NFL: New QB Stafford leads the Rams to an easy home win over the Bears
Inglewood, California - The Los Angeles Rams made their 2021 NFL regular-season debut with a new quarterback and cruised to an impressive Sunday night win over the Chicago Bears.
Matthew Stafford (33) made the first start of his NFL career as a Ram in quite the coming-out party as he led LA to a huge 34-14 win over the Bears for their first win of the season.
Stafford is the Rams' preferred starter after coming over from the Detroit Lions in an offseason trade that sent former Rams QB Jared Goff packing in return.
It appears that Stafford has settled in very well as he finished the game 20 for 26 passing, 321 yards, and three touchdowns. He carved up Chicago’s defense all game long.
With just his second career pass as a Rams player, Stafford threw a spectacular 67-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, who posted a game-high 108 receiving yards, also caught a touchdown pass.
LA's offense was firing on all cylinders as they put up points in the first six possessions of the game.
The Bears, on the other hand, found themselves constantly playing catch-up, never having a lead at any point during the game.
NFL veteran Andy Dalton made his first start with the Bears after spending time in Cincinnati and Dallas before making his way to Chicago. He went 27 for 38, 206 yards, and had an interception, while his rookie counterpart, the 11th overall draft pick Justin Fields, completed both his pass attempts and rushed for his first career NFL touchdown.
Bears running back David Montgomery added 108 rushing yards and a touchdown, but it just wasn’t enough to really make a dent in the Rams’ game plan.
Next Sunday, the Rams head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts and the Bears will head home to host the Bengals.
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