Peppers The Chicago Bears are fresh off a 23-20 win against the defending-champion Baltimore Ravens, and they will head south to take on the St. Louis Rams.

On the other side of the coin, we have a Rams team that raised many eyebrows with a stunning 38-8 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 10.

Being that both teams are coming off victories from last week, something has to give, right?

With that being said, here is a quick look at what will happen in this NFC matchup.

1) Bears' run defense will halt Rams' ground attack

This is a really bold prediction based on the difficulties Chicago has had defending the run. In fact, according to ESPN Stats, the Bears are ranked 31st in the NFL—giving up 134 yards per game, while allowing four 100-yard rushers in the past five outings.

And St. Louis tailback Zac Stacy, who leads the team with 537 rushing yards and three touchdowns, could prove to be a problem for an injury-riddled Bears' defense.

But at the same time, let's not forget that Stacy was held to just 62 yards on 26 carries in the victory over the Colts. The key here is that the Bears will have the same success containing Stacy as long they are fundamental with their tackling.

2) Josh McCown will eclipse 300-yard mark

All of the feel-good talk about Josh McCown may be starting to get old to some people. However, the way he has run the offense in Jay Cutler's absence speaks volumes.

He has thrown for 754 yards and five touchdowns, while completing 60 percent of his passes. Throw in the fact that he has yet to turn the ball over in 101 attempts, and you can see why I'm confident that his success will continue this week.

Keep in mind that he threw for 272 yards against a decent Packers defense at Lambeau Field. And he managed 216 passing yards against Baltimore in spite of the messy field conditions, and the fact that Chicago did not attempt a pass during the third quarter.

Although McCown has a modest nature about him, his play on the field has been nothing short of spectacular.

Taking these factors into consideration, I expect McCown to have his first 300-yard game of the season.

3) Chicago will win a close one

While the Bears started off the season at 3-0, and have won two of their last three contests, they have not recorded consecutive victories since mid-September.

In addition to that, they may have their hands full with Rams rookie receiver Tavon Austin, who recorded 314 all-purpose yards last week, including two touchdown catches for 81 and 57 yards respectively.

But with the offense continuing to have success with McCown under center, and the defense starting to show improvement in spite of injuries to several players, Chicago will record back-to-back victories for the first time in two months.


James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area, who follows all the teams in the local region. James is currently a sports contributor for various sites including Football Nation, Sports Kings/Pass the Pill and Sports Rantz Magazine. James is also a former Featured Sports Contributor for Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693