Here’s what Baltimore Sun sports staff had to say shortly after the Ravens’ 16-13 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon:
Jonas Schaefer, reporter: The dominant narrative around the first half of the Ravens’ season was about how Lamar Jackson had turned into the NFL’s comeback kid. It was Tyler Huntley’s turn on Sunday. The second-year quarterback overcame an unfortunate late interception and an offensive defense to take the win early in his career. With the rest of the second half schedule demanding, this was not a game the Ravens could lose, not with a knockout from Justin Fields, not with so many key Bears players being inactive. “Live and move on” doesn’t usually apply in week 11, but it did on a Sunday.
Mike Preston, columnist: Crows can preach on their resilience, but when are they going to get better? Mostly the same vulnerabilities keep showing up every week. We keep hearing how the NFL, especially the AFC, is leagues week after week, but a major key is to warm up to the end of the season. A lot of strong teams lost in the AFC on Sunday, but those teams have played some quality games followed by some letdowns. The Ravens play the same ragged way every week. The question is not just of will, but of when. When will this team get better?
Childs Walker, reporter: As soon as the news broke that Lamar Jackson was too sick to play, we knew a crappy win was the best situation for the Ravens. They’ll fly to a happy group of survivors after Tyler Huntley rally them for a game-winning touchdown in the last minute.
They were almost undone, once again, by shoddy downfield coverage on amateur tackles and decisive plays. Huntley overcame a weak start to take the Ravens 6-0 to the halftime lead. He could not build his momentum in the second half as the Bears took advantage of poor pass protection to bury him repeatedly. The Ravens didn’t ask him much on the go-forward drive in the fourth quarter before, instead relying on Justin Tucker to take them home from 46 yards. But Huntley had to make a play in the end, and he pitted against a nasty hit to do so.
We didn’t learn much from this game. The Ravens are tenacious, but they drop too many explosive plays on defense and don’t produce enough on offense. Winning was the only thing that mattered in this instance, and they grabbed it.
Ryan McFadden, reporter: Early in his career, quarterback Tyler Huntley was solid despite facing constant pressure from the Bears’ defense. It was a forgettable day for Ravens cornerback Chris Westery, fourth with the game on the line and losing to Marquis Goodwin at -11, but outside linebacker Tyce Bowser (two sacks) was a force to be reckoned with, while defense and special teams took part in the stretch. Important plays below.
CJ Doon, Editor: Sure, it was ugly, but winning with a backup quarterback doesn’t have to be pretty. Tyler Huntley was dismissed six times and a costly interception was thrown in the fourth quarter. The defense continued to drop big plays, including a 60-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and a 49-yard touchdown pass on the fourth and -11 with only 1:41 remaining from longtime nemesis Andy Dalton. But when it mattered most, Huntley fielded the Ravens for a game-winning touchdown in the final minute, and the defense stood tall when needed. Despite the roster being finished, the Ravens are 7-3 in a wide open AFC. It’s a great place to go after winning a game without your MVP-caliber quarterback.
Tim Schwartz, Editor: Is it an exaggeration to say that Tyler Huntley saved the Ravens season? Sure, a loss for the Bears wouldn’t have been a death blow, but back-to-back losses for the Dolphins and Chicago Ravens and a 6-4 record would feel very different from what the Ravens are seeing now. The day the Bills lost 26 to the Colts and the Titans fell to the lowly Texans. Huntley may not take this team to the playoffs—and he won’t need to—but he did enough on the final drive to lead the Ravens to another incredible victory, one of the wildest seasons in the team’s history. changing into. How many times can Baltimore see defeat and emerge victorious? The Ravens are pushing the limits and it’s definitely fun to watch. You cannot count them, no matter who is in the center.