NFL Picks: Ravens vs. Bears

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 8:39 PM UTC

The Bears are favored at home but will have to cope without Jay Cutler. Will it be Chicago or Baltimore that grabs the win in Week 11?

Check out SBRs NFL Week 11 Betting Odds Report

Odds Overview

Even though the Bears are dealing with a lot of injuries, they're still favored by a field goal (2.5 at some NFL betting sites) over the Ravens. Chicago is 5-4 SU and 2-6-1 ATS and Baltimore is 4-5 SU and ATS through the first 10 weeks of the season.

A total play may be in order for this one. If interested in going that route, you can find the O/U at 46.5.

Baltimore Ravens

Something had to change, with the Ravens having lost three straight games by a combined 11 points. Baltimore was losing too many close games and their position in the playoff race was suffering greatly because of it.

Needless to say, the Ravens' 20-17 home win over Cincinnati last week was a perfect way to starting righting the ship. Baltimore had just seen A.J. Green catch a hail-mary with no time remaining on the clock, but held their nerve in overtime to win on a Justin Tucker field goal.

Statistically, it wasn't a pretty day for the Ravens offense. They had only 189 total yards of offense, with Joe Flacco throwing for only 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ray Rice was held to 30 yards on 18 carries. The defense, which forced three turnovers, saved the day.

Still, a win's a win and it was a hugely important one for the Ravens. They're still very much alive in the AFC North, with Cincinnati still in the lead at 6-4 but both Baltimore and Cleveland on their heels at 4-5.

With the Ravens' next three games at home, a victory over Chicago could be a huge boost as Jim Harbaugh's crew tries to make a push for the division crown.

Chicago Bears

It's probably been really tough to be a Bears fan over the last six weeks or so. Chicago has alternated wins and losses over their past five games, having beaten Green Bay and the New Giants, while losing to Washington, New Orleans and Detroit.

The Bears were involved in a very close matchup with the Lions last week but lost 21-19 despite a late push from Josh McCown, Brandon Marshall and the rest of the bunch.

McCown had come in for a clearly limited Jay Cutler, who had thrown for 250 yards (with one TD and one pick) before coming out of the game. McCown came in and looked composed, completing 6-of-9 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were tormented the Lions secondary all game long, totaling 16 receptions for 253 yards and two scores between them. However, that still wasn't enough, as Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson showed up to play as well and took home the victory.

The loss means Chicago now stands at 5-4 in the competitive NFC North, one game behind Detroit. With the Lions facing a tough test in Pittsburgh this weekend, a win for the Bears here could put them right back in the conversation.

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NFL Pick

The Ravens are hanging in there, but they're just not the same team on the road, having gone 1-4 SU and ATS away from Baltimore. We'll be recommending that you back the Bears at home with your sports picks, in spite of the fact they'll be leaning on their backup quarterback once again.

We all saw what McCown did the other week and we believe he'll do enough to keep Chicago in the mix here in Week 11.

Many will be afraid of taking the Bears, for their NFL picks, in this spot but we like the Bears to rally once again and please the home fans with a W.

NFL Pick: Chicago Bears -2.5

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