From the NFL, here is all the info you need to know about this weekend's game of the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Chicago Bears. Info on the series and stats first and notes about the game after the 'Jump.'
By the way, while I'd love to see the Colts knock the Jaguars out of the Wild Card slot and end up facing the Saints in the Super Bowl with both teams being undefeated, I see the weather being a factor (rain expected) on how long the Indy starters play and Jacksonville ends up winning the game tonight. Hope I'm wrong!
CHICAGO BEARS (5-8) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-6)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Smith: 1-0||Harbaugh: 0-0|
|LAST WEEK||L 21-14 vs. Packers||W 48-3 vs. Lions|
|LAST GAME||10/23/05: Ravens 6 at Bears 10. Chicago defense allows 199 total yards & registers 4 sacks. Bears QB Kyle Orton throws 9-yard TD pass to FB Marc Edwards for game’s lone TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||9/9/01: Ravens 17, Bears 6. Defending Super Bowl XXXV-champion Ravens have strong defensive performance to start season, allowing just 2 FGs.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Chris Myers (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (Chi.), 152 (Bal.). XM: 108 (Bal.).|
|PASSING||Cutler: 284-457-3,023-19-22-75.2||Flacco: 270-426-3,111-15-11-86.3|
|RUSHING||Forté: 201-685-3.4-4||Rice: 194-1,041-5.4-7|
|RECEIVING||Hester: 54-682-12.6-3||Rice (RB): 68-652-9.6-1|
|SACKS||Ogunleye: 6||J. Johnson, Pryce: 6|
|INTs||Bowman: 4||Landry: 4|
|PUNTING||Maynard: 41.5||Koch: 44.8|
|KICKING||Gould: 79 (25/25 PAT; 18/21 FG)||Cundiff: 59 (14/14 PAT; 15/17 FG)|
BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has 3,023 yards & is 5th Bears QB to reach 3,000-yard mark in season. When Cutler has 100+ rating, his teams are 13-0…RB MATT FORTÉ is only player in NFL with 1,900+ rush yards (1,923) & 900+ rec. yards (932) since 2008. Has 114 receptions since 2008, most by RB…WR-PR DEVIN HESTER has 20 TDs (8 rec., 7 PR, 5 KR), incl. playoffs. 4 of his 5 career TDs vs. AFC (incl. playoffs) have been 70+ yards. WR-KR JOHNNY KNOX had TD last week & ties for 2nd among rookies with 6 TDs (5 rec., 1 KR). GREG OLSEN ranks 5th among NFL TEs with 6 rec. TDs. WR DEVIN AROMASHODU had career-high 8 catches & 76 yards last week & scored 1st TD…DE ADEWALE OGUNLEYE has 5 sacks in 3 career meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. Bal. with 1+ sack. CB CHARLES TILLMAN has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC, incl. INT-TD. Team is 16-5 (.762) when he has INT. DE ALEX BROWN has 3 sacks in past 3 vs. AFC. LB LANCE BRIGGS had sack last week…RAVENS: Aim for 7th consecutive win against NFC at home…Ravens are 3-1 at home in Dec. under head coach JOHN HARBAUGH…Bal. (319) is on pace (392) to surpass franchise scoring record (391 in ’03)…QB JOE FLACCO has 5-2 record at home in ’09 & has completed 152 of 224 (67.9 pct.) for 1,785 yards with 8 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 96.3 passer rating. Flacco’s 3,111 passing yards are 2nd-most in season in club history (VINNY TESTAVERDE, 4,177 in ’96)…Ravens had 5 rush TDs by 4 different players last week…RB RAY RICE leads NFL RBs in catches (68) & rec. yards (652) among RBs. Rice totaled 219 yards last week (156 rush, 53 rec.). Rice ranks 2nd in NFL w/1,693 scrimmage yards (1,041 rush, 652 rec.). RB WILLIS MC GAHEE has 4 rush TDs in past 3…DERRICK MASON (849) needs 1 reception to become 16th player in NFL history to reach 850 career…LB ANTWAN BARNES had 1st sack of season last week…S TOM ZBIKOWSKI aims for 3rd consecutive game w/INT.