Inflection points are a concept typically taught in advanced math classes, but they also have an interesting place in the NFL describing shifts in momentum throughout a team’s season. The Chicago Bears have also experienced such inflection points, and for each of the past three years, it was a primetime matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Chicago Bears’ performance in primetime against L.A. has significantly impacted the trajectory of their season for the past three years.
In 2018, the Chicago Bears were 8-4 going into their matchup with the 11-1 Los Angeles Rams. The Bears were a good team but had yet to be taken seriously as playoff contenders by the national media. However, a 15-6 drubbing of the Rams under the lights on a cold, Sunday night in Chicago changed everything. The Bears rattled off three more wins to end the season and entered the playoffs as a dark horse to emerge from the NFC.