The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ home game Sunday against the Ravens:
Miami figured out a way to stop Lamar Jackson last week, which means the Bears are going to be facing a very motivated quarterback Sunday. The Ravens’ defense is exceptional against the run but awful against the pass. I can’t decide if that’s good news or bad for Justin Fields. Season: 7-2.
The Bears are driven by hope and dreams. The hope is Fields keeps improving. The dreams are the team, coaches and GM improve with him. Jackson is whom Fields dreams to be. It could all be a hallucination. Season: 6-3.
With the fourth-best rush defense in the NFL, the Ravens figure to take away David Montgomery and make the Bears throw. Three weeks ago, that would have been a terrible recipe for the Bears — but now? More importantly, though: do I get half-credit for picking the Bears over the Steelers? Season: 7-2.
The Ravens are out to prove they’re a legitimate AFC contender. The Bears are out to prove they’re a legitimate NFL team. Fields will continue his rise, but there are too many questions about the Bears’ defense. Season: 7-2.
The Bears are coming off their bye week and are energized by Fields’ performance against the Steelers. But the Ravens are on long rest, as well, and figure to respond after losing to the Dolphins last Thursday night. Season: 7-2.