Ravens vs. Bears: Everything You Need to Know

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Basics

Kickoff: 1 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium
TV: FOX/WBFF-TV (Ch. 15)
TV Crew: Sam Rosen (play-by-play), Ronde Barber (analyst), Kristina Pink (sideline)
TV Coverage: View Map 
Radio: 98 Rock | WBAL-1090 AM | Westwood One
Local Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky (play-by-play), Stan White (analyst), Todd Heap (analyst) 
National Radio Crew: John Sadak (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (analyst)
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Jersey Color: Purple
Referee Crew:Ed Hochuli

Stakes

Baltimore snapped its two-game losing streak with a huge win in Oakland last week. Now the Ravens can't lose that momentum when they return home against a Bears team that has just one win this season.

History

The Ravens and Bears have met five times in franchise history (once every four years) because Chicago is in the NFC. The Bears have won all three games at Soldier Field and the Ravens have won both games at M&T Bank Stadium. Fortunately for the Ravens, this game will be played in Baltimore. In their last meeting in 2013, Chicago won, 23-20, in overtime. Key Storylines

Ravens vs. Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky
No rookie quarterback has ever come into M&T Bank Stadium and won since Head Coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008. The combination of a complex and stingy defense with the roar of the crowd is a tough combination to overcome. Bears No. 2-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky will be the 10th rookie to try to break the streak, and he'll be making the first road start of his NFL career. The Ravens respect Trubisky's obvious talent, both with his arm and legs, but want the rookie to see ghosts.

Baltimore's Run Defense
The Ravens' run defense just hasn't been the same without the big guy, Brandon Williams, in the middle. Baltimore ranks 23rd against the run, allowing 123 yards per game. The Bears, meanwhile, got their only win of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers when Jordan Howard ran all over them for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens can't let Howard and Chicago's strong run game take over.

Can the Offense Keep it up?
The Ravens had an offensive breakout in Oakland. Joe Flacco hit the big play they've long needed on the first snap from scrimmage. The offensive line didn't give up a single sack against a talented pass-rushing group and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack. The run game imposed its will and chewed up the clock in the fourth quarter. This week, Flacco said the Ravens offense received a shot of confidence. Will it roll into a second straight strong showing versus the league's sixth-ranked defense?

Players to Watch

CB Marlon Humphrey
Top cornerback Jimmy Smith left last week's game in Oakland after just seven snaps because of Achilles soreness. That thrust Humphrey into his most extensive action yet, and he handled it well. It remains to be seen if, or how much, Smith will play this week. Humphrey could get his first career start. The first-round pick is looking for his first interception.

RG Jermaine Eluemunor
The fifth-round rookie could get his first career start replacing Matt Skura, who went down with a knee injury last week. Eluemunor has held his own, and he'll be put to the test once again versus a Bears pass rush featuring former Raven Pernell McPhee, inside linebacker Danny Trevathan and 2016 first-round outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. Eluemunor had been rotating with Skura, so he has reps under his belt.

WR Breshad Perriman
Perriman made a clutch 13-yard catch against the Raiders, moving the chains in a third-and-long situation. There's hope that it could get him jumpstarted after a slow start to the season. With Mike Wallace coming on and Jeremy Maclin his usual steady self, Perriman could add another dimension to Baltimore's passing game if he can prove to be more of a reliable threat.

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