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Ravens vs. Bears: Prediction & 'Open Thread'

Keep it here all day long to post your thoughts and opinions as the Baltimore Ravens plow over the Chicago Bears in a delayed game at snowbound M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore Sunday afternoon. Use this space as an 'Open Thread' for this afternoon's game as well as  any other games that we should be keeping our collective eyes on.

The Bears flew into Baltimore late Saturday night after getting delayed due to the Baltimore area getting close to two feet of snow during the day in the worst blizzard in December in the city's history Unfortunately for Chicago, their stay will be brief and painful, as the lack of sleep, poor weather and such a disappointing season will continue for at least one more week

The Ravens are fighting for their playoff lives while the Bears are fighting for jobs next season.

This is a huge advantage for Baltimore, not to mention our great home record in December plus the simple fact that the Ravens are just a better team this season. Baltimore needs to stick with the same game plan that they used last week in demolishing the Detroit Lions 48-3, when they rolled up over 300 yards on the ground alone. The weather will make this way of controlling the clock a huge advantage as the Bears are ranked in the bottom half of the league in defending the run. QB Joe Flacco will throw the ball when he needs to in order to keep the defense honest and move the ball down the field

The Ravens defense should be able to convince Jay Cutler to toss us a few balls that our guys can turn into great field position for our offense or perhaps even take one to the house along the way. Hopefully, we may even be able to put a little pass pressure on Cutler and get a few sacks as well The Bears are a team that is more interested in getting this frustrating season over with so they can start anew next year and try to fulfill the big expectations that they started 2009 with after acquiring what they thought was the missing link in what they needed to contend for another Super Bowl

However, today is not that time and the Bears stay in Baltimore will be short and less than memorable as the Ravens get a firmer hold on the Wild Card slot that they and their fans want so bad as a great Christmas present

Ravens 24-10