The defense has stepped it up the last few weeks, allowing less than 20 points and being effective vs the pass. The mixture of defensive line and solid secondary has made it challenging for teams to pass the football.
The offense continues to struggle in the red zone and lacks explosive plays. If they can improve in that area, the Raiders could surprise later in the season.
In this week's SB Nation Reacts, we ask your confidence in the Raiders football team. It was 14% last week. Can it continue to rise? It did slightly, with 19% of Raiders fans confident in the team's direction.
It should rise this week vs. a Bears team with only one win on the season. The Raiders will be without their starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, who will miss his second game this year. Brian Hoyer or Aidan O'Connell will start for the Raiders.
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