A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Chicago Bears.
* FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager expects the Ravens to edge the Bears, 23-20.
Don’t look now, but the Ravens could be primed for a nice second-half run. Sure, the offense is a nightmare. And yes, they were fortunate to win last week after almost giving it up on an inexplicable 51-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired. But, the defense looks about as good as it ever did last season. Elvis Dumervil’s having arguably his best season as a pro and appears to be worth every penny. The bandwagon is completely empty at the moment, but with a Cutler-less Bears team up ahead on Sunday, the Jets in Baltimore next week, and then a Thanksgiving battle with the Steelers in Baltimore, we could be looking at a 7-5 Ravens team going into Week 14.
* Only two of ESPN.com's 13 analysts pick the Ravens to win on the road.
* Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News believes the Ravens will lose, 27-23.
As Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are now part of these team’s defensive past, this is about offense. The Ravens have seen Joe Flacco struggle on the road, and Ray Rice struggle all season. The Bears don’t seem to miss much with Josh McCown, and he has the better back, Matt Forte, and the deeper, more versatile receiving corps. It’s another close game for both teams, as Baltimore sees faint playoff hopes fade.
* CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco thinks the Ravens will win, 24-17.
Neither of these two can afford a loss if they are to be in the playoff mix down the stretch. The Bears will start Josh McCown here for the injured Jay Cutler. He has played well, but when does he come back to reality? The Ravens are solid on defense. They have offensive limitations. But I think this is a spot where they show their championship colors here.
* John Breech of CBSSports.com also takes the Ravens, 20-17.
With Jay Cutler nursing an ankle injury, Josh McCown will be the Bears starting quarterback on Sunday. Here's the list of quarterbacks McCown has beaten since 2005: Mike McMahon, Tim Rattay, Billy Volek, Derek Anderson, Christian Ponder and Seneca Wallace -- oh, and Jay Cutler. That's right, McCown beat Cutler. I don't think Joe Flacco wants to be on that list and I don't think he will be.
* Five of the eight CBSSports.com analysts -- including Prisco and Breech -- think the Ravens will even their record at 5-5.
* Yahoo Sports' Frank Schwab and Les Carpenter both pick the Bears.
* Three of NFL.com's five Around the League analysts take the Ravens.
* On Showtime's Inside the NFL, Cris Collinsworth and guest Darrell Green both expect the Bears to win. Phil Simms didn't reveal a pick because he will be on the TV broadcast.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun