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Shane Matthews

Game 1: Ravens bear down, prevail

If this is the Ravens' road back to the Super Bowl, the path may seem like memory lane.

Relying on a defiant defense and a one-trick offense, the Ravens opened their title defense with a 17-6 victory over the Chicago Bears before 69,365 at PSINet Stadium yesterday.The defense again served notice, barricading the end zone in familiar fashion while solving a gimmick Bears offense after halftime.

The offense again served up a one-dimensional attack, as new quarterback Elvis Grbac took over the role of workhorse for injured running back Jamal Lewis. In his Ravens debut, Grbac completed 24 of 30 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown, marking the highest completion percentage in team...