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With rookie Mitch Trubisky starting for the second time, history is not on their side. Since John Harbaugh became the Ravens coach in 2008, they are 11-0 at home against rookie quarterbacks, according to the Baltimore Sun.
In those games, rookie quarterbacks have thrown three touchdowns and 17 interceptions and have been sacked 30 times.
Now Eluemunor, who was supposed to be an understudy of Yanda before the season began, will take his place. The 22-year old guard has the size (6’4, 337 lbs) that Baltimore likes to see in their offensive linemen. The issue is that he hasn’t played particularly well in the small sample size of three games that he’s appeared in.
According to Pro Football Focus, Eluemunor received a grade of 44.2 over the course of three games. This puts him in the “poor” category of players at his position. Although this is the case, he has never started in an NFL contest before. The extra preparation with the first-team offense during practice this week will do him some justice.
Maybe that part won’t matter, but what does matter is that the Baltimore Ravens have an already fairly formidable defense but could use some help on the linebacker front. Bowman’s used to playing in a 3-4 defense like the one the Ravens run, and putting him in the middle with C.J. Mosley sounds like a force to be reckoned with.
The Ravens have built an .857 winning percentage (24-4) at home against NFC opponents since 2003, which is the best success rate in the NFL over that span. A win against the Bears would propel the Ravens to their 200th victory, which would make them only the seventh franchise in the league to reach the 200-win mark since the organization’s inception in 1996.
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