Raiders mauled by Bears in third preseason game

Thearon W. Henderson

The Chicago Bears first team looked better in every fashion over the Raiders' first team. Some late heroics by Terrelle Pryor was one of the few saving graces in this game.

The last time the Raiders' looked this bad was 2006 when the team had their worst season in their decade of futility. That was the infamous 2-14 team that earned the Raiders the number one overall pick in the following draft they used to draft JaMarcus Russell. That is what this game felt like in microcosm.

The Bears first team beat the Raiders first team badly on both sides of the ball. The result was a 24-0 deficit early in the second quarter when the Bears' first teamers left the field.

The Bears offense scored on their first four drives - Field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. Their defense intercepted Matt Flynn twice and sacked him once.

Matt Flynn went 2 of 11 passing and finished with a 17.3 QB rating.

When Pryor came in initially, things didn't improve much. His first two plays, he was tackled for a 4-yard loss and nearly threw an interception. But things started to improve from there. With a 13-yard run and a 22-yard pass to Mychal Rivera, Sebastian Janikowski came out and hit a 58-yard field goal to get the Raiders on the board heading into halftime.

The halftime stats had the Raiders with 4 first downs and 0 for 6 on third down with 92 total yards of offense.

The Bears offense had 252 yards including Matt Forte running 6 times for 76 yards (12.7 yards per carry) and Michael Bush running for two touchdowns. Jay Cutler threw for 142 yards and a touchdown in just over a quarter of work.

The biggest highlight of the first half was a 62-yard kick return by Jacoby Ford that reminded Raiders fans in attendance just what he is capable of when he's healthy.

After halftime, Pryor and the second team came to life against the Bears second teamers and the momentum shifted as Pryor led the Raiders to three straight scores - touchdown, field goal, touchdown.

The first touchdown was a 25 yard run by Pryor in which he made several defenders miss and dove over the goal line. The second drive, the Raiders recovered a botched snap and Janikowski connected on a field goal from 30 yards out. The final score also came on a short field after a Joselio Hanson interception. The touchdown was a 19-yard touchdown pass from Pryor to Nick Kasa to bring the Raiders within a score at 20-27.

McGloin entered the game after that and played the fourth quarter. The Bears added a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Then McGloin led the Raiders on their final touchdown drive, converting three straight passes to start the drive - Two to Tray Session (22, 21) and one to Brian Leonhardt for nine yards. The touchdown was a 5 yard pass to a wide open Jamize Olawale. They couldn't convert on the two-point conversion try for the final score of 34-26.

Tyler Wilson looked as if he might enter the game late in the fourth quarter and was sent back to the bench in favor of McGloin. Dennis Allen simply said he believed McGloin gave the team a better chance to win. That seems to have been the sentiment this entire preseason for Wilson.

Terrelle Pryor looked extremely good in the third quarter, going 7 of 9 for 93 yards and a touchdown and a 146.8 QB rating. It's his best game of this preseason. He firmly vaulted himself into the conversation to compete for the starting job.

Raiders drop to 1-2 this preseason. After a decent preseason opener against the Cowboys, the Raiders' first team has been outscored 50-7 in the past two games versus the Saints and Bears.

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