Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Bears

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things to Watch: Rams vs. Bears

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A knee injury prevents DE Chris Long from going head-to-head with his younger brother, Bears RT Kyle Long. Instead, it's veteran William Hayes lining up over Kyle. The two have a history. Two years ago in St. Louis, Hayes got under Kyle's skin to the point where he shoved Hayes down from behind, then jumped onto Hayes, drawing a penalty. "Kyle's a little hot-headed, so it's easy to get to him," Hayes said, smiling. "Kyle's a good friend of mine, but he knows come Sunday I'm gonna try my best to get up under skin."


First-round draft pick Kevin White remains on the PUP list following surgery to repair a stress fracture of the left tibia. Veteran Eddie Royal misses his second straight game with a knee injury. When it comes to wideouts, that leaves the Chicago passing game in the hands of Alshon Jeffery. He's a big target (6-3, 216) and a master at coming down with contested balls. He has been targeted a whopping 42 times over the past 3 games with 28 catches for 414 yards in those contests, but is questionable with a groin injury.


Two-time Pro Bowler Matt Forte is expected to miss his second straight game with a knee injury, but Jeremy Langford proved to be a more than capable replacement Monday against San Diego. The rookie from Michigan State accounted for 142 yards rushing/receiving (and a TD) vs. the Chargers. Whereas Forte is more of a smooth, gliding runner, Langford hits the hole hard, showing good burst and acceleration. Beware of him in the passing game; the Bears already are using him in a variety of ways.


Under new offensive coordinator Adam Gase and QBs coach Dowell Loggains, Jay Cutler is playing more efficient, savvy football and minimizing mistakes. Last season under the previous coaching regime, Cutler had 24 turnovers via either an INT or lost fumble. …

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