The World Champion Baltimore Ravens head to Soldier Field to take on the battered Chicago Bears. Up until last season, the storyline would be a battle between future Hall of Fame linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher. They’re both comfortably behind the camera in TV studios and their former teams are left to figure out life without them.
This is a key game for both teams with fading hopes for a playoff spot. The Bear Goggles On staff chimed in with our picks and predictions:
Sadly, my record now matches the Bears record. Last week was a bitter pill to swallow on many levels. Cutty hurt again, our safeties still suck losing a chance at sole possession of 1st place and Trestman outcoached by Jim Schwartz…JIM SCHWARTZ?!?!?!? That said, the Bears fortunately get some home cooking again and face the reigning Super Bowl Champs who come in on life support, clinging to the hopes of getting in the playoffs…sound familiar??? I think this will be a drag ‘em out, knock down brawl on the Lakefront and I think Josh McCown will give the Bears just the little bit the offense needs to get over the hump, seeing as he should have been brought in at halftime last week, to give the Beloved a much needed W.
Bears 24 – Ravens 17
Talk about missed opportunities! That Lions game really hurt. I really hope that one doesn’t come back to haunt us. The Ravens come to town with a pathetic running game to go up against the Bears’ putrid run defense. Since Jay Cutler will be observing from the sidelines in a cast, he won’t have to face Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Haloti Ngata. That privilege belongs to Josh McCown, who has filled in admirably to run the Bears offense. The Bears are outmatched, but I just can’t see them losing two straight winnable home games. Defense finds a way…
Bears 27 – Ravens 24
They may not be Calvin Johnson or Reggie Bush, but the Ravens’ Ray Rice and Torrey Smith both have the potential to torch the injury-depleted Bears defense this weekend. Josh McCown will need to have a solid, turnover-free game for the Bears, who should be able to utilize the one-two punch of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery to put points on the board. This one will be close, but the Bears should be able to squeak out the win at home.