Bears vs. Rams 2013 picks and predictions: Experts slightly favoring Chicago

The 6-4 Bears are taking on the 4-6 Rams, but not all experts are favoring Chicago.

Despite being tied for both the NFC North lead and the second wild card slot, the Bears are currently on the outside of the playoff picture. Chicago's 3-4 conference record hurts in tie-breaker scenarios, making the game on Sunday in St. Louis even more important.

The Bears enter the game with the better record, but St. Louis has played well recently. Both teams will also start backup quarterbacks, with Jay Cutler out for Chicago and Sam Bradford on injured reserve. SB Nation's panel of six NFL experts is split on the game, with three picking Chicago and three picking the Rams at home.

Ryan Van Bibber Joel Thorman Jason Chilton Stephen White David Fucillo Matt Ufford
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CBS Sports' eight NFL experts were much more decisive, with six of the eight picking the Bears. Only Pete Prisco and John Breech picked St. Louis to win at home.

In addition to being at home, the Rams will also be well rested coming off a bye week. St. Louis is on the edge of playoff contention and doesn't have very much room for error with five of their final six opponents having winning records.

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