The Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears will both have everything to play for when they meet on Sunday in Week 11 of the NFL 2013 regular season. Both teams are just behind the leaders in their respective divisions, and if either can string a good run of wins together now there's every chance that they could go top as the regular season pushes towards a climax. Today's big game will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Ravens' win last week has pushed them towards .500 and they come into this game on 4-5. Despite losing more than they've won, AFC North leaders, the Cincinnati Bengals are only on 6-4, which means a good run of form from the Ravens could apply significant pressure on them at the top.
The Bears are similarly just behind NFC North leaders the Detroit Lions, and will be hoping a win today can help them make back lost ground. The Lions are top with a 6-3 record, where as the Bears are 5-4, having lost to the Lions just last week in a closely fought 19-21 contest.
The Bears are one of the most exciting teams in the NFL this season, ranking third in the NFL in points scored per game (28.8 points per game). Their success has mostly come in the air, where they rank 8th in the league on pass offense with 261.7 yards per game.
Much of their success has come from quarterback Jay Cutler who is 167 of 265 for 1,908 yards and 13 touchdowns. However, he is out injured this week with a high ankle sprain, coach Marc Trestman reported earlier this week. Cutler suffered the injury in the game against the Lions last week and tried to play through it, and Trestman has admitted that he may have stuck with Cutler for too long in that game.
In addition, cornerback Charles Tillman has been placed on the injury reserve with a designation to return because of a triceps injury.
Meanwhile the Baltimore Ravens gained a huge win against Cincinnati last week, defeating their main rivals 20-17 to revive their own division title hopes. That was a perfect reaction to their 18-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 9, and they will now want to continue building on last week's win with another victory today.
The Baltimore Ravens against the Chicago Bears will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network or online through free live stream by clicking here.