The Ravens have their Super Bowl rings, and Joe Flacco has one of the richest contracts in NFL history. What the Ravens don’t have is a winning record. They’re 4-5. Still have the Bears’ respect.
"They don’t look like they’ve skipped a beat in terms of how solid they are and the stats totally that shows up there," says Bears coach Marc Trestman.
There’s a perception that the Ravens have dropped off quite a bit from their Super Bowl form, and perhaps so. But the Bears say defensively they’re still a top unit especially when it comes to stopping the run.
"That’s a 3-4 defense. That’s what makes it so tough to run against is they just stop everything at the line of scrimmage, and they just squeeze everything with their backers and their speed on the edges," says Trestman.
"Their tradition is to have big, strong, powerful men inside, and so it’s tough to run in there," says Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.
Offensively though the Ravens have struggled. They’re 29th in the league in total offense and 30th in rushing offense. And Flacco has 11 interceptions to go with 12 touchdown passes. What the Bears would like to do in this game is get their own running game going. They managed only 38 yards rushing last week against the Lions.
"We want to see our running backs make plays. For us to end that game with 38 yards or whatever that was it’s disappointing," says offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.
And the Bears defense simply needs to play better all the way around minus several of its key injured players. The latest being Charles Tillman.
"I think it’s very difficult anytime you lose a corner of that caliber, especially the turnover machine you know the Peanut Punch and all that kind of stuff," says linebacker James Anderson.
"You know it’s a long season, so it’s next man up, and so we can’t use as an excuse you know ‘Oh such and such is down, and this is why these things happened," says linebacker Jonathan Bostic.
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