Bears-Ravens Snapshot

Both teams look to reach .500 with a victory today, but only one will come out on top. Take a look at what it will take for each side to win.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE:
10/23/05
SURFACE:
Grass
TV:
CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots

SERIES: 3rd meeting. The series is tied with both teams winning at home. The last time the teams met was in 2001, the season opener following the Ravens' Super Bowl triumph. With their strong defense not permitting a touchdown, the Ravens beat the Bears, 17-6. Elvis Grbac set a Ravens' single-game record by completing 80 percent of his passes (24-for-30 for 262 yards and one touchdown). The Ravens out-gained Chicago, 316 yards to 183. But the Bears won 13 of their next 15 games en route to their only playoff appearance in the past 10 years.

2005 RANKINGS: Ravens: offense 22nd (19th rush, 19th pass); defense 2nd (7th rush, 3rd pass). Bears: offense 28th (12th rush, 30th pass); defense 3rd (4th rush, 9th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bears have been increasingly willing to allow rookie QB Kyle Orton to take shots down the field, and Sunday could provide a good opportunity for more of that with Ravens SS Ed Reed out. Chicago has relied on RB Thomas Jones all season, but it's difficult to win against Baltimore's stout defense with a one-dimensional attack. The key to success for the Bears has been red-zone efficiency on both sides, as they have scored touchdowns on 72.7 percent of their red-zone possessions while limiting opponents to 8.3 percent.

The Ravens will struggle to move the ball consistently, but still want to pound away with RB Jamal Lewis against an undersized Bears defensive line. If Baltimore falls behind and QB Anthony Wright is forced to attack downfield, then Chicago's quick pass rushers have the advantage.

FAST FACTS: Ravens: Have a five-game road losing streak. ... Wright is 8-4 in his past 12 starts. Bears: WR Muhsin Muhammad has at least four receptions in every game this season. ... Only defense in the NFL not to have allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Bears' red-zone defense has allowed just one touchdown on 12 opposing opportunities, for an 8.3 percentage, by far the best in the NFL. The Colts are second at 27.3. The Ravens' current losing streak on the road, including defeats this season at Tennessee and Detroit.

RAVENS PERSONNEL NEWS

  • QB Kyle Boller has begun practicing and has been able to push off his injured right foot when throwing. He is expected to dress as the third quarterback for the Oct. 31 game at Pittsburgh.

  • SS Ed Reed was declared out by coach Brian Billick. He will be replaced by Chad Williams.

  • SS Chad Williams will make his first start at safety in place of Ed Reed. Williams doesn't have Reed's speed but he does have a knack for being around the ball.

  • WR Mark Clayton is not expected to play Sunday, the first game he's missed in his rookie season. He will be replaced by Randy Hymes.

  • RT Orlando Brown has a size advantage over Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye on running plays but could have trouble with him in pass protection.

  • FB Alan Ricard practiced but did not participate in all drills. He likely will start for the second time this season.

  • DE Tony Weaver will miss his third game with a toe injury.

  • QB Anthony Wright has thrown at least one interception in 12 of 13 games with the Ravens.

    BEARS PERSONNEL NEWS

  • RB Thomas Jones will start despite a mild right knee sprain, but produced 89 yards and two touchdowns with the same injury against the Vikings.

  • LT John Tait has been upgraded to probable with a sprained left ankle and practiced for the first time in almost two weeks and is expected to play.

  • LG Ruben Brown (doubtful, chest) has not practice in more than two weeks and is not expected to play Sunday.

  • P Brad Maynard practiced Friday after rehabbing a strained right calf, and expects to play on Sunday.

  • C Olin Kreutz (elbow,) was removed from the injury report Friday after missing practice the previous day.

  • DT Ian Scott missed practice Friday and was added to the injury list because a sore side, but is expected to start.

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