Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Ravens

The NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just ahead of Sunday's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 15.

Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. Central
Surface: Sportexe Momentum Turf
Television: FOX – Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Chris Myers
Series: Third meeting. Bears lead 2-1. They won the last meeting, in 2005, 10-6 at Soldier Field. The Ravens won the last and only previous meeting in Baltimore, 17-6 in 2001.

The Ravens allow just 97.8 rushing yards per game, but considering the poor play of the offensive line and QB Jay Cutler's league-high 22 interceptions, Chicago can't hope to be successful out of long passing downs. With Devin Aromashodu coming off a strong game, the Bears are expected to feature more three-wide formations if Devin Hester (calf) can play. Baltimore's offense has been more productive as it has gone back to a run-heavy approach. Chicago allows 4.4 yards per carry, and the Ravens will control this game on the ground until the Bears prove they can stop it.

Bears RB Matt Forte leads NFL running backs with 114 receptions since 2008. ... The Ravens' three remaining opponents have a combined 15-24 (.385) record.

CB Zack Bowman
Getty Images: Jonathan Daniel

Hester (calf) missed a second straight day of practice and appears doubtful for Sunday's game, although he was able to do some light jogging. ... OT Chris Williams is expected to get his third NFL start at left tackle, even though Orlando Pace (groin) has returned to practice on a full-time basis. Williams started the first 11 games at right tackle. ... CB Charles Tillman (back), who missed Wednesday's practice, was back Thursday for a full workday and will start on Sunday. ... CB Zack Bowman, who was ill Wednesday and did not practice, was a full participant Thursday and should start Sunday. ... LB Jamar Williams sat out Thursday's practice with a minor ankle injury suffered a day earlier in practice. Williams is expected to play Sunday.

Ravens: OT Jared Gaither is expected to miss his second straight game with what the Ravens are listing as a foot injury. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh called it a lower-back injury. Gaither has missed practice this week and would be replaced by Michael Oher at left tackle. ... Oher is expected to make his second straight start in place of Gaither. He will shift from right to left tackle. Oniel Cousins would start for Oher at right tackle. ... Cousins is expected to start at right tackle for the second straight week. Oher, the team's regular right tackle, will shift to the left side to replace Gaither. ... S Ed Reed is expected to miss his third straight game with groin and foot injuries. He would be replaced by Tom Zbikowski. ... WR Mark Clayton is expected to miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury after not practicing this week. He would be replaced by Kelley Washington, who is also nursing an ankle injury, or Demetrius Williams. ... Williams could make his first start of the season if Clayton and Washington are both sidelined.

Ravens 23, Bears 17.

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