The Baltimore Ravens are facing a traditionally nasty Chicago Bears‘ defense in Soldier Field this weekend. However, the Bears don’t seem like themselves lately. Rumor has it that Chicago is having a giveaway special for runs. Someone please put Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce on alert. If there is any week to bounce back, this is the week for the duo.
With the Bears having the second-worst run defense in football and the Ravens having the third-worst run offense in football, something has to give. Sure, it’s going to be an ugly fight and nobody wants to see it, but if it’s going to go down, there has to be a winner. No disrespect to Reggie Bush, but the Bears let this man hit them for 150 yards on the ground last weekend. Even the Washington Redskins had a field day running all over the Bears a few weeks back.
This is Definitely not Lovie Smith‘s Bears and Baltimore needs to take notice. Rice and Pierce can use this opportunity to shine for once this season. After collectively averaging a mere 2.8 yards per carry, the Ravens’ backfield are in need of this gift. The question is: will they take advantage of it? In past games, the tandem has failed to do so when facing the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers, whose run defense has been in the back half of the league as well.
The time for Juan Castillo to get the run-blocking schemes together is now. It is also time for the Ravens’ RBs to find a hole and hit it. If they can’t pull this off against the 31st ranked run-defense in the league, then John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome need to consider some personnel changes not only on the line, but in the backfield.