How to watch Bears vs. Rams: Live stream, TV channel, start time

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How to watch Bears vs. Rams: Live stream, TV channel, start time originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

A new era in Chicago is set to begin when the Bears kick off their 2021 NFL season with a Week 1 matchup in Los Angeles against the Rams.

The first Sunday Night Football matchup of the season will feature Andy Dalton’s debut in a Bears uniform. The days of Mitch Trubisky under center in Chicago are over, and Dalton is set to take his place in the national spotlight on Sunday. And the pressure is on -- while head coach Matt Nagy named Dalton the Week 1 starter, rookie QB Justin Fields will be on the sidelines to take over if needed.

The Bears signed Dalton in the offseason. After spending his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dalton played the 2020 season in Dallas with the Cowboys. The veteran QB saw action in 11 games last season, throwing for 2,170 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Chicago’s opponent also has a new signal-caller. In an offseason trade, the Rams acquired Matthew Stafford from the Lions in exchange for QB Jared Goff, two first-round picks and a third-rounder. This could be to the Bears’ advantage considering they are familiar with Stafford after facing him when he was in Detroit.

The Bears’ all-time record against the Rams is 54-38-3. The last time the two franchises faced off was in October of 2020, when Chicago lost 24-10. After going 8-8 in the 2020 season, a win on Sunday will be crucial for the Bears to set a more promising tone for this year.

Here is what you need to know ahead of the Bears’ first game of the 2021 season:

Where and when do the Chicago Bears play in Week 1?

The Bears will face the Rams in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL regular season. Their first matchup of 2021 will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 7:20 p.m. CT.

Chicago won’t play at home until Week 2, meaning this game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Which channel will the Bears-Rams game be on?

The Bears and Rams will face off in the national spotlight as the featured Sunday Night Football matchup for Week 1. The game can be watched on NBC.

How can I watch the Bears game online?

Before the game gets underway, the Primetime Preshow begins on NBC Sports Chicago at 6:30 p.m. CT. Watch the show live here and in the MyTeams app.

NBC will stream every SNF game of the 2021 NFL season -- including the Bears-Rams matchup -- live online on Peacock, NBCSports.com and in the NBC Sports app.

Immediately after the game will be NBC Sports Chicago’s Football Aftershow. Former Bears players Olin Kreutz, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, and coach Dave Wannstedt will join host David Kaplan as they bring their expert opinions to the show and breakdown the Week 1 primetime matchup. Watch the show live here and in the MyTeams app.

Who is favored to win the Bears-Rams matchup?

The Rams are favored to win Sunday’s game against the Bears by 7.5 points, according to our partner, PointsBet.

Moneyline: Rams -360, Bears +280

You can check out the game’s full betting preview here.

What is the weather going to be like for the Bears’ Week 1 game?

Though SoFi Stadium has a roof, the weather is going to be beautiful for the Bears-Rams SNF game.

As of now, Inglewood, Calif. Is expected to be sunny with a high temperature of 82 degrees on Sunday. It’s not exactly the football weather that Chicago should get used to, but it’ll be a nice transition into the 2021 season.

Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.