Unseasonably cool L.A. temperatures help Rams prepare for Chicago

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When the Rams commence their first of two consecutive Sunday Night Football appearances against the Bears at Soldier Field, it will be cold. Current forecasting has the outdoor temperature at 26 degrees when the ball is kicked to start the game.

“I don’t really like the cold,” Rams running back Todd Gurley told reporters on Thursday. “We got a little taste of how it’s going to be. Obviously, it was pretty cold out here today. I’m expecting it to probably be like this, but like 15, 20 degrees colder. It shouldn’t be too bad. I hope not, anyway.”

It’s going to be more than “like 15, 20 degrees colder.” It will be more like 30 degrees colder, given that the high in L.A. on Thursday was 58.

Coach Sean McVay still thinks the cooler practice temperature can’t hurt, even though the practice temperature wasn’t nearly cool enough.

“Yes, it’s actually good,” McVay told reporters. “If there was going to be a week that the weather isn’t exactly what we’re accustomed to out here in L.A., we’ll take it because it helps us get ready for the elements that we’re going to be playing in on Sunday. Kind of a blessing in disguise for us.”

When the Rams faced the Broncos in Denver seven weeks ago, the mercury had dipped to 25 degrees. And the Rams had their lowest offensive output of the season, scoring only 23 in a three-point win. While it may be a few degrees warmer on Sunday night, the Bears are a few notches better than the Broncos.

Which is one of the reasons why I’m taking the Bears to win.

23 responses to “Unseasonably cool L.A. temperatures help Rams prepare for Chicago

  1. I live in Los Angeles and have been to nearly 20 Bears games in Chicago, most of them in December. This week in LA it has been low high 50’s to low 60’s. There is no comparing the weather in Los Angeles to Chicago.

  2. It’s not going to be weather that decides this one. It’s going to be talent and coaching, period.

  3. People in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo always laugh at this type of stupid column. Fifty degrees in these cities is still shorts and flip-flop weather.

  4. Once you get below freezing, a different kind of pain sets in, an emotional one. 50 degrees is balmy.

    Rams and Chiefs better be on high alert this weekend, the matchups aren’t good for them.

  5. True, the weather will be a lot colder and make some things harder but at least the ball will be somewhat deflated and easier to hold onto due to the Ideal Gas Law.

  6. unseasonably cool 68 degree weather(according to weather channel) is helping the Rams prepare for playing in Chicago, where its going to be in the mid 20s.

  7. Well I certainly hope they are prepared. No excuses. They both have to deal with it. With the cold weather equipment they make now can mitigate the cold, but nothing can prepare you for the wind. Go Bears…

  8. Let me clear a couple of things up for everyone:
    > There is no sea breeze to speak of in Thousand Oaks.
    > It’s not even unseasonably cool right now. The average highs this time of year are in the high 60s, with lows in the high 40s. So a couple of days with highs of 58 aren’t that “unseasonable.”
    > I think what McVay and Gurley were trying to say is, if you’re traveling to Chicago, you’d prefer to practice in 58 degrees rather than 68 degrees.
    > This is why I’ll never leave California. Heading out for 18 holes in about 30 minutes.

  9. The concept of “Bear Weather” as home-field advantage died in the 1988 (1989) NFC Championship game. It’s going to be cold. Rams aren’t used to it. Won’t turn an L into a W, or vice versa.

  10. This reminds me of the 1970’s, when it seemed like every year the Rams came to Minnesota for a playoff game. The Rams were beaten the minute they got off the bus because they couldn’t get the cold out of their minds.

  11. With McVay the Rams have played 2 games with the weather being under 40°, Denver this year where the weather dip to the low 30° and snowed before the game and Tennessee last year where it was in the mid 30’s.

    Goff averaged 251 passing yards in the 2 games while combining for 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. While Gurley averaged 163 rushing yards, 6.5 ypc, averaged 87.5 receiving yards, while adding in 2 rushing and 2 receiving touchdowns.

  12. Colonel Quibble says:
    December 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    The concept of “Bear Weather” as home-field advantage died in the 1988 (1989) NFC Championship game. It’s going to be cold. Rams aren’t used to it. Won’t turn an L into a W, or vice versa.

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    It has nothing to do with your “Bear Weather” cr@p or your bitter hatred for the Bears. If Miami comes to Chicago 0r Green Bay in December or January the Bears and/or Packers are 100% at a clear advantage. It takes two weeks to acclimate to climate conditions.

  13. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says: This reminds me of the 1970’s, when it seemed like every year the Rams came to Minnesota for a playoff game. The Rams were beaten the minute they got off the bus because they couldn’t get the cold out of their minds.
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    The Rams and Vikings faced off in the playoffs 5 times from 1969 to 1978. Three of the five were in LA. None of the five went well for the Rams. So I’m not convinced weather was the issue.

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