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Bears Win Defensive Battle

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Oct 24, 2005 1:04PM

2005_10_sports_bears_week7.jpgIn a game that featured two of the NFL's top defenses and two offenses relying on backup QBs, the Bears beat the Baltimore Ravens 10-6 at Soldier Field.

The Bears marched 78 yards down the field and scored a TD at the end of the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. The rest of the game's scoring was limited to 3 field goals -- two by the Ravens in the 2nd quarter and one by the Bears in the 3rd. The scoring was about what most expected from these two teams.

The keys to the Bears win was the Bears ability to shut down Jamal Lewis. While nowhere near the runner he was when he gained over 2000 yards in 2003, he still could have had a big day. But the Bears held him to just 34 yards on 15 attempts. Meanwhile, the Bears running game excelled once again as Thomas Jones ran for 139 yards on 25 carries. Both QBs played conservative, turnover-free games so the running attack was the difference maker.

With the win, the Bears kept pace with the Detroit Lions atop the NFC North while climbing to .500 at 3-3. They've now won two straight -- an actual winning streak! They face the Lions next week in a battle for supremacy of the NFC North. Should they win that game, they then face the Saints and 49ers which could mean a possible 5 game winning streak. Hey, if the Sox can make the World Series anything's possible.