Neither Matt Stafford nor Andy Dalton has had much success in the playoffs over the past decade.
Now, after a change of scenery for both, the quarterbacks are hoping for a reversal of fortune.
Stafford was traded to a young, dynamic Rams team this offseason for Jared Goff, while Dalton signed with the Bears after filling in nicely for an injured Dak Prescott with the Cowboys last season.
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There was no doubt Stafford would start for the Rams, whose offense has good individual players such as Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee but has been pedestrian overall. Still, the Rams won 10 games a year ago, something Stafford hasn’t done since 2014.
Dalton, however, was a question mark to start after the Bears took Ohio State standout Justin Fields 11th overall in this year’s NFL Draft.
But after two preseason games, Bears coach Matt Nagy named Dalton the starter over Fields, a move to which Bears fans didn’t take kindly.
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8:20 p.m.: The Bears opted to start longtime veteran and three-time Pro-Bowler Andy Dalton ahead of touted rookie Justin Fields. But if history is any indication, Dalton may struggle tonight, as he’s done during Sundays past.
8:15 p.m.: Every NBC analyst picks the Rams to win this game in SoFi Stadium. Big emphasis rightly placed on Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, two of the league’s marquee defensive linemen. Both will be big factors tonight.
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The Bears vs. Rams game on “Sunday Night Football” is scheduled to start at 8:20 p.m. ET. It will cap the first full Sunday of action in the 2021 NFL season.
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