When the Chicago Bears host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Soldier Field, the weather conditions will be less than ideal. In an addition to rain being in the forecast, Chicago is under a high wind advisory until Sunday night.
Given the weather conditions, this may signal a run emphasis from both offenses. For the Ravens, in order for their offense to be successful they need their running game to be successful. The Ravens running game has not been successful at all this season and that is why the team’s offense has struggled all season. Struggling all season is something that the Bears defense has done against the run. One team figures to correct their struggles on Sunday.
Meanwhile, on offense for the Bears, quarterback Josh McCown will be starting once again for an injured Jay Cutler. McCown has impressed in the six quarters and change that he has played in this season. McCown has yet to make a turnover this season and that streak may come to an end against the Ravens defense. Despite the fact that this is a Ravens defense that no longer has linebacker Ray Lewis or safety Ed Reed, it still is a defense that manages to get to the quarterback. As a team, the Ravens have 32 sacks on the season. Expect the Ravens to target Bears offensive lineman Jordan Mills. Mills has rated as the worst pass-blocker this season.
One area where the Ravens defense is vulnerable is against the run. The Ravens defense has allowed 102.6 rushing yards per game this season. The Bears offense have endured recent struggles in trying to establish the run. The Bears are coming off a game in where their total rushing yards for the game was 38 yards. If the running game is going to get back to form, then it starts with the offensive line. Starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod, in particular, has struggled with run-blocking.
- Dylan Burn: Josh McCown returns to the field and leads the Bears to victory on Sunday against the Ravens.
- Brandon Cain: Ravens 24, Bears 17
- Jordan Campbell: With a heavy dosage of Matt Forte, the Bears defeat the Ravens 21-14.
- Brandon Bender: Bears 33, Ravens 23.