They sure are playing like one, though.
» The Ravens are 13-1 at home vs. NFC opponents since 2003.
» With six receptions, Ravens WR Derrick Mason now has 855 for his career, making him the 16th player in NFL history to reach 850 receptions.
» The Bears have lost 8 of their last 10 games following a 3-1 start.
Baltimore (8-6) led 14-0 after 13 minutes and 31-7 after three quarters. The victory solidified the Ravens' hold on the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC and improved their record against teams currently with losing records to 6-0.
"The game looked like one team was playing for something and the other one really wasn't," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
Baltimore scored 24 points off turnovers.
"That's what great teams do," said Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who had two interceptions. "Good teams get turnovers. Great teams convert them."
The Ravens had alternatingly won and lost for seven straight weeks, but now -- after beating Detroit 48-3 last Sunday -- they have their first winning streak since September.
"Obviously, the last two games we've played well," said tight end Todd Heap, who caught two TD passes. "Defense made some big plays for us today and we were able to capitalize. We've talked about it over the past few weeks, starting faster. You can talk about it all you want, but the biggest thing is you have to do it."
"We need to win games anyway, but I'm not going to lie," Flacco said, "I saw the scores."
Cutler went 10 for 27 for 94 yards. The Bears have lost six of seven overall and five straight on the road.
"You get some breaks, you don't get some breaks. It seems like we haven't got a lot of breaks," Cutler said. "A lot of that falls on myself and the rest of the offense as well. There's a lot of character and a lot of pride in that room. Today, obviously, didn't reflect that."
Cutler completed a 30-yard pass to Bennett on the game's first play from scrimmage. But the drive ended with an interception by Foxworth at the Baltimore 46, and the Ravens cashed in with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Heap.
And then it happened again: The Bears moved to the Baltimore 14, Jarret Johnson picked off a short pass intended for fullback Jason McKie, and Flacco ended an 81-yard drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Heap.
Down 14-0, Chicago found a different way to end a march in frustrating fashion. After twice running for first downs, Cutler overthrew tight end Greg Olsen on fourth down from the Baltimore 1.
But the Bears held, and Bennett took the punt up the middle before cutting down the right sideline for a touchdown.
Baltimore missed a chance to widen its lead when Billy Cundiff hooked a 30-yard field goal try late in the half.
But the Ravens pulled away with a 17-point third quarter. After Demetrius Williams caught a 32-yard touchdown pass between two defenders, rookie Johnny Knox fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and Flacco connected with Derrick Mason for an 18-yard score.
"It comes down to one thing: We need to do a better job with ball security," Knox said.
"Hopefully, we're building momentum at the right time. That's what we're trying to do," Harbaugh said.
"Every week stands on its own," Harbaugh said. "We're going to come out with a new challenge against our archrivals next week at their place."
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press