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Turnovers and other mistakes cost the Oakland Raiders in their loss to the Chicago Bears

The Oakland Raiders came into Chicago hoping to win their third-straight but turnovers and other mistakes would cost them as they lost 22-20.

 

The Oakland Raiders won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half, giving Jay Cutler and the Bears offense the first chance to score.

 

Cutler attacked the Raiders with his tight end Martellus Bennett, right away. Bennett added a 24-yard reception on the opening drive to put the Bears in the red zone. The veteran quarterback would capitalize by finding Eddie Royal on a bubble screen for the first score. The Raiders would block the extra point, leaving the score at 6-0.

 

Second-year Derek Carr and the Raiders offense would go 3-and-out, giving the ball right back to the Bears offense.

 

Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper looked to be open for a big gain but the young receiver saw the ball bounce off of his hands and out of bounds.

 

Cooper would get redemption on the next drive as he broke free from the secondary and made a great catch in the back of the end zone to give the Raiders their first touchdown of the game and a 7-6 lead.

 

Big defensive tackle Dan Williams would get the ball back to the offense when he recovered a fumble from running back Matt Forte. Carr would take advantage of the possession by finding backup running back Roy Helu, Jr. who used a nice move to get into the end zone.

 

But it was another week of football, so of course that meant the Raiders had to give up a touchdown to an opposing tight end. Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was left wide open in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.

 

It was a forgettable game for running back Latavius Murray. Carr hit him on the hands for a quick pass but had it hop up out of his hands and into the linebackers grasp where he came away with the interception. Murray also fumbled a pitch back to him, giving the Bears another short field.

 

The Bears would retake the lead in the fourth quarter when kicker Robbie Gould hit a 54-yard field goal attempt, making it 19-17.

 

The Raiders offense would get the ball back with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. Carr found veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree for a big gain, and then the Raiders turned to Roy Helu, Jr. to eat up some yardage. On 3rd and 2, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave dialed up another running play instead of possibly going for the win with a throwing play. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski would hit the 41-yard field goal to give the Raiders the lead again.


But there was still 2:05 remaining in the game. Cutler and the Bears used short underneath throws along the sideline to get down the field and just into field goal territory. Gould would hit the 49-yard field goal to win the game for the Bears, sending the Raiders back home at 2-2.

The Raiders return home to host the Denver Broncos next week.


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