Rams’ defense powers bounce-back win vs. Bears

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams’ defense dominated from the opening kickoff, the offense picked up the pace as the night wore on, and special teams even made its presence felt as punter Johnny Hekker kept the Chicago Bears at bay.

The Rams earned their first win over a team with a winning record as they defeated the Bears 24-10 Monday night at SoFi Stadium. The Rams improved to 5-2. The Bears fell to 5-2.

The victory also proved the Rams’ ability to bounce back after they fell last week to the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 in their first division game.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald kept the pressure on Bears quarterback Nick Foles, as the two-time NFL Defensive Player of Year anchored a physical effort that held the Bears to a season-low 10 points and 279 total yards of offense.

Foles completed 28 of 40 passes for 261 yards with two interceptions.

Donald and defensive tackle Greg Gaines combined for a sack in the first half, and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, whom the Bears released over the offseason, also took down Foles before the break. The Rams finished with four sacks.

And the Rams’ defense, led by first-year coordinator Brandon Staley — who served as Bears’ outside linebackers coach in 2018 under Matt Nagy — didn’t stop there.

In the third quarter, cornerback Troy Hill tipped a Foles’ pass in the end zone that safety Taylor Rapp intercepted to end a scoring threat with the Rams’ ahead 17-3. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey intercepted a Foles pass late in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff overcame a sluggish start and remained poised after Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack forced a sack-fumble. Goff completed 23 of 33 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

And on special teams, Hekker pinned the Bears’ inside their 10-yard line four times.

Next Sunday the Rams play in Miami, where Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is scheduled to make his first career start.

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