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Raiders preseason week 3 Ballers & Busters

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I chronicle the top performers and and disappointments in the Raiders week three loss to the Chicago Bears.

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders welcomed the Bears for their week three preseason game, and they certainly felt welcome. The Raiders were courteous hosts, allowing their house guests to have pretty much whatever they wanted. Things got so bad, the Bears pulled their starters earlier than expected.

The Raiders were down 27-0 before they were finally able to get on the board with a  long field goal as time expired in the first half. There wasn't really anything to be happy about until the third quarter, well after all both teams had pulled their projected starters. The Raiders would end up losing 34-20.


Terrelle Pryor

The Raiders offense began to move when he got into the game. Granted it was the Raiders' first team against the Bears' second team, but there was no doubt there was a spark there that wasn't present before he came in the game. He had one big play in the first half and it moved the Raiders into scoring position to save the Raiders from heading into the locker room with a goose egg on the scoreboard.

Even after the rest of the Raiders' first team left the field, he continued to make plays. He led the Raiders to three straight scoring drives. The first drive of the third quarter featured Pryor escaping pressure to hit Rod Streater for a 19-yard connection. He followed that up by tucking it and running up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown. The next drive came on a short field after a fumble recovery and featured Pryor rolling right and hitting Andre Holmes for 18 yards to set up a 30-yard Janikowski field goal. He got an even shorter field again on the next possession and took advantage by hitting Nick Kasa on an 19-yard touchdown pass. That was his day. He was the only real bright spot in an otherwise very concerning performance by the Raiders on both sides of the ball.

Honorable Mention

Rashad Jennings - Though he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry, he consistently made something out of nothing by keeping his legs churning and pushing through tacklers. He is a tough runner and has been asked to take the bulk of the carries with Darren McFadden out with injury and previously used sparingly.

Sio Moore - It can be hard to credit anyone on the first team defense which allowed the Bears to move the ball at will, but Sio Moore showed some fight and it's worth mentioning. He was second on the team in tackles (4) including a run stuff for a one yard gain and a tackle for a loss of two.

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