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NFL Week 11 PFF ReFocused: Los Angeles Rams 17, Chicago Bears 7

It wasn't pretty, but the Los Angeles Rams still came out of Sunday Night Football with a 17-7 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 11.

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Final Score

Los Angeles Rams 17, Chicago Bears 7

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams only attempted 18 official passes, but Jared Goff was very efficient after his interception early in the game. He made up for that error with some pinpoint passes, including his 51-yard strike to Josh Reynolds that was nullified by an illegal formation penalty.

The Rams' offensive line was by no means perfect against Chicago, the unit played much better compared to previous weeks. Rookie David Edwards should finish reviews with high marks in pass protection.

Aaron Donald was a man among boys on Sunday night. Nearly every time he had a one-on-one matchup, he won quickly and decisively. In addition to getting into the backfield seemingly at will, Donald also was active at batting passes around the line of scrimmage, and he was effective whenever Chicago attempted to run the ball his way.

It wasn't just Donald along that defensive line that wreaked havoc. Both Morgan Fox and Sebastian Joseph-Day had strong performances, as well. Fox was especially effective as a pass-rusher, and Joseph-Day did most of his work in run defense. All in all, the Rams' interior pass-rush feasted on Chicago's offensive line.

Chicago Bears

Khalil Mack and the Bears' pass-rush was nullified by the Rams' use of play-action and a high run-pass ratio. However, even when the Rams called pass plays with standard dropbacks, Chicago's pass-rushers struggled to apply pressure and allowed Goff to have all day in the pocket.

Eddie Jackson has had a quieter season than most expect after his breakout season in 2018. However, against the Rams, he was very effective against the run. Jackson forced a fumble on the very first play of the game, and that set the tone for his play.

This wasn't a great game from Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He recorded zero big-time throws, offered little as a runner and connected on just a few passes of 10-plus air yards. But the offensive struggles weren't solely on him. Trubisky didn't make any turnover-worthy plays and was under fire from the Rams' pass-rush all game long.

The Bears' offensive line had no answers for Donald. Both offensive guards for Chicago – James Daniels at left guard and Rashaad Coward at right guard – were almost guaranteed to surrender a pressure on any snap where they were matched up one-on-one against Donald.

Cris Collinsworth

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