The Baltimore Ravens (7-6) face a struggling NFC North opponent and are looking to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly three months in order to remain in the mix for an AFC wild-card berth. They are hosting the (5-8) Chicago Bears and then a favorable road schedule to a struggling Pittsburgh team followed by the Oakland Raiders. The Ravens are in the wild-card mix with Jacksonville, Miami, Denver and the New York Jets. Baltimore hasn’t won consecutive games since opening 3-0. The Ravens are 12-1 at home against NFC opponents since the start of the 2003 season and face a Bears team that’s lost seven of nine overall and four in a row on the road. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, acquired in the off-season through a trade with Denver has been struggling with his new team. He has a league leading 22 interceptions and has thrown three more interceptions than touchdowns in a disappointing first year with the Bears. To make matters worse for Cutler, its possible that he won’t have leading receiver Devin Hester for a second consecutive game due to a calf injury. Chicago is 2-1 against the Ravens, losing 17-6 in its only road appearance in the series back in September of 2001. Listed below are your betting lines, trends and predictions for this Bears vs Ravens game.
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Bears vs Ravens Spread and Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +11(-110)
vs Baltimore Ravens -11 (-110)
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Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
Bears vs Ravens Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Baltimore 30 Chicago 17
Spread Prediction – Take the RAVENS to cover this spread. Ravens running back Ray Rice rushed for a career high 166 yards on 13 carries in a 48-3 rout last week against Detroit. Chicago gives up 127.9 rushing yards per game, ranking 24th in the league, expect Rice to have another big day. On the defense side of the ball, the Ravens are giving up 12.6 points per game while 5-2 at home. They are also expecting safety and captain Ed Reed to return after missing the last two games with a hip injury.
Over/Under – Take the OVER. Baltimore tied a franchise record for most points in a game last weekend and leads the league with an average margin of victory at 19.7 points a game. Despite the fact that Cutler is struggling, the Bears offense is still averaging a decent 14.6 points in their last six games. Both teams do not have difficulty finding the end zone.
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