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Ravens vs. Bears staff picks: Who will win Sunday’s Week 11 game in Chicago?

Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s Week 11 game between the Ravens (6-3) and Chicago Bears (3-6) at Soldier Field:

Jonas Shaffer, reporter

Ravens 24, Bears 21: The Ravens are getting a week and a half to fix what went wrong in Miami, but Lamar Jackson’s limited workweek might offset some of that self-scouting. Chicago’s injury situation is also worth watching here; the Bears could again be down a few stars. Ultimately, in a matchup of a team that’s struggled on the road and a team that’s struggled everywhere, it’s wise to bet against the squad with the young quarterback. The Chargers’ Justin Herbert struggled in his first test against the Ravens’ defensive looks. Will Bears rookie Justin Fields fare any better?

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Mike Preston, columnist

Ravens 21, Bears 14: The Ravens will show up for this game after being embarrassed last week by the Dolphins in Miami. This game doesn’t draw much interest, especially because the Bears are struggling, but it will be fun to watch rookie quarterback Justin Fields go up against Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Both are elusive and can make plays on the run. Other than those two, this game probably won’t be very entertaining.

Childs Walker, reporter

Ravens 31, Bears 20: The Ravens came out flat in Miami and never solved the problems thrown at them by an attacking defense. They’ll have another chance to bank a victory in Chicago, where the Bears have been mediocre on defense and erratic on offense with rookie Justin Fields at quarterback. This time, the Ravens will get it done, led by a rebound performance from Lamar Jackson against a less blitz-happy defense.

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Ryan McFadden, reporter

Ravens 28, Bears 17: Sunday provides the Ravens a perfect opportunity to get back in the win column after struggling to solve Miami’s blitz-heavy defense last week. The Bears’ offense has been inconsistent under Justin Fields and their defense has struggled, allowing an average of 33.3 points over the past three games. Lamar Jackson will have a bounce-back performance and don’t be surprised if rookie receiver Rashod Bateman finally records his first career touchdown.

C.J. Doon, editor

Ravens 24, Bears 16: There’s not much that Chicago does well this year, ranking 26th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Even the Bears’ usually stout defense has been a disappointment and could be missing top edge rusher Khalil Mack and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on Sunday. The only thing that might keep Chicago hanging around is rookie quarterback Justin Fields, who is coming off his best game as a pro in a narrow loss to the Steelers. John Harbaugh teams usually feast on rookie quarterbacks, even though former Bears first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky came into M&T Bank Stadium and won in 2017. Fields won’t be so lucky going up against Lamar Jackson.

Tim Schwartz, editor

Ravens 27, Bears 17: The Ravens have enough veterans to know they can’t lay an egg two weeks in a row after a hugely disappointing game against the Dolphins last Thursday. The Bears have a rookie quarterback and can’t stop the run, a recipe that fits well with what the Ravens like to do. Assuming the illness that kept quarterback Lamar Jackson and wide receiver Rashod Bateman from practicing isn’t serious and wideout Marquise Brown’s thigh injury doesn’t prevent him from playing, the Ravens should be as healthy as they’ve been all season with tight end Nick Boyle back and running back Latavius Murray looking good enough to go. Crazier things have happened in this wonky NFL season, but look for the Ravens to get back on track with a solid win.

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