Raiders come out lifeless against the Bears, 20-9
Let’s not sugarcoat it. This was a horrible week for the Las Vegas Raiders. Not only did they lose the game and numerous starters to IR against division rivals the Chargers on Monday. Raiders coach Jon Gruden is under NFL investigation after controversial comments he made in an email about NFLPA Executive Director Demaurice Smith in 2011.
The Raiders had an opportunity to erase all the negativity Sunday with a home win against the Bears and unfortunately for the Raiders they lost that game too. For the second straight game, the Raiders offense was stagnant after a hot start to the season. The Raiders averaged 30 points a game for the first three weeks of the season. They scored a total of 23 points the past two games. The Raiders offensive line has been exposed as an area of weakness for the team.
Former Raiders star Khalil Mack wreaked havoc all day as he made Derek Carr’s life a living hell on the outside with 8 tackles and 1 sack. Bears defense did an amazing job taking the energy out of the home Las Vegas crowd. Both offenses started slowly, but Fields pushed Chicago to a 14-3 halftime lead. The Raiders' didn’t do themselves any favors with untimely penalties ultimately helping Fields throw his first NFL touchdown pass.
The league will look into the Gruden situation and he could be reprimanded. In the meantime if the Raiders want to be a playoff team they need to fix their offensive line and fix it fast as they will be playing Von Miller and a tough Broncos defense next week.
As for the Bears they were able to adjust accordingly with the loss of running back David Montgomery Bears found comfort in both their backs Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert. Both backs combined for 143 yards on 37 carries and a touchdown. Next week the Bears will play rivals the Packers.