Can the Ravens take advantage of the Bears injuries?
The Bears have been decimated by injuries on both offense and defense. After three weeks, Chicago was 3-0 and looked like one of the better teams in the NFC. But the Bears lost Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton to a season-ending knee injury during that third game and are also currently without quarterback Jay Cutler, seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs and Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman. They will also likely be without defensive end Shea McClellin today against the Ravens. Chicago still has talent even without all of those players, and Josh McCown has played well at quarterback in place of Cutler, but the injuries have a taken a toll on the defense. In particular, the Bears have become vulnerable against the run, and not having McClellin would hurt an already underwhelming pass rush.

Is this the game that Baltimore finally has a productive game on the ground?
It's hard to call anything a favorable matchup for a running game that is tied for last in the NFL in yards per carry, but this is a matchup that the Ravens may be able to take advantage of. The Bears were allowing just 3.5 yards per carry through three games. But losing Melton had an impact, and not having Briggs the last two games has hurt the run defense as well. In the six games since Melton was hurt, Chicago is allowing 4.9 yards per carry. Lions running back Reggie Bush had 139 yards on just 18 carries against the Bears in Week 4 and 105 yards on just 14 carries last week. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who was out of football most of last year, had 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Week 6. The Redskins ran for 209 yards as a team in Week 7. And Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy had 150 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Week 9. That said, Baltimore's running game has had other favorable matchups and has still been held to 3.3 yards per carry or fewer in every game.

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Can the Ravens contain Bears WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery?
Even without Cutler at quarterback, the Bears' passing game still presents problems because of Marshall and Jeffery. McCown has impressed teammates with how he has played in relief of Cutler. That was something Marshall talked about during his conference call with Baltimore media this week. But it helps having Marshall and Jeffery on the outside. Marshall has been one of the best wide receivers in the league for several years. Jeffery is an up-and-comer. He only had 24 catches as a rookie last season, but he has 47 catches for 735 yards and three touchdowns in nine games this year. Like Marshall, he is big and physical, and Marshall and multiple members of the Ravens' secondary raved about his hands this week. Together, Marshall and Jeffery have combined for more yards (1,521) than any other receiving tandem in the NFL. However, bad weather is in the forecast for today, which could create problems for both passing games.

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