This is where you will find out all you need to know about how to watch the Raiders play the Bears today including all the storylines and information you need to head into the game up to date and armed to the teeth with knowledge.
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland California
When: 7:00pm Pacific Time (10:00pm Eastern)
TV: On tape delay (9:00pm Pacific time) in Bay Area KICU. Live in Los Angeles KTLA. NFLN joins game in progress at 8:00pm outside Bay Area. First replay Saturday on NFLN 1:00am Pacific Time.
Radio: 102.1 KFOX
Online: NFL Preseason Live
It's week three of the preseason. Last week the Raiders lost 28-20 in New Orleans. They were shut out through most of the first half until a late touchdown drive heading into half time. Then the Raiders defensive second team forced three straight turnovers, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown, to make a game of it. But in the end the Saints put the game away.
The Raiders were unable to get out of last week's game without injury this time. Both David Ausberry (shoulder) and Tracy Porter (groin) left with injury, and are expected to miss the remainder of the preseason. Ausberry may miss time in the regular season as well.
Both Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor were able to keep from turning the ball over against the Saints. Flynn struggled with a poor pass protection through most the first half, getting sacked five times, before breaking through for an impressive 11 play, 82-yard touchdown drive. Pryor was bottled up in his one quarter of action and had 24 yards of offense (1 pass, 4 rushes). The Saints are well versed in stopping a player like Pryor because they face Cam Newton twice a season. We'll see what the Bears defense has to offer.
Rookie cornerback DJ Hayden will make his Raiders debut tonight. The team's top pick had been unable to partake in full contact through most of camp but was cleared by doctors a week ago. He will start in place of the injured Tracy Porter. This will also be the first time Hayden has played in a live game since suffering his heart injury as a senior at Houston. See what Hayden had to say about his return and first appearance for the Raiders.
The offensive line for the Raiders will look different once again this week. The team has been experimenting with different linemen in different places. This week the starters will be LT Barron, LG Bergstrom, C Wisniewski, RG Nix, and RT Barnes. After that, it gets shaky at best. After giving up five sacks in the first half last week, they will have another tough test against the Bears defense.
Vance Walker is also making his Raiders debut after missing the last couple weeks of camp with the birth of his first child plus an undisclosed injury.
Jacoby Ford was back at practice this week and hopes to play in the game. Whether he sees the field will be something to watch for.
Both Marquette King and Chris Kluwe will once again see equal time in this game. Dennis Allen said King has "definitely closed the gap" between he and the veteran punter. He has been consistently very good this preseason on four punts.
Sharing reps with the first team at tight end will be Richard Gordon and Jeron Mastrud. They are in a tight battle to be the Raiders' starting tight end to replace David Ausberry.
There's a new number 2 for the Raiders. But don't be alarmed, it isn't the JaMarcus Russell comeback, it's Terrelle Pryor who was finally given permission to throw on that dreaded Silver and Black number 2.
For the inside scoop on what to expect from the Chicago Bears, I hit up a Bears blogger. Check it out but be prepared to see what unbridled optimism looks like.
Nick Roach will line up against his former team. He spent the latter half of last season as the Bears' starting middle linebacker in place of the injured Brian Urlacher.
Marc Trestman is making his first return to Oakland since ousted the season following the Raiders trip to the Super Bowl. That was ten years ago. Trestman has had a long journey since then to finally get his shot as an NFL head coach with the Bears this season.
Also returning to Oakland for the first time as a member of the Chicago Bears is Michael Bush. Bush was drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round back in 2007 and left as a free agent prior to last season.