The Bears at the Raiders game on November 27 was certainly one for Bears fans to forget. The Bears lost 20-25 after a lackluster first half performance, despite an impressive showing by the defense. Coming off a five game win streak, the Bears had high hopes for their matchup against an injury depleted Raiders team.
Caleb Hanie, starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler, was the focus of attention leading to the game. His performance was a tale of two halves – a mistake prone first half that saw him throw three interceptions was followed by a much better second half that saw an 81 yard pass to Johnny Knox and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Davis. He ended the day with a QB rating of 56.9, 254 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.
The offense in general put up 401 total yards, the highest yet this season. Matt Forte had a quiet day, but he, Marion Barber, and Caleb Hanie combined for a very respectable total of 172 rushing yards. Mike Martz, the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, called 27 running plays and 36 passing plays – a ratio that is to be expected when trailing throughout a game. That totals up to an impressive 6.4 yards per rush, but only 5.7 yards per pass.
The defense fared much better. They did not allow a touchdown until the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, when Raiders running back Michael Bush punched in a 3-yard touchdown run. The rest of the Raiders scoring came from the foot of Sebastian Janikowski, who came through for six field goals throughout the game. The defense also recorded an interception and three sacks on the night.
Up next for the Bears (7-4 on the season) are the Kansas City Chiefs (4-7 on the season). The Chiefs have been struggling to put points on the board without starting quarterback Matt Cassel, who is out for the year with a hand injury. Bears fans will undoubtedly be confident and eager to build off the momentum of a much better second half against Oakland – while being wary of the offensive mistakes that plagued the team during the first thirty minutes.
– Serek Hahn, Staff Writer