Trevis Gipson are also inactive.
For the Rams, running back Xavier Jones, wide receiver Trishton Jackson, tight end Tyler Higbee, offensive lineman Brian Allen and kicker Kai Forbath are inactive.
1st quarter: Jared Goff and Rams strike first
Jared Goff’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds put the Rams up 7-0 against the Bears with 4:01 to play in the first quarter.
The Rams started the drive with good field position at their 48-yard line after the Bears advanced only to the 12 on their previous drive.
Goff got the drive going with back-to-back passes of 16 yards to Gerald Everett and 14 yards to Van Jefferson. He completed 5 of 6 passes on the seven-play drive that took 2:38 off the clock.
2nd quarter: Big play to Cole Kmet sets up field goal
Bears kicker Cairo Santos made a 42-yard field goal to cut the Rams lead to 7-3 with 14:13 to play in the second quarter.