Cause for concern

The Bears' 11 penalties for 97 yards last Sunday included at least one on each of the starting offensive linemen.

In the first quarter, the Bears were flagged for holding on guard Chris Villarrial and a false start on punter Brad Maynard (the Bears were trying to draw the Raiders offside) in the first quarter. Pass interference on cornerback Charles Tillman, holding on tight end Desmond Clark and on Villarrial (an illegal-hands-to-the-face penalty on left tackle Mike Gandy on the same play was declined) were called in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, there was a holding call on right tackle Aaron Gibson, an unnecessary roughness call on center Olin Kreutz (the same penalty on running back Anthony Thomas on the same play was declined), and false starts on Clark and guard Steve Edwards. In the fourth quarter, Edwards and Gandy were flagged for holding.

Coach Dick Jauron didn't dispute any of the calls.

"I can tell you that (after) watching the tape, that we held on some of those, there's no doubt about it," Jauron said. "Some of them are close calls, but I can't tell you that we didn't hold. We did, and we deserved some of those calls."

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 -- Number of sacks QB Kordell Stewart has taken in the last four games. The Bears are the league's worst team in sack percentage allowed.

Thanks to Anthony Thomas' 5.9-yard average per carry and QB Kordell Stewart's 5.1-yard average (169 yards on 33 attempts), the Bears are No. 3 in the NFL in average gain per rush.

The Bears ran on nine of their first 10 pass plays and were sacked once. Kordell Stewart didn't throw his first pass until 11:19 before halftime.

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