Week 7 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 6, Chicago Bears 10
What you need to know
When you hold an opponent to only ten points and still lose, the offense just didnít get it done. Such was the case for the Ravens this week as the Bears managed only one field goal and one touchdown yet still came away with the victory.
The Baltimore offense struggled to get anything going, particularly on the ground as RB Jamal Lewis only had 34 yards on 15 carries. He was stuffed early and often, and the Ravens finally gave up on the running game late. The longest rushing attempt of the game was a 14 yard run by RB Chester Taylor, and he finished with 21 yards on two carries.
QB Anthony Wright did not make any big mistakes, but failed to get his team into the end zone. Wright completed 18 of 32 passes for 164 yards with no interceptions. He looked in the direction of Todd Heap often, and Heap caught seven passes for 71 yards. No other Ravensí receiver caught more than two passes and the most productive receiver, Derrick Mason, was held to 38 yards.
The Ravensí defense played a pretty good game, but did allow a touchdown through the air to Bearsí FB Marc Edwards. They did not record a turnover and only had one sack, but the Bears were held in check from a passing yardage standpoint. The only weakness of the Ravensí defense was surprisingly in the rushing game, where they allowed Thomas Jones to run for 139 yards on 25 attempts.
Scoring ten points does not often lead to victories in NFL games, but the Bearsí smothering defense held the Ravens to two field goals and earned a victory in the process. The Bearsí conservative, mistake free offense did not light up the scoreboard but did enough to win a low scoring affair.
Bearsí QB Kyle Orton stuck to a conservative game plan, throwing mostly short passes and avoiding sacks and turnovers. He completed 15 of 29 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The nine yard touchdown was thrown to FB Marc Edwards, his only touch of the game. Orton hit TE Desmond Clark and WR Mark Bradley four times apiece, with Clark leading the team with 50 receiving yards. Muhsin Muhammad was the most frequently targeted Bearsí receiver, but only caught three passes for 39 yards.
RB Thomas Jones had another 100+ yard performance, gaining 139 yards on 25 carries. Jones helped the Bears ice the victory with 83 yards on 12 attempts in the fourth quarter, including a 42 yard run down the left side on the gameís final drive. Rookie RB Cedric Benson was not a factor in the Bearsí offense with only two carries.
The Bearsí defensive unit played solid against the run and the pass, but they particularly dominated against the Ravensí rushing attack. RB Jamal Lewis was held to 34 yards on 15 carries and Lewis was not a big part of the offense late in the game. The Bearsí pass defense was also solid, with 164 yards against and no touchdowns. Although the Bears did not get a turnover, they did sack Ravensí QB four times and were penalized only once in the game.
What you ought to know
|QB Anthony Wright, Pass: 18 - 32 - 164 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 11 - 0|
Wright played a mistake free game, but was unable to engineer a single touchdown drive against the Bearsí defense. He mostly threw high percentage, low risk passes and focused on TE Todd Heap for WR Derrick Mason for most of his pass attempts. He had completed 18 of his first 27 passes, before missing on his last five attempts when the Ravens were in desperation mode.
|RB Jamal Lewis, Rush: 15 - 34 - 0, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)|
Lewis really struggled to get things going on the ground against Chicagoís defense. He rushed 11 times in the first half for only 15 yards. His 13 yard run in the second half was his only rushing gain of more than three yards for the game. He did get one rushing attempt in the red zone, and was stuffed for only one yard, well short of a touchdown. He also contributed little in the passing game, with only two catches on four targets.
Jamal Lewisí backup saw vary little time on the field, getting two carries and two targets. One of his targets was a short reception that was nullified by a penalty.
Ricard is primarily a blocker and contributes little from a fantasy perspective. He caught one pass for seven yards on two targets and did not carry the ball at all.
Green caught the only pass thrown to him, a seven yard catch in the red zone. As Alan Ricardís backup, he didnít get on the field very much.
Mason was targeted twice in the first half and made both receptions for 38 yards. He was targeted another six times in the second half and did not record a reception. He was not targeted in the red zone. Mason was open on a long pass play late in the game that would have likely been a touchdown had QB Anthony Wright not over thrown the ball.
He wasnít much of a factor in the game, collecting only 25 yards on three targets. Both of his receptions were third down conversions, but he was not targeted in the red zone. Ravensí QB Anthony Wright clearly prefers other options in the passing game to Hymes.
Heap was clearly the favored receiver in the Baltimore passing game. His ten targets, seven receptions and 71 receiving yards all led the team in this game. He had a solid game, despite not reaching the end zone. He frequently caught the ball with room to run, and made the most of his bruising running style to gain extra yardage.
He caught both balls thrown in his direction for eight yards. As the second tight end behind Todd Heap, he doesnít have much fantasy impact.
He nailed a 40 yard field goal early in the second quarter, then hit a 29 yard attempt just before halftime.
Baltimoreís normally staunch run defense was pounded for 145 yards on 27 attempts by Bearsí running backs (mostly Thomas Jones). Jones ripped off four runs of over ten yards, including a 42 yard play late in the game to help the Bears salt away the victory. Definitely not the stellar performance that many expect from this traditionally dominant group.
The Ravensí passing defense had a decent game against the Bears, but they did allow the only touchdown of the game on a nine yard flare to Marc Edwards. They did not record an interception and only had one sack of Kyle Orton. They did hold Orton to only 145 yards and a 52% completion rate. Baltimore was called for two roughing the passer penalties, and both miscues occurred on drives where the Bears recorded their two scores.
|QB Kyle Orton, Pass: 15 - 29 - 145 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0|
Orton played a smart, steady game and did not turn the ball over. His 145 yards passing and one touchdown are not much from a fantasy perspective, but this is just about all that the Bearsí offense asks of its rookie quarterback. With the game on the line late, the Bearsí reverted back to their typical running attack. Orton did connect with Marc Edwards on a nine yard flare pass for the gameís only touchdown.
|RB Thomas Jones, Rush: 25 - 139 - 0, Rec: 1 - -5 - 0 (1 targets)|
Jones had a workman-like game through three quarters, generating 56 yards on 13 carries. When the Bears had the lead in the fourth quarter, he carried the ball 12 more times for another 83 yards, including the 42 yard play on the final drive that helped the Bears run out the clock. He had two carries in the red zone, getting stopped well short of the goal line in both cases. He was targeted on only one pass, a screen play that was blown up by the Baltimore defense.
Benson only appeared during one drive during the first half, getting one carry and three yards. He also spelled Thomas Jones for one play in the second half, after Jonesí 42 yard run in the fourth quarter.
Edwards logged a touchdown in the first quarter on a pass from Orton. It was his only target and he did not carry the ball during the game.
Bradley was targeted often early in the game, catching two balls of the four thrown in his direction in the first quarter. He ended the game with four catches and 37 yards and was not a factor in the red zone.
Although he was targeted a team high ten times, he only caught three passes for 40 yards, far from his expected numbers.
Berrian was targeted on two consecutive plays in the first quarter, catching both for 15 yards. He wasnít a factor in the final three quarters of the game.
Wade was targeted three times but did not record a catch. One of the balls in his direction was very catchable and dropped.
Clark was a significant factor in the passing game, being targeted nine times and collecting four receptions for 50 yards. He did not get into the end zone but was targeted twice in the red zone, catching an eight yard pass at the 12 yard line. The other red zone ball in his direction fell incomplete. It is pretty clear that Orton is getting comfortable with Clark as a safety valve in the Bearsí passing offense.
Reid was targeted twice but finished the game without a catch.
Gould made good on one of two field goal attempts, making from 23 yards and missing from 47 yards. He also converted his only extra point.
Chicagoís defense excelled in the running game, especially in the first half. Jamal Lewis was held to 15 yards on 11 carries in the first half and had no rushing attempts for more than four yards. The longest rushing attempt of the first half was a five yard scramble by Ravensí QB Anthony Wright. Lewis was held to 34 yards on the game on 15 carries. The Bearsí dominating run defense (and second half lead) forced the Ravens to focus more on the passing game in the second half.
The Bearsí pass defense had a very solid game, holding the Ravens to 164 yards and no touchdowns. The Ravens were able to complete a high percentage of passes, but the Bears did not allow any deep plays beyond 22 yards. They did not intercept any passes, but did sack Ravensí QB Anthony Wright four times, the last three of which came in the fourth quarter with the Ravens trailing and in obvious passing situations. The Bearsí pass defense played error free without penalties.