Sunday Night Football 2019: Where to Watch Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams, TV Channel, Live Stream, Odds

A year ago the Los Angeles Rams were well on their way to a 13-3 season, which would eventually culminate in an NFC Championship and a loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

Less than 12 months on, the Rams have already lost more games than they did in the whole of last season and languish in third place in the NFC West with a 5-4 record.

The 17-12 loss in Pittsburgh in Week 10 dealt another major blow to Los Angeles' hopes of reaching the playoffs this season and put a struggling offense under the microscope not for the first time this year.

According to FiveThirtyEight statistical projections, the Rams have just a 22 percent chance of making the playoffs after the Seattle Seahawks ended the San Francisco 49ers' unbeaten record on Monday night.

The Rams' two divisional rivals have dominated the NFC West this season, with San Francisco occupying top spot with an 8-1 record and Seattle slightly behind at 8-2.

A loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football would all but extinguish the Rams' already faint hopes of playing football in January.

To avoid missing the playoffs for only the second time since the franchise returned to Los Angeles, the Rams must address their offensive issues.

Hailed as a tactical genius in his first two seasons with the franchise, Sean McVay's offense appears to have been found out.

The Rams are 10th in the NFL in terms of scoring offense but haven't scored a touchdown in the last 19 drives, advancing the ball inside their opponents' 10-yard line just once over those 19 attempts.

Against the Steelers, Todd Gurley looked back to his best in the first three quarters, racking up 73 yards on 12 carries. With the Rams trailing 17-12 in the final period, however, Gurley was left on the sideline and didn't touch the ball once.

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Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 10 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joe Sargent/Getty

McVay suggested Gurley's omission was "just kind of the rotation" and that the running back's usage was in fact determined by one of his assistants on Sunday.

The Rams switched their alignment ahead of kickoff on Sunday and then changed it again during the game, a symptom of the chaos that has engulfed their offense this season.

"You just have to be mindful of some of the plays in terms of the timing, the rhythm, how long you have for those things to be able to develop," McVay was quoted as saying by The Athletic when asked whether his play-calling was influenced by the personnel available. "So it absolutely does."

Luckily for the Rams, their opponent on Sunday has endured just as significant offensive struggles this season.

The Bears rank third-last in the NFL in yards per play—above only the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins and below even the 0-9 Cincinnati Bengals—and 27th in average points per game.

Mitchell Trubisky ranks 31st in the league in terms of quarterback rating and averages just 5.8 yards per play.

The second overall pick of the 2017 draft showed signs of improvement in the 20-13 win over the Lions last week, throwing for three touchdowns as the Bears snapped a four-game losing streak.
Like the Rams, the Bears have a remote chance of making the playoffs but have it all to do at 4-5, with the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings dominating the NFC North at 8-2 and 7-3 respectively.

Eleven months ago, the 11-2 Rams arrived in Chicago with the Bears reeling from a defeat to the New York Giants that had ended a five-game winning streak.

Chicago defeated the Bears and went on to win the next three games to end the season 12-4.

By the time the two teams take the field on Sunday night, that will feel like a distant memory.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

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Taylor Gabriel #18 of the Chicago Bears celebrates his touchdown reception against the Detroit Lions with his teammates during the second half at Soldier Field on November 10 in Chicago, Illinois. David Banks/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 17.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via NBC's digital platforms, the NBC Sports website and fuboTV.

Form

The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 10 to improve to 4-5 for the season, but remain third in the NFC North.

The Rams, meanwhile, slipped to 5-4 after losing 17-12 in Pittsburgh against the Steelers and have a fight on their hands to secure a wildcard spot for the playoffs.

Series record

Sunday will be the 92nd meeting between the two teams, with Chicago winning 53 times to Los Angeles' 35.

The Bears are on a two-game winning streak against the Rams, defeating them 15-6 in the most recent encounter in December last year.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, the Rams are 6.5-point favorite and are 22/25 to cover the spread, while the Bears are 12/5 underdogs. The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 41.

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