Chicago Bears: Blueprint to beating Rams in Week 11

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Special teams unit needs to play well

This game could be a low scoring one. With both offenses struggling, the two defenses could have big performances. Therefore, this could be a game of field position and a field goal could make the difference.

The special teams unit needs to play well. Pat O’Donnell is having an excellent season punting the ball. His average of 45.5 yards per punt ranks second in the league. He even boomed a punt a league-high 75 yards.

O’Donnell needs to continue to do this. If he can pin the Rams deep in their territory, the defense can make an impact and put the pressure on the Rams offense.

Cordarrelle Patterson leads the league in the number of returns, return yards, and has the only kickoff return touchdowns this season. If he could get good chunks of kickoff yards he could give the offense good field position. If he could get a touchdown, he makes winning the game easier to do.

Eddy Pineiro needs to come through. This is another game that could rest on his leg. He was having a good season up until the Los Angeles Chargers game, where he missed two field-goal attempts, including the game-winner. He also missed an extra point attempt against the Lions that loomed large.

Pineiro needs to have a clear mind and do his job. In terms of game-winning field goals, he is 1-of-1. He made his attempt in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos. Perhaps being on the road helps him concentrate more since he hasn’t missed an attempt on the road. He needs to keep that going if the Bears hope to come away with a victory.