Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens: Defensive grades

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The Chicago Bears defense had a throwback performance against the Baltimore Ravens, spurring the team to a 27-24.

As much as I loved the huge plays from Mitch Trubisky and Jordan Howard, let’s be real here: the Chicago Bears only won this game because their defense played lights out.

After struggling with takeaways for years, the Bears suddenly hit a windfall against the Baltimore Ravens. A fumble and two interceptions (including one pick-six) later, the defense had gifted the team a win they probably didn’t fully deserve on the whole.

Well, the defense played like they deserved it for the whole game, I will say that.

And that’s been the story for much of this season: the defense everyone was so worried about to start the season has easily carried the offense and played solidly.

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Unfortunately, because they weren’t taking the ball away, they couldn’t do much to mitigate the offenses’ struggles.

Yesterday, they flipped the script, which ultimately won that game for the Chicago Bears.

I mean, what else are you going to do when your team’s offensive game plan continues to be “just don’t lose”?

Ah…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s take a look at how the defense performed at each level. Spoiler alert: they were pretty damn good.