This one was nowhere near as easy as one might have thought facing an 0-3 Bears team. Part of that was the fact that Jay Cutler made the start despite a hamstring injury. But it was also in part because of a two Raiders turnovers that gave the Bears the ball in Oakland territory both times. Those turnovers proved extremely costly.
With Jay Cutler starting in the game,, the Bears marched right down the field on their opening drive to score. The drive was highlighted by a 35-yard hook-up between Jay Cutler and Marquess Wilson and finished off with a short pass for the touchdown to Eddie Royal. Who needs Alshon Jeffery, right? Denico Autry blocked the point after attempt and the Bears led 6-0.
The Raiders were unable to answer, going three-and-out on their first drive. They had just one first down the entire first quarter while the Bears had six. However, the Raiders dialed up the pressure and were able to rattle Cutler, causing a couple batted passes and a sack from Justin Tuck.
The Raider began the second quarter on offense. And they drive for a touchdown of their own. An 11-yard catch on third and 8 put the Raiders in business at the Bears' 26-yard line. The next play, Carr aired it out to Amari Cooper in the back of the endzone for the score. With the extra point, the Raiders took the lead 7-6 with 11:10 left in the second quarter.
On the Bears' ensuing possession, them losing their center early in the game pays dividends for the Raiders. The Bears would fumble a snap and the Raider recovered to take over at their 25-yard line. On three-straight Derek Carr passes, the Raiders put it in the end zone. The final four yards came on a short pass to Roy Helu Jr in the flat who slips two tackles for the score and a 14-6 Raiders lead.
The Bears would answer with two scoring drives of their own in the second quarter. The first was of the more traditional variety; starting at their own 20-yard-line and driving 80 yards, finishing it off with a touchdown to a wide open Martellus Bennett in the end zone.
On one play, the Raiders gave the ball right back to the Bears when Latavius Murray had a pass bounce off his chest and intercepted. The Bears got the ball at the 15-yard-line and a goal line stand led to a field goal to take a 16-14 lead heading into the half.
A three-and-out to begin the third quarter for Raiders, quickly gets a reprieve as on the first Bears play with a Matt Forte fumble. David Amerson forced it and the Raiders get the ball right back at the Bears' 46-yard-line. After being bailed out by a Chicago hands to the face penalty, the Raiders add a short field goal to retake the lead at 17-16.
The Bears begin the third quarter on offense thanks to a questionable pass interference call on Neiko Thorpe gives them the first down at midfield and were able to take back the lead on a 54-yard Robbie Gould field goal.
What began as a good looking drive by the Raiders into Bears' territory, ended there when Latavius Murray dropped a pitch play that was recovered by the Bears at the Oakland 42-yard-line. They too were driving before turning the ball over. It was Charles Woodson putting on his cape and picking off a Cutler pass intended for Martellus Bennett.
Then the teeter-totter went back to the Raiders side of things. They were driving once again, thanks in big part to a couple connections between Carr and Michael Crabtree. They were soon in Janikowski field goal range as the clock ticked away under three minutes.
They would get as close as the Chicago 22-yard-line, but after a loss on a 3rd and two, they would settle for a 41-yard Sebastian Janikowksi field goal to take back the lead at 20-19 with just over two minutes left.
A six-yard Matt Forte run sent the game to the 2:00 warning with the Bears at their own 26-yard-line needing just a field goal to win it. That's just what the Bears did. They marched right into field goal range where Robbie Gould nailed a 49-yard field goal and the Bears take out the Raiders 22-20 in Chicago.
Once again, the tight end had a field day. Martellus Bennett caught 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears get their first win of the season, improving to 1-3 while the Raiders fall to 2-2.