Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/22/12

St. Louis Rams @ Chicago Bears

St. Louis Rams:  The Rams come off a surprising win against RGIII and the Washington Redskins last week, proving from top to bottom the NFC West needs to be taken a little more seriously now.  Sam Bradford had a good afternoon against a suspect Redskins secondary, going for 300 and 3 much to most everyone’s surprise.  He’ll find things quite a bit tougher against a Bears secondary that just plain doesn’t give up the points to QBs; so far, they’ve faced Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers, and have given up a total an average of around 260 yards, one touchdown versus a couple of picks.

Of course, you can’t talk Rams without mentioning the ridiculousness of Danny Amendola’s afternoon.  The guy caught 15 passes for 160 yards and a score.  Seriously?  If you had him in a PPR league, I’m guessing you won.  Now, he likely won’t get to that point, maybe only half, but still that makes him very worthwhile.

Jeff Fisher will likely try to run the ball with the same effectiveness that Green Bay had; the only question is, will it be Steven Jackson or backup Daryl Richardson?  Jackson is questionable right now, and if he goes, you probably can’t start either guy because with Jackson’s health a concern, they’ll likely split carries against a traditionally tough run defense.  If Jackson is shelved, I’d roll with Richardson as a flex if I’m a Jackson owner or don’t have a particularly strong bench.

Good Start: WR Danny Amendola, RB Daryl Richardson (if Jackson is out)

Middle of the Road:  RB Steven Jackson (if he plays), QB Sam Bradford

Bad Start:  WR – Brandon Gibson, TE – Lance Kendricks

Chicago Bears:  Well, maybe the Bears aren’t quite as strong as we probably thought they were when they took Andrew Luck and the Colts to the woodshed in Week 1.  However, I also don’t think they’re quite as bad as they showed against the Packers in Week 2.  This game should be a good litmus test as to what Bears team we’re likely to see in the near future, as the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  What better way to test that than with a Rams team that ranks in the top 2/3rds of the league in both offense and defense (17th and 22nd, respectively)?

While Jay Cutler had a four interception nightmare of a game last week, I’d expect a decent bounce back here.  Still with bye weeks not having started yet I wouldn’t want to roll the dice with him, but he’ll rank as one of the better QB2s this week.  Brandon Marshall should have a bounce back game as well, so I wouldn’t be gun shy about starting him even after last week.  Michael Bush is the other worthy start for the Bears, as Matt Forte has already been announced as out for this game, and the Rams are susceptible to a physical, punishing runner.

Good Start: RB Michael Bush, WR Brandon Marshall

Middle of the Road:  QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery

Bad Start:  WR Earl Bennett, WR Devin Hester, TE Kellen Davis



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