Freeman TD raises crows over bears with Jackson sidelined
Chicago — Tyler Huntley, who was playing for star quarterback Lamar Jackson, led a winning campaign that culminated in three yards from DeVonta Freeman by 22 seconds, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Chicago Bears 16-13 on Sunday.
Jackson was absent from the field due to illness for the Ravens team, the leaders in North Asia (7-3), who kept him out of action 90 minutes before kick-off after receiving some throws on the field. The 2019 MVP was fully involved in practice on Friday after being postponed for the past two days. Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that the disease is not COVID-19.
Justin Tucker scored three field goals, and the Ravens came out with a win after losing the previous week in Miami.
Chicago’s Andy Dalton threw two goals, including 49 yards for Marquis Goodwin in the closing minutes. Justin Fields left the game with a rib injury in the third quarter.
The Bears (3-7) lost fifth place in a row.
Dalton found Goodwin deep in the middle to lock in for 75 yards and put Chicago on top 13-9 with 1:41 remaining. Although the two-point conversion pass failed, the Bears appear to be in good shape.
But the Ravens answered with a 72-yard landing drive. Freeman ran it after Huntley’s 30-yard pass to Sammy Watkins and put the ball into goal 3.
Huntley completed 26 of 36 passes for 219 yards in his first career start. The sophomore from Utah also threw in an interception and was fired six times in his fifth pro appearance.
Fields took a huge step back after several promising outings. The Novice was 4 of 11 for 79 yards after throwing for 291 yards high at Pittsburgh two weeks ago.
Dalton, who started his first two games before a knee injury in Week 2 against Cincinnati, came in with an 8:46 left in the third quarter and quickly threw a 60-yard touchdown to Darnell Mooney to give the Bears a 7-6 lead. The Warrior was aged 11 for 23 for 201 yards.
Mooney got 121 yards. Goodwin added 104. Robert Quinn had 3 1/2 bags. But the Bears have been a win-winner since 2013.
That didn’t help them lose star midfielder Khalil Mack, who is expected to have foot surgery at the end of the season this week. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) and receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) were also unavailable.
The Bears had a chance to score on their first possession, but came back empty-handed when Cairo Santos missed a 40-yard field goal.
Chicago led to Baltimore 36 in the second quarter, but that threat dissipated when strip-sacked Teos Boozer Fields recovered and Calais Campbell returned to the Ravens. This resulted in a 35-yard field goal from Tucker to lead 3-0 with 2:11 remaining in the half.
Tucker added 27 yards in the final seconds of the half to lock in a 55-yard run that took just over a minute.
The Ravens: Campbell suffered a foot injury off the ball in the first round of the second half. It came down when the teams lined up after catching Mooney.
Bears: DB Duke Shelley (hamstring) is out after being injured while covering a kick in the fourth quarter.
Ravens: Host Cleveland next Sunday.
Bears: Visit Detroit on Thursday.
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