Five Things We Learned about the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the Chicago Bears
Childs Walker analyzes what we can take from the Ravens' overtime loss in Chicago.
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5. The Ravens' strength, their defensive front, was a weakness in Chicago( Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports / November 17, 2013 )
There's little question that if you look at the whole season, the Ravens have excelled in the pass rush more than any facet of the game.
That wasn't the case Sunday, when the Bears' excellent pass-blocking line kept Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil from making much impact. Suggs managed just one tackle, and Dumervil's name didn't come up until he was whistled for a roughing penalty that extended a Bears drive in the fourth quarter. (To be fair, the roughing call was another example of the league's overzealous protection of quarterbacks.)
It was certainly a different picture from the previous week, when the Ravens battered Andy Dalton into a poor performance. Bears back-up quarterback Josh McCown had all the time he needed to attack the Ravens down the stretch.
The Ravens also missed Haloti Ngata, who was inactive with a knee injury. With Terrence Cody in for him at nose tackle, Bears running back Matt Forte cut through the middle of the defense for an average of 4.6 yards per carry.
It's telling that five of the team's seven leading tacklers were defensive backs. That means the Bears got past the line of scrimmage too easily for most of the day.