INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Leonard Floyd was playing with an uncommon fury against his old team, and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams defense followed his lead.
By the time the Rams were done with the Chicago Bears on Monday night, Floyd had two sacks and the game ball — and Los Angeles had a decisive, energizing victory over a fellow NFC contender.
Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett caught touchdown passes from Jared Goff, and the Rams won a matchup of dominant defenses, beating the Bears 24-10.
"We proved that we were the better defense today," Floyd said after a six-tackle performance in his first game vs. Chicago since the Bears released him last offseason.
After his first sack, Floyd jumped up and went toward the Bears sideline, shouting and gesticulating at the team that let him go. Floyd already knows he landed in a good spot with the Rams (5-2), who remained unbeaten at new SoFi Stadium and reasserted themselves in the conference hierarchy with a rebound performance one week after a rough loss at San Francisco.
"Our defense was outstanding from start to finish," Rams coach Sean McVay said.
Goff passed for 219 yards and Malcolm Brown ran for a score for the Rams, but their defense did the hardest work. Chicago (5-2) gained only 279 yards and Nick Foles was intercepted twice in the Bears' latest discouraging offensive performance, which dropped them out of the NFC North lead.
"Stating the obvious, the offense, we've got to get this stuff figured out," Chicago coach Matt Nagy said. "It's not good enough, and to be outscored by your defense, obviously, is unacceptable, too."
Eddie Jackson returned a fumble 8 yards for Chicago's only touchdown with 7:30 to play, but the Los Angeles defense stayed in control, in part because Rams Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker pinned the Bears inside their 10 with all five of his punts.
"Johnny is the best punter in the league, and he showed it tonight," Goff said.