The Chicago Bears (3-6) will face the Baltimore Ravens (6-3) on Sunday, where the Bears are looking to return from the bye week with an upset win over the Ravens.
While Baltimore are heavy favorites and no one is giving Chicago a chance, this is certainly a winnable game — if the Bears play near-flawless, complementary football.
To get the inside scoop on the Bears’ Week 11 opponent, we checked in with Kevin Oestreicher at Ravens Wire, who offered his insight on what we can expect for Sunday.
Here’s what we learned:
Bears Wire: The Ravens have one of the best records in the AFC, but they’ve also been a mixed bag with some impressive wins but losing to the Dolphins and nearly losing to the Lions. What do you make of this Ravens team?
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Ravens Wire: Baltimore has been a bit inconsistent this year, but still have a 6-3 record and are currently on top of the AFC North. Injuries have played a massive part in some of the Ravens’ struggles, but every team deals with that aspect of the game. It’s just that Baltimore has been the team hit the hardest by injuries in 2021. They are an extremely resilient bunch and have had some great come from behind wins, but in missing so many key pieces, things were never going to go perfectly. All things considered, it’s been a mostly impressive season by Baltimore through 10 weeks.
Bears Wire: The Ravens are coming off their worst offensive performance of the Lamar Jackson era against the Dolphins. How much of those struggles fall on Jackson?
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Ravens Wire: Some of those struggles certainly fall on Jackson. The fourth-year quarterback has overall taken a massive leap as a passer in 2021, but in Miami he struggled with an aggressive Dolphins defense. Part of the blame also falls on offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who arguably had his worst game as a play caller on Thursday night. A combination of execution and play calling are to blame for Baltimore’s performance in Week 10.