Ravens preparing for stormy weather in Chicago

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens are preparing for a potential mudder of a football game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

There's an 80 percent chance of rain with strong rainstorms and heavy winds anticipated, according to The Weather Channel

"We're bringing our rain coats," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "You have to prepare for it, sure. Footing will be an issue there. Game plan, it may move in that direction.

"It's probably more of a situation where you have the various game plan options that you need play-wise and things like that available, but you won't know until you start playing the game how that it's going to affect the game."

The Ravens rank 30th in rushing offense, rushing for 73.1 rushing yards per game and are last in the NFL with a 2.8 average per carry. The Bears' run defense is 31st overall, surrendering 129.4 rushing yards a game.

So, it's unclear whose offense might benefit the most from inclement weather.

Led by running back Matt Forte, the Bears rank 15th in rushing offense and the Ravens are 10th in rushing defense.

"As a receiver, obviously if you could pick you wouldn't choose to play in the rain," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "That's what football is about. We're a team that can adapt and play in any weather.

"Speaking from a receivers' point of view, you just got to focus on the fundamentals and make the play when we do throw it because obviously it tends to favor the run game when it's raining like that."

The Ravens will also take precautions to ensure ball security.

“You better be thinking about it, that’s for sure," Harbaugh said. "You better take your time taking the snap exchange, throwing, catching, put it away first. You better be more cognizant of it. We have practiced in the rain.

"We have done a lot of wet ball work throughout the course of the season, so you’d like to think that that would pay off. But guys just have to do a great job with it. Whatever team does a better job is going to have a better chance of winning.”



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