CHICAGO – Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears return to action Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. The Bears will look to end their four-game losing skid, but they have a tough task ahead against one of the best teams in the AFC.
Shaw Local Bears reporter Sean Hammond and NFL analyst Hub Arkush are reporting live from Soldier Field. Find Hammond on Twitter @sean_hammond and on Instagram at @bears_reporter, and follow Arkush on Twitter at @Hub_Arkush.
Bears vs. Ravens from Soldier Field in Week 11 action. As always, follow along for live updates. pic.twitter.com/HcMhYvBD8N
— Sean Hammond (@sean_hammond) November 21, 2021
Catch up on the latest Bears news out of Halas Hall below, and stay here all game long for live updates.
Justin Fields is out for the remainder of the game; Quinn records third sack
The Bears announced that Justin Fields will not return to the game. He suffered a ribs injury in the third quarter. Veteran backup Andy Dalton has been handling quarterback duties.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Robert Quinn recorded his third sack of the game and is up to 3.5 sack on the afternoon. That is a new single-game career high for the veteran. He now has 10 sacks in 10 games on the season.
Darnell Mooney breaks free for 60-yard touchdown
Moments after Andy Dalton entered the game, the veteran quarterback connected with Darnell Mooney, who broke free of two defenders for a 60-yard touchdown.
It gave the Bears their first score of the game, and their first lead, 7-6. It was Dalton’s second completion of the game. Midway through the third quarter, Mooney has three catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.
— NFL (@NFL) November 21, 2021
Justin Fields heads to locker room with rib injury
Bears quarterback Justin Fields suffered an apparent injury on the first possession of the second half. The Bears’ possession ended with a punt. Fields was attended to by trainers on the Bears sideline and went into the injury tent.
The rookie spent a few minutes in the tent before walking to the tunnel and back to the team’s locker room. The Bears later announced that Fields was questionable to return to the game with an injury to his ribs.
Veteran backup quarterback Andy Dalton began to loosen up on the Bears’ sideline.
Ravens add another score before halftime
Justin Tucker made a 27-yard field goal, putting the Ravens up 6-0 heading into halftime. Baltimore drove 55 yards on 11 plays. They caught the Bears out of position thanks to a late substitution on one play, which went for a 15-yard Ravens gain. The Ravens ran out of time and took the field goal in the final seconds.
Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith has 12 combined tackles at halftime, four shy of his career-high 16.
Ravens field goal makes it 3-0
The Ravens capitalized on the Fields fumble and drove 49 yards in 10 plays to set up a 35-yard field goal from kicker Justin Tucker.
Quarterback Tyler Huntley made a run for it on third-and-5 from the Bears’ 20-yard line, but came up two yards shy of the first down. The Ravens opted to take the lead with the short field goal.
Baltimore took a 3-0 lead with 2:11 remaining in the first half.
Fields fumbles, Ravens force game’s first turnover
On second-and-5 at the Ravens’ 36-yard line, the Ravens pass rush reached Bears quarterback Justin Fields and forced a fumble as he was about to take off for a scramble. Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser forced the fumble and defensive end Calais Campbell reached out for the loose ball to recover the fumble.
Moments earlier, Fields had thrown a nice completion to Marquise Goodwin for a 22-yard gain into Ravens territory.
The game remains scoreless midway through the second quarter.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 21, 2021
Cairo Santos misses 40-yard field goal
Justin Fields threw a beautiful pass to receiver Darnell Mooney for a 29-yard gain on the team’s first possession. The throw came on a second-and-1 in their own territory. Fields had a defender in his face and dropped the ball where only his receiver could reach it.
The beauty of a pass was squandered, however, when the drive stalled out. A few plays later, the Bears ran a pitch to David Montgomery on third down and lost six yards. Kicker Cairo Santos missed a 40-yard field goal.
Robert Quinn’s sack forces Ravens punt
The Bears won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half. Robert Quinn sacked Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley on third down, forcing the Ravens to punt on the game’s opening possession. Quinn now has 7.5 sacks on the season, which leads the Bears.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 21, 2021
Bears, Ravens announce inactives; Lamar Jackson won’t play
Lamar Jackson is officially inactive for Sunday’s game. The Ravens quarterback won’t play due to an illness. More on Jackson below.
The Bears will be without several starters. Safety Eddie Jackson, receiver Allen Robinson and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks are all inactive. Jackson and Robinson are nursing hamstring injuries. Hicks is battling an ankle injury.
Also inactive for the Bears is running back Damien Williams, defensive back Artie Burns, quarterback Nick Foles and tight end Jesper Horsted.
Why isn’t Lamar Jackson playing? Who is the backup?
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been struggling with an illness this week, which the team said is not COVID-19. Jackson missed two days of practice before returning to the team facility Friday. The Ravens announced Saturday that Jackson was “questionable” with an illness.
Reports from the national media indicated that Jackson’s status truly came down to a game-time decision based on how he was feeling Sunday morning. He was officially designated as inactive hours before the game.
In place of Jackson, backup quarterback Tyler Huntley will make his first career start. Huntley is a second-year pro who went undrated out of Utah in 2020. He has thrown 16 career pass attempts. He played briefly in two games this season. All 11 of his pass attempts this year came in garbage-time action against the Bengals in Week 7.
What to expect from the Ravens
Arkush wrote his weekly breakdown looking at key matchups, players to watch, X-factor and more. Find his entire pregame breakdown here.
Hammond provided his top five things to watch in Sunday’s game. That preview is available here.
Was anybody brave enough to pick the Ravens to win the game? Find out in Shaw Local’s staff picks.
The Ravens lost last week against the Miami Dolphins thanks to a blitz-heavy attack from the Dolphins. Don’t expect the Bears to take the same approach. Defensive coordinator Sean Desai and the Bears defense take an entirely different approach than Miami.
With Lamar Jackson out, it’s hard to know what to expect from the Ravens offense this week.
What happened to Khalil Mack?
The Bears placed outside linebacker Khalil Mack on injured reserve this week. The Pro Bowl pass rusher is expected to have season-ending foot surgery next week.
Mack has missed two consecutive games due to the injury, which first popped onto the team’s injury report in late September. He played through the pain in four consecutive games before sitting out against San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
The Bears had been hopeful Mack could return this season, but they came to a crossroads this week and determined the best move forward was to shut him down.
What else you missed this week
Catch up on the latest news from Halas Hall in Lake Forest here.
Source: The Daily Chronicle