Rams Vs. Bears: St. Louis Falls Hard In Chicago, Loses 23-6

The St. Louis Rams' offense couldn't make anything happen Sunday.

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Steven Jackson's fantasy stock collapses

It's Week 4, and Steven Jackson is still looking for his first Steven Jackson game.

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Rams Vs. Bears: Sam Bradford Interception Returned For Devastating Chicago Touchdown, Bears Lead 20-6

The St. Louis Rams were in it Week 3 against the Chicago Bears in spite of their various offensive struggles, but a fourth-quarter interception-turned-Pick-6 on Sam Bradford might have just broken it wide open. The Bears lead 20-6 with fewer than 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, as three-and-a-third quarters of failing to protect Bradford finally produce negative consequences.

Bradford's season will still look impressive to date, but Week 3 has been a game to forget so far. Bradford ended the drive 14-for-29 for just 134 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. Being sacked five times will create a certain impatience, and the Bears' Pick 6 came, predictably, on a hurried short-game attempt that ended up in traffic.

The Bears are a tough defensive team, but the Rams' offense has struggled in all areas Sunday—pass protection, running, and even playmaking, with some ugly crops early from Brandon Gibson costing the Rams possible touchdown drives. The Rams' defense was able to match them play-for-play for most of the game, but the Rams' offense is going to have to outscore the Bears' defense if they want to stay in this game.

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Rams Vs. Bears: Greg Zuerlein Keeps St. Louis Close, Rams Trail 10-6

The St. Louis Rams have struggled to keep their offense on the field in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears, thanks in large part to their offensive line's struggles to keep Sam Bradford (12-for-24, 115 yards) upright. But they've gotten within 60 yards of the uprights twice, and Greg Zuerlein is keeping the score close—after a 46-yard field goal, the Rams trail the Bears 10-6.

Zuerlein is the Rams' only offensive asset having his usual game; Steven Jackson has nine carries for 27 yards, and Danny Amendola has three receptions for 41 yards. Rookie Greg Zuerlein, on the other hand, has 46 and 56-yard field goals, and has yet to miss in his NFL career.

Jay Cutler's struggles on the Bears side have kept the Rams in this game; Chris Long and Cortland Finnegan have been disrupting him at the line and downfield, and—well, the Chicago Bears don't always need hep to struggle on offense. If the Rams can stop Michael Bush a few times, for once, they're still absolutely in this game.

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Rams Vs. Bears Score: Michael Bush Touchdown Caps Long Chicago Drive; Bears Lead 10-0

Michael Bush and the Chicago Bears got the memo: The St. Louis Rams can't stop the run. Matt Forte may be out, but it hasn't mattered; Bush has 14 rushes for 49 yards and a touchdown, and has continually broken up the Rams' attempts to get Jay Cutler and company off the field. As a result, the Rams' offense has barely gotten onto the field.

The Rams' new secondary, especially free agent Cortland Finnegan, has proven more than up to the challenge of wiping out the passing game in all three weeks. But if their defensive line, still without big rookie DT Michael Brockers, can't get backups like Michael Bush and the Detroit Lions' Kevin Smith down behind the line of scrimmage on occasion, Sam Bradford will never get onto the field.

After a Greg Zuerlein field goal—a new career high of 56 yards—the Rams trail 10-3. Given just how long the Bears have been on the field in the first half, that's more or less a best-case scenario going into halftime. In the third quarter the Rams will have to make some kind of adjustment to stay in front of the Bears' running game.

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Rams Vs. Bears: Cortland Finnegan Intercepts Jay Cutler To Continue Hot Start

So far it's clear the St. Louis Rams have gotten their money's worth with Cortland Finnegan. The free-agent cornerback picked off Jay Cutler at the end of the first quarter vs. the Chicago Bears on Sunday, his third interception in three games, and ran it back over midfield before a series of almost-fumbles that the replacement referees found... overly difficult to comprehend. (After a challlenge, the replacement refs agreed that it was "St. Louie" ball.)

For Jay Cutler, it's the struggling quarterback's sixth interception in three games, and it stopped dead all the momentum the Bears had built up in a long offensive drive that starred Michael Bush, whom the Rams have been unable to stop so far. (They trail by a score of 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.)

Through three weeks it's clear that the Rams' run defense is a weakness. But if their pass defense continues to be this strong, I'm not sure anybody's going to notice. For more Rams vs. Bears updates, and questions about the replacement referees' pronunciation, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis and our Rams-Bears storystream.

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Rams Vs. Bears: Steven Jackson Starts At RB In Week 3

Steven Jackson injury and, more conspiratorially, benching concerns dominated the St. Louis Rams' Week 3 practices, with Jackson spending missing practice all week with a groin injury some fans believed didn't exist, but in the first quarter of the Rams' game vs. the Chicago Bears Steven Jackson was the unequivocal starter, taking three carries for four yards (and a crucial third-down conversion) on the Rams' first offensive drive.

We heard a lot about Daryl Richardson last week, and about Isaiah Pead all offseason, but for now it's clear that the Rams still believe in Steven Jackson as the center of their offense, let alone their running game. Expect him to get the bulk of the carries unless or until he's too hurt to go, although Richardson has no doubt earned himself some carries as the complementary back Jackson has never really had.

So fantasy football owners, Rams fans who are hoping Jackson proves to be ageless, and people who just don't want the Rams to overreact after one good regular season game from Daryl Richardson, take heart: If the first quarter is any indication, the Rams will be going to Steven Jackson like they have for the last seven years or so against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

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Rams Vs. Bears, NFL Inactives: Brian Quick Out Vs. Chicago

The biggest news from the inactive list for Sunday's game between St. Louis and Chicago is who was left off: Rams halfback Steven Jackson is listed as active and will play against the Bears. Jackson missed practice this week with an injured groin, and was doubtful as of Sunday morning. Nevertheless, the veteran running back will play.

Rams wide receiver Brian Quick is listed as inactive, as are defensive tackles Michael Brockers and Matt Cornrath, quarterback Austin Davis, halfback Terrance Ganaway, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, and safety Matthew Daniels.

As reported earlier in the week, Bears starting halfback Matt Forte will be inactive with an injured ankle. Also missing for the Bears will be offensive linemen Edwin Williams and Jonathan Scott, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, defensive tackles Matt Toeaina and Nate Collins, and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.

The Rams and Bears kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday. Television coverage is available on Fox.

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Steven Jackson Will Be Active For Rams Vs. Bears

Rams running back Steven Jackson will play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Jackson sat out practice all week with a groin injury. According to Stacey Dales of NFL Network, Jackson went through pregame warmups and will play:

Earlier this week, Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Daryl Richardson would be the Rams' featured running back until Jackson could get healthy. There is no indication from the team how many carries Jackson or Richardson could receive today.

Jackson has appeared in the Rams' two previous games, running 30 times for 111 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown in 2012. The Rams and Bears kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern at Soldier Field. Television coverage is available on FOX.

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Steven Jackson Injury: St. Louis Rams' Star Remains Questionable Saturday

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson did not practice Friday and remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears with a groin injury, Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

O'Neill's story on the matter focuses more on the unknown quantities that are the three backs behind Jackson on the Rams' roster. All three are rookies: Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Terrance Ganaway.

Only Richardson has yet to receive an NFL handoff; he had 15 carries for 83 yards in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, the game in which Jackson suffered the groin injury. Richardson was a seventh-round draft pick out of Abilene Christian.

Pead, a second-round draftee from the Cincinnati Bearcats, has two kickoff returns but has not touched the ball from scrimmage. Ganaway was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Jets, but the Jets waived him on Aug. 31, and the Rams claimed him off waivers the next day.

Bears running back Matt Forte was ruled out for Sunday's game with an ankle injury. The Bears will look to backup veteran Michael Bush to carry the load Sunday.

The Rams kick off against Chicago on Sunday at noon CT on Fox.

For all the latest Rams news, check out Turf Show Times, and for your Bears updates, head to Windy City Gridiron. And be sure to get all your football updates at our NFL hub.

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Matt Forte Injury: Chicago Bears Lose Running Back Vs. Rams

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is out for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams with an ankle injury, and veteran backup Michael Bush will move into the role of primary rusher.

Forte sprained his ankle during the the third quarter of the Bears' Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers. Through the first two weeks of the season, Forte had rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Still, Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times thinks this will be the trickiest test for the Rams' rushing defense so far this season:

After Thursday's practice, [Rams] head coach Jeff Fisher said that his team was preparing as though the Bears would have Forte, but they were also keenly aware of what Bush could do on his own. It's clear after watching the Rams' first two games that preparation for each opponent is intense.

This will be the stiffest test so far for the Rams' run defense, a unit allowing more yards per carry than any other team in the league so far this season. You can imagine that does not sit well with Fisher's belief in sound fundamentals. It also might have something to do with the two teams they played so far this season.

Bush, the 28-year-old veteran from the University of Louisville, has 26 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the Bears. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders.

The Rams kick off against Chicago on Sunday at noon CT on Fox.

For all the latest Rams news, check out Turf Show Times, and for your Bears updates, head to Windy City Gridiron. And be sure to get all your football updates at our NFL hub.

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Steven Jackson Injury: Rams Running Back Questionable Against Bears

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, according to the team. Jackson will be a game-time decision as he continues to work through an injured groin.

Jackson suffered the injury during the team's 31-28 win over the Redskins, not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday. Jackson stated that he is hopeful to play against the Bears in Week 3.

The injury created a fair amount of speculation this past week when Jackson did not re-enter the game following an unsportsmanlike penalty, which occurred following a touchdown in the first half. The veteran was apparently pulled from the game following the penalty, although head coach Jeff Fisher stated he came out because of the injury and not because of the player being benched.

If Jackson cannot play, expect Daryl Richardson to get the majority of the snaps at running back.

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