Ravens-Bears: How the game could be decided

Ravens Insider Staff Writer Aaron Wilson previews what it will takwe for the Ravens and the Bears to win the is Sunday's game.

How the Ravens can win

1. Generate some offense by spreading the Bears out with extra receivers. The Ravens have the second-worst scoring offense (12.6 points per contest) and rank in the bottom half in total offense (22nd), rushing (19th) and passing (19th). It will be a challenge to score against a team that ranks in the top nine defenses in 11 categories.

2. Contain Thomas Jones. He ranks seventh in rushing with 502 yards, and has made major progress since his rookie year. That was back in 2000 when Baltimore was en route to the Super Bowl and Jones gained 39 yards on 14 carries.

3. Bait Kyle Orton into mistakes. Orton leads all rookie passers in yards with 674, but has a 57.7 passer rating and has seven interceptions for a 5.0 percent interception percentage.


How the Bears can win

1. Grab the momentum with Thomas Jones. Jones is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has scored six touchdowns, finally fulfilling the promise he demonstrated at Virginia.

2. Locate Muhsin Muhammad downfield. Muhammad was a coveted free agent whom Baltimore considered pursuing, but he signed minutes into the free agent signing period. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder leads the Bears with 27 receptions.

3. Pressure Anthony Wright. Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher leads all NFL linebackers with six sacks and is often untouched when he storms through the center-guard gap.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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