One of the things that is heard this time of the year are people dissing a team with a good record with criticism based on the quality of competition they have beaten. First of all, one of the reasons a team with a good record has played teams with losing ones, is because they beat them. Second, teams play who is on their schedule.
Winning records are winning records, and the teams that achieve them are most likely the better teams, no matter who they played when they got their victories. Now, that is not to say a team that has played anybody from the NFC East is not going to have a better chance of a winning mark than those that have had to play teams out of the NFC West. For the record, the NFC East just set a record by having no team in their division with at least three wins seven weeks into a season, and the NFC West, well everyone has a winning record and all of them have four or more wins.
This year, teams out of the NFC West, where the Rams call home, have on their schedule games against the NFC East. That is one of the reasons all the teams in the NFC West have won at least four games this year, and, by the way, all four of the Rams victories this year have come against NFC East teams. They have already completed their schedule against that division and racked up wins over the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.
The Rams only two games played against other than NFC East teams have resulted in losses. Los Angeles was downed in road encounters against the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.
The Bears have been a bit more impressive in where they have collected their five wins in six starts, including a victory a couple weeks ago in a primetime matchup against Tom Brady and his streaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
So, maybe that is why a lot of people are taking the Bears tonight with what appears a generous point spread of six points.