Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears Prediction: Will the Offenses Show Up?
Both the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will be well-rested for their Week 11 matchup. The Ravens are coming off a disappointing loss last Thursday night against the Dolphins, while the Bears are coming off a bye week. So will Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense get back on track this week, or will Chicago put an end to their four-game losing streak?
Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds
Date: Sunday, November 21
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: CBS
Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears Injury Report
Questionable: CB Tavon Young
OUT: DE Derek Wolfe, DT Brandon Williams, G Patrick Mekari, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Boyle, S DeShon Elliott
Questionable: OT Teven Jenkins, S Eddie Jackson, LB Khalil Mack, S Deon Bush, RB Damien Williams, LB Alec Ogletree, TE J.P. Holtz, QB Nick Foles
Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears Prediction
Did the Miami Dolphins create the blueprint for how to shut down Baltimore’s high-powered offensive attack last week? Miami would not let Lamar Jackson get comfortable in the pocket, as they blitzed their defensive backs 24 times and got pressure on 20 occasions. Jackson has never been under that kind of duress in his career. In the process, Miami did the unthinkable of holding Baltimore under 100 total yards rushing, which is a tremendous accomplishment given the Ravens had a streak of 43 consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing snapped earlier this year. Baltimore has now lost two of three games following a five-game winning streak.
Though the Bears enter this game on a four-game losing streak, rookie quarterback Justin Fields is making strides. In their last loss to the Steelers, Fields had the most defining moment of his young career with an athletic and off-balance touchdown pass to Darnell Mooney that put them ahead late. He showed poise and a calm demeanor in front of a raucous crowd for his first time appearing on national television. It was just his second game with over 200 passing yards, and he finished with a career-high 336 total yards. However, he has four straight games with at least one interception and will need to limit turnovers to maximize the chances of offensive success in the future.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears Pick
In a game where each team has extra rest and more time to prepare heading into this matchup, one would think the more well-coached team would have the advantage. Is there anyone in the country who would take Matt Nagy over John Harbaugh?
However, with concern that Baltimore’s injuries may be finally catching up with them, we look to the over as the much safer play compared to a point spread wager.
Historically, the Ravens have been known for a stout and physical defense that routinely ranks among the top of the league in scoring. However, Lamar Jackson has had to bail out his defense on numerous occasions this year, as the defense ranks 22nd in points per game allowed. In addition, the Ravens shockingly are also the league’s worst pass defense, allowing 283.3 yards per game through the air. While Justin Fields and the Bears offense may not be the most equipped team to take advantage of that deficiency, their passing game has made significant strides over the last month.
While injuries are a concern for Baltimore, they are also mounting for Chicago, especially on the defensive side of the ball. In their loss to Pittsburgh, the Bears were without three of their best defenders (Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Alec Ogletree), and all three remain questionable entering this week. Even if only two of those three suits up, Chicago’s defense is vulnerable against the speedy Jackson.
With this being the first time the Bears have faced Jackson in his career, they are at an extreme disadvantage, as watching him on film does not do it any justice to how difficult he is to defend. Teams that have seen Jackson multiple times typically have an easier time slowing him down, but we look for him to give Chicago fits on Sunday.
With wind always a factor at Soldier Field, it helps that these offenses are both successful on the ground, especially with their mobile quarterbacks.
The over is a combined 9-1 in these teams’ last 10 games following bye weeks, which means this game is likely to surpass this projected low total.
- Pick: OVER 45.5 (-110)