What an ugly day for the home team.
For the second straight game, the Las Vegas Raiders’ offense was stagnant after a hot start to the season. The Raiders averaged 30 points a game for the first three weeks of the season. They scored a total of 23 points the past two games.
Let’s take a quick review of this game:
The Raiders are 3-2. The Bears are 3-2. The Raiders trail the 4-1 Los Angeles Chargers by a game in the AFC West and the Chargers have beaten the Raiders.
What it means:
It was a bad day for Las Vegas as it lost its second straight game after starting the season 3-0. There will be a lot of talk about whether this flat effort had anything to do with the Jon Gruden racist email controversy that surfaced Friday.
The Bears scored 14 unanswered points in the first half to stun the Allegiant Stadium crowd, giving the Raiders yet another double-digit home deficit. For the first time this season, Las Vegas couldn’t overcome the hole at home and the Bears coasted to the win on the strength of a dominant defensive effort, led by former Raider Khalil Mack, who had a monster game.
Las Vegas defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was banged up in the third quarter, he did return to the game, though. Hankins went down again in the fourth quarter with a back injury. Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr went out for a few plays early in the fourth quarter and taking a hit to the helmet with a tweaked neck. He returned and finished the game.
The Raiders play their second AFC West game at the Denver Broncos next Sunday. Kickoff is at 1:25 p.m. PT. This is an extremely winnable game for the Raiders, who need to bounce back.