Bears vs. Ravens Recap
The Bears won a tough game against the Ravens today by the score of 10-6. The Bears actually outplayed the Ravens by a wider margin than the score reflected but the Ravens were playing without Ed Reed and Ray Lewis for the second half of the game. The Bears improve their record to 3-3 and keep pace with the Lions for the lead in the NFC North division.
On offense the Bears played conservative but moved the ball well for most of the game. Thomas Jones carried the brunt of the load and looked impressive the whole game. He picked up two key first downs to ice the game late in the fourth quarter including one run for 42 yards. Kyle Orton played well completing 15 of 29 for 145 yards and one TD to fullback Marc Edwards. He still looks unsure and inaccurate when throwing the deep ball, but he was making good reads and throwing the ball well to the short routes and checkdowns. It looks like he has lacked confidence in the deep ball ever since the Cincinnati disaster.
On defense the Bears kept the Ravens out of the end zone all day. They also sacked quarterback Anthony Wright four times, all of them coming from the defensive line. Tackle Tank Johnson recorded two sacks and looked very impressive at the point of attack today. It seemed like the Bears were rotating linemen even more than usual today and it was very effective. The Ravens might well be the worst offense in the league but the Bears still shut them down completely today.
Overall, the Bears win two in a row for the first time and could have momentum going into a key division game against Detroit next week. Detroit will be pumped up to avenge the week two blowout we laid on them. A win will put the Bears in control of the division at the halfway point in the season. While it's still too early to count out the Packers or the Vikings, it certainly looks like they are going to implode this season and leave the division to the Bears and the Lions. A convincing Bears win next week and I think the Bears will win the division this year.