Frankly speaking


Oakland Raiders starting left guard Frank Middleton is never at a loss for words. Middleton talks about the Raiders struggles, Barret Robbins' return to the starting lineup and their game Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field:

 On the danger of underestimating Chicago

"It's scary. The coach is mad. They were crying. There was a lot of emotion showed after the game. They want to get it straightened out so they'll play a little harder."

 On getting road win

"That's huge, man. You can't go to the playoffs by just winning home games. You've got to win half of your road games. If we get one now it's going to get our momentum going."

 On playing in the new Soldier Field

"It's just another stadium. The grass is green. The end zone is still 10 yards deep. I don't get excited about breaking in new stadiums. I just want to get a win and get out of there."

 On Chicago struggling

"If you ask people how we're playing, it's just as bad. It's not like we've gone out and beat anyone up yet. … We're just lucky to get two wins."

 On being expected to beat Chicago

We know the truth. We know we need to play hard to beat those guys. They got Kordell Stewart, who's a great player. They got a tailback that can rush the ball and their defense is big. If they lose one more they're pretty much going to be out of it. If they lost two games at home, that messes everything up."

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