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WATCH: Bears offense outduels defense in unique practice competition

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WATCH: Bears offense outduels defense in unique practice competition

The Bears offense will welcome the healthy return of quarterback Mitch Trubisky in Sunday's Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints and must build momentum entering a critical stretch of their 2019 schedule.

At 3-2 and with several playoff-caliber opponents on the horizon, the Bears can't afford more of the same from Trubisky and the passing game, one that ranks 30th in the NFL. They'll need more from rookie running back David Montgomery, too, who's averaging just 3.3 yards per carry through his first five games as a pro.

Confidence is key in Chicago's quest for more production. And, look, if it takes winning an egg toss competition in practice in order for the offense to get a morale boost? So be it.

It's unclear in the video who tossed the winning egg. Ironically, or maybe fittingly, it wasn't one of the Bears' quarterbacks.

Trubisky has to take advantage of any touchdown opportunities he gets Sunday against the 10th-ranked Saints defense. Unlike the team's egg-tossing contest, Week 7's outcome may come down to his ability to make the clutch throw. Now's the time for him to prove he can get it done.

Otherwise, the Bears' season will become an omelette of doom, despair and disappointment.

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First and Final Thoughts: The Bears season is hanging by a thread

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First and Final Thoughts: The Bears season is hanging by a thread

Not unlike Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky, it's Year 2 of First and Final Thoughts. Insider JJ Stankevitz and producer Cam Ellis talk about what's on their minds between games.

Final Thoughts on Week 10

Cam Ellis: The Bears held serve on Sunday, which is not especially worth writing home about but still important nonetheless. Losing Danny Trevathan is so brutal, even if Nick Kwiatkoski is a starting-caliber linebacker. Akiem Hicks' personality sort of gravitates him towards leadership on a larger level, but Trevathan was clearly the anchor of the defense when they played on Sunday. Chuck Pagano's got his hands full trying to scheme up a defense without two of their best players in the front seven.  

J.J. Stankevitz: It’s been a weird week in that there hasn’t been much positivity around Chicago after the Bears’ four-game losing streak came to an end, but that’s what happens when you score 20 points against a defense that has allowed 27 points per game before last weekend. The Bears’ offense did that thing where it scores in quick succession against a bad defense, then retreats the rest of the game (as was the case in Week 3 against Washington). So it makes sense that there haven’t been a lot of positive vibes around the Bears — though inside Halas Hall, just getting a win was exactly what this team needed. Because...

First Thoughts on Week 11

Stankevitz: ... The Bears kind of still have a shot at making their 100th season a memorable one. It’s incredibly slim — less than 5 percent, per Football Outsiders — but going into Los Angeles and beating the Rams on Sunday Night Football could be a legitimate spark for the Bears. Forget that the Rams are struggling and that Jason Mendoza, er, Sean McVay intentionally put Blake Bortles in for a few plays in their loss to the Steelers. They’re still the defending NFC Champions and the game is still in primetime, and the Bears would be 5-5 with the Giants and Lions on deck after. So while there was little to be inspired about with the Bears’ win against Detroit last weekend, it’d be a lot easier to talk yourself into this team truly being “in the hunt” for the playoffs if they pull off a win in California. 

Ellis: It's already Week 11! Time flies when you're underachieving during a title window. I actually do think the Bears' season gets interesting if they're able to come out of LA with a win, and given how the Rams have looked since losing in the Super Bowl last season, that's not the monumental task it felt like a calendar year ago. It feels silly to think that the Bears are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but the NFL is weird – the Titans beat Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs last week. The NFC is the stronger conference, but maybe some of that parity actually helps the Bears? Or maybe another loss and this article just never gets optimistic ever again. 

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Bears vs. Rams: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Bears vs. Rams: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

The Bears finally snapped their four-game losing streak in Week 10's win over the Detroit Lions, but Sunday night's matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is the true test for whether this team will make a legitimate playoff run over the next seven weeks.

In fact, it's essentially a playoff game between two clubs that each had Super Bowl aspirations in September. Sunday night's loser will be all but eliminated from the NFC's wild-card race.

It's also a battle between two teams with struggling quarterbacks, both pegged as franchise-caliber passers in their respective draft years. Rams quarterback Jared Goff is fresh off signing a four-year, $134 million contract in September but is having his worst season since his rookie year. He's thrown for 2,610 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions; his 82.7 passer rating is one of the worst among starting quarterbacks and even ranks behind Mitch Trubisky.

Trubisky, who finally flashed some moments worth feeling good about in his three-touchdown game against the Lions, is still an incomplete evaluation now 2.5 seasons into his career. How he performs under the intense pressure that will come along with this final seven-game stretch could ultimately determine whether he remains in Chicago's plans moving forward.

Here are all the ways you can catch Trubisky and the Bears as they take on Goff and the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday night:

Chicago Bears (4-5) vs. Los Angeles Rams (5-4)

Date: Sunday, November 17
Time: 7:20 p.m. CT
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Collesium | Los Angeles, CA
TV: NBC

NBC Sports Chicago Coverage
Football Aftershow at the conclusion of the game

Announcers
Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth

Stream

Sunday Night Football on NBC

Radio

WBBM 780 (Chicago) and 105.9 FM

Satellite Radio

Bears feed: 805

Rams feed:  817

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