That Was The Worst Game Of Jared Goff's Career

"Anybody who watched Goff play in his first year knows that that’s no small statement"

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 10, 2018 - 9:15 am

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In a battle of the NFC’s elite, the Chicago Bears dominated the Los Angeles Rams, 15-6, on Sunday night in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.

The Rams (11-2), with perhaps the best offense in the NFL, were held out of the end zone altogether and held scoreless after halftime. The Bears limited Jared Goff to 180 passing yards on 44 attempts, picked him off four times and sacked him three times.

It was complete and utter domination.

“The defense was unlike any performance they’ve put together all year – and the Bears defense has been really dominant at times,” Chicago Sun-Times Bears reporter Patrick Finley said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It was the worst game he’s ever played as a pro – and anybody who watched Goff play in his first year knows that that’s no small statement. The Bears were simply dominant. The weather helped. The home crowd helped. But they showed, I think, that in this year of offense and this revolutionary offensive time, a really good defense can still get you pretty far.”

Todd Gurley, meanwhile, was limited to 11 carries for 28 yards and three catches for 30 yards. The Rams tried to go to him; it just didn’t work.

“It seemed like he never really got in a rhythm,” Finley said, “and that’s to the Bears’ credit, I think, more than the Rams’ detriment.”

The Bears’ offense, to be fair, wasn’t pretty. Mitchell Trubisky finished 16-of-30 for 110 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, but the ground game got it done. Chicago rushed 35 times for 194 yards, with Jordan Howard’s 19 carries for 101 yards leading the way.

All in all, it was a great night for Chicago (9-4)

“They were very happy,” Finley said. “They were probably as relieved and happy as I’ve seen them all year. They’ve got a young team. They’ve got a team that’s not used to winning. To beat a team like this, I think the coaching staff is intrigued to see whether it unlocks something even further, that extra jolt of confidence can take them over the top.”

Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had their way with the Rams’ offensive line, pressuring – and hitting – Jared Goff early and often.

“(Mack) brought their defense up from pretty solid to potentially game-changing – and I think tonight you saw that they can take over a game,” Finley said. “Whether that works in the playoffs, I don’t know, but man, they must be excited to find out.”

The Bears host the Packers (5-7-1) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Green Bay beat Chicago at Lambeau, 24-23, in Week 1.