After Ravens outside linebacker Tyus Bowser’s sack late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears was called back because of a defensive holding penalty on cornerback Marlon Humphrey, his teammates told him the next one would come around.
With the Ravens clinging to a 16-13 lead during the final seconds, Bowser couldn’t ask for a better time to record his second sack. The veteran linebacker pushed away Bears offensive lineman Larry Borom before sacking backup quarterback Andy Dalton, solidifying the Ravens’ win and an impressive day for the pass rush.
“What a great time for that second one to come, putting the icing on the cake,” Bowser said. “So, today, just being able to go out there, finish the game and come out with the win here in Chicago, it was awesome.”
Bowser was a force in the Ravens’ front seven throughout the afternoon. In addition to the two sacks, he had five total tackles and a forced fumble.
“Tyus Bowser has been playing as good of football as any outside linebacker in the National Football League all season long,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He got a couple of sacks today. But everything he does well and leading our team the way he does.”
With 8:20 left in the first half, Bowser strip-sacked Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Calais Campbell recovered.
During the Bears’ first drive of the third quarter, Fields scrambled on third-and-11 before Bowser tackled him well short of a first down. Fields left the game after the play with a rib injury, but Bowser said it was never his intention to hurt the rookie quarterback.
“I’m a big fan of Justin, so just to see him go out, that kind of hurt me,” Bowser said. “[I’m] just letting him know, it was never my intent to hurt the guy. I enjoy seeing him play on the field, and I hope you get better soon.”
Second-year linebacker Patrick Queen had a team-high seven tackles. Queen, who has improved since switching to the weak-side linebacker spot, stopped Bears running back David Montgomery for a loss of 6 yards early in the first quarter.
Veteran linebacker Justin Houston and defensive end Justin Madubuike combined for a sack on Fields a few plays before he left in the third quarter with an injury.
Madubuike made a big stop in the fourth quarter when he tackled Montgomery on fourth-and-1 at midfield with 12:30 to go.
The Ravens finished the game with seven quarterback hits, three sacks and four tackles for loss.
Calais Campbell’s bizarre injury
In the third quarter, Campbell limped off to the sideline and was listed as questionable to return with a foot injury. But CBS analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo thought Campbell was faking his injury.
After Fields completed a 22-yard pass to receiver Darnell Mooney with 13:40 on the clock, Chicago lined up to snap the ball while a Ravens defender hustled off the field. Just before the ball was snapped, Campbell hobbled out of position and appeared to be kneeling in pain.
Campbell was attended to by trainers before walking off the field under his own power. Romo openly wondered whether the former All-Pro faked the injury so that the Ravens wouldn’t get a penalty for having 12 men on the field.
Campbell eventually returned to the game.
Nick Boyle’s return
Ravens tight end Nick Boyle made his long-awaited season debut against the Bears. After being sidelined since November of last year with a knee injury, Boyle said it felt good to be back on the field.
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“The whole game atmosphere, the whole game day, to be back walking in the locker room, from preparation to warmups to everything [else], it felt really good,” Boyle said. “Winning felt really good, but I still feel like there are some plays and things that I need to clean up that still kind of irks me, and I want to get better at, because I know we have really high expectations. But overall, to go out there, like I said, it just felt really, really good.”
Boyle’s road to get back on the field was bumpy. He had clean-up surgery over the summer and practiced early in September before being placed on the short-term injured reserve list. He returned to practice Oct. 20 before being activated to the 53-man roster earlier this month.