Chi v Balt what we learned

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    Yeah the Ravens just won the Superbowl, so.....
     
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    LOL. If being upset over a regular season game means more to them than enjoying that their team won the SB.....
     
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    "Julius Peppers had two sacks. David Bass returned an interception for a touchdown, and Jonathan Bostic set up a field goal by Gould at the end of the first half with an interception."

    This D again gave this O 10 points, as bad as they are, and they are not good, they still are capable of handing the O enough points to help them win the game.
     
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    Stephen Paea out with toe injury
    Updated: November 17, 2013, 5:23 PM ET
    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears could be out another starter on their already ailing defense as defensive tackle Stephen Paea left during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a toe injury.

    Paea suffered the injury during the second quarter, but the team didn't announce he'd miss the rest of the game until the third quarter. If Paea is forced to miss time, he'll become the third defensive tackle forced out of action this season for the Bears. The club lost franchise defensive tackle Henry Melton earlier in the season with a torn ACL, and his replacement,Nate Collins, also suffered a season-ending knee injury.

    A third-year veteran, Paea already had missed games on Oct. 6 and Oct. 10 due to a nagging turf-toe injury.

    Because of all the injuries up front, the Bears lined up with their sixth combination of starters on the defensive line in 10 games. The team was already without defensive endShea McClellin, who has missed the last two games due to a strained hamstring.

    In all, eight starters for the Bears have missed multiple games due to injuries with linebacker D.J. Williams and cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Kelvin Hayden also suffering season-ending injuries.
     
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    And it shows with teams bringing RB's who havent done anything until they play us.

    Bring your "B" players at RB against DAA BEARRSSE ... we will be good to you. : (
     
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    Lol, yes.

    Flacco's 2nd pick was inexcusable. It was a terrible Cutler-like decision thrown into triple coverage. The first one--yes it was also a great play by Bass--was one of those things a QB simply can't do. He gave up an avoidable pick 6 and let the opposition back into the game. That's what cost Matt Schaub his job this year.

    I know Balt's receiving corps misses Pitta and Boldin badly but the Bears defense sucks hard and is held together by silly string and hair spray. Bottom line: that was a pathetic performance for a highly paid QB.
     
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    True JJ, but in the case or Ray Rice, Harbaugh said that he was finally recovered from a Hip inj he's been playing through and thought he was going to have a big game. In this instance I think it was a perfect storm of really good RB finally healthy hitting a D that is really bad at stopping the run.
     
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    Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears
    November, 17, 2013
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    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com
    CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears23-20 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.

    Mud room: After playing on basically a quagmire at rain-soaked Soldier Field -- “It felt like a pig pen out there,” offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod yelled -- several players struggled to peel off wet, muddy clothes in the locker room immediately after the game. “I’ll bet when you woke up you didn’t expect this,” Bushrod joked to teammates. Officials delayed the game for nearly two hours due to inclement weather stemming from a couple of storms passing through the area. Bushrod said the team "almost was on 'Sunday Night Football.'" Rookie right tackle Jordan Mills said “it was like playing in a muddy pond.”

    Good advice: Strong gusts led to the National Weather Service issuing wind advisories, and as the Bears prepared to take the field against the Ravens, coach Marc Trestman gave quarterback Josh McCown some advice that he put to use in the game. “When it’s breezy, swing easy,” McCown said Trestman told him. By focusing more on throwing spirals that would cut through the wind instead of trying to throw with more velocity, McCown said he was able to throw better passes in difficult conditions.

    Message board: At the end of the team’s pregame dry-erase board were the words “Bear Down” and “Be a Monster.” Given the weather conditions Sunday, those words seemed especially applicable.
     
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    5 things we learned vs. Ravens
    November, 17, 2013

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    By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

    CHICAGO -- Here are five things we learned in the Chicago Bears' 23-20 victory over theBaltimore Ravens:

    1. The Josh McCown story keeps getting better: We are witness to a truly remarkable NFL story. Just when you think McCown is about to fall back to reality, he goes out and posts a 92.9 quarterback rating against a tough Ravens defense. McCown has now attempted 101 passes without throwing a single interception. Do you realize how difficult that is to do for a backup quarterback in the NFL? Once again, McCown delivered with the game on the line, firing a strike to tight end Martellus Bennett for 43 yards that set up the game-winningRobbie Gould field goal. McCown is now 2-0 with a 100.0 quarterback rating in four appearances. Jay Cutler is the Bears’ clear-cut No. 1 quarterback, but there is absolutely no need for him to rush back from his high-ankle sprain before he’s ready. McCown has it under control.

    2. The Bears are suddenly right back in the mix: Such is life in the week-to-week NFL. The Bears’ locker room was full of despair last week after their second loss of the season to theDetroit Lions that effectively put the Bears two games behind Detroit in the NFC North standings. But fast-forward seven days and the Bears are neck and neck with the Lions at 6-4 (Detroit still holds the head-to-head tiebreaker) following the exciting overtime win against the Ravens and Detroit’s disappointing defeat in Pittsburgh. Plus, Green Bay dropped to 5-5 with a loss to the New York Giants. With winnable games on the horizon versus the St. Louis Rams (4-6) and Minnesota Vikings (2-8), the Bears are poised to stay in contention for the foreseeable future. Of course, the vibe of the season could change again if the Bears are upset Sunday in St. Louis, but that’s what makes the NFL so great. With only a handful of elite teams, the second-tier outfits usually keep their fans interested until the bitter end.

    3. Rookies deliver on defense: There are still gaping holes in the Bears’ run defense -- Baltimore rushed for 174 yards and one touchdown -- but the play of rookies Jon Bostic andDavid Bass can be best described as encouraging. Bass came up with the defensive play of the game when he managed to avoid a cut block and leapt into the air to intercept a Joe Flacco pass at the line of scrimmage and return it for a touchdown. That sequence proved to be a turning point in the game for the Bears. Bostic later showcased his athleticism and speed by dropping into the middle of the field and snaring a Flacco throw for a big interception. Although the jury is still out on some of the Bears’ recent defensive draft picks, it was enjoyable to see a couple first-year players contribute to the victory.

    4. Never a doubt with Gould: Despite the horrible weather conditions on Sunday, Gould went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, including the 38-yard game winner in overtime. Kicking at Soldier Field is not easy, but Gould has mastered the art better than almost anybody in the history of the franchise, with the exception of Kevin Butler. However, if Gould receives a new deal from the club in the offseason, he will eventually break all of Butler’s team kicking records. Gould is 19-of-20 on field goal attempt this season. As the weather continues to change and the games get closer as the season wears on, Bears fans will appreciate Gould more than ever. When called upon, Gould almost always comes through in the clutch.

    5. Soldier Field workers deal with adversity: Soldier Field takes its share of abuse because of the grass playing surface, but the stadium workers responsible for evacuating the crowd during the weather delay deserve kudos. It is not easy to evacuate 60,000 people from their seats in a short period of time, but, from my vantage point, the workers got most of the stadium cleared before the really bad weather rolled in on Sunday. Now, I obviously cannot speak for what happened when the fans reached the covered areas of the concourses, but given the serious nature of the weather we experienced in the Chicagoland area, I thought the Soldier Field staff did its best to keep the paying customers as safe as possible. There was an issue in the upper deck on the northwest corner of the stadium, but that appeared to be more of a problem with the design of the stadium, not the effort or approach by the security guards charged with the task of getting fans to shelter. And, finally, the security guards tackled a Ravens fan who rushed onto the field during the delay. It was a good effort all around.
     
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    Bears guilty of season-high 13 penalties
    November, 17, 2013
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    By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

    CHICAGO – Had the outcome been different Sunday, the Chicago Bears’ season-high 13 penalties would have been a central storyline, instead of a footnote.

    Before the 23-20 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bears had committed just 40 penalties this season, with the previous game high of six occurring in the club’s Week 5 loss to New Orleans.

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    AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastZack Bowman's horse-collar tackle on Torrey Smith extended the Ravens' game-tying drive.
    Cornerback Zack Bowman had the most difficult time with the officials on Sunday, flagged a total of five times (one of the penalties was declined). The most costly of Bowman’s infractions came on the Ravens’ final drive of regulation, when the cornerback – starting in place of the injured Charles Tillman – was called for a horse-collar penalty while tackling receiver Torrey Smith after a 6-yard completion on third-and-10. Bowman’s mistake gave Baltimore 15 yards and a fresh set of downs, and the Ravens ultimately drove down the field and kicked a game-tying field goal with three seconds left on the clock.

    “After the play [Smith] popped up and told me that I had his jersey [and that it wasn’t a horse collar],” Bowman said. “But hey, it is what it is. You just have to move on to the next play and keep going. It’s a close call and you just can’t worry if they make the call or don’t make the call. You just have to move on to the next play.

    “Look, Tim Jennings told me to keep playing aggressive. He told me that he’d rather see me play aggressive then not play aggressive. I just kept playing. I wasn’t [going to] worry about the officials; I wasn’t worrying about the calls. If they throw the flag, they throw it; if they don’t, they don’t. I can’t worry about what the officials do; I can just focus on what I need to do.”

    Bears coach Marc Trestman expressed his unhappiness with the club’s lack of discipline at the very beginning of his postgame news conference.

    "We had too many penalties," Trestman said. "Too many pre-snap penalties today that really inhibited our ability to function as well as we’d like to."

    The Bears’ players made no excuses for the overwhelming number of miscues, but it is likely the weather conditions Sunday played a role in the amount of infractions committed by both teams. Baltimore was flagged five times for 46 yards.

    The penalties are “obviously something we need to work on,” Bears right guard Kyle Longexplained. “When the wind is howling in and out of your helmet you can’t hear anything. Also, your vision is all messed up [with the moisture], so you have to take that all into consideration. But at the end of the day we just need to move forward.”

    Defensive end Corey Wootton added: “It was tough. We can’t make any excuses, but sometimes different people get fooled by the center movement and all the head-bobs. But really, we just have to stay poised. And the most important thing is that we need to stay onside.”
     
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