It was an ugly first half for the Oakland Raiders last week when they fell into a 23-7 first half deficit against the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Matt Flynn was sacked five times and the Saints had no problems moving the football against a porous Raiders defense.
The Raiders’ performance Friday against the Chicago Bears may have been even worse.
The Bears scored on each of their first four possessions of the game, including three touchdown drives in taking a 27-3 lead into halftime. Matt Forte scored on a 32-yard pass from Jay Cutler and Michael Bush carried for two scores on 10- and 1-yard touchdown runs, respectively. The Raiders only points of the half came on a 58-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski to end the half.
Flynn was just 3 for 6 for 19 yards before being replaced by Terrelle Pryor late in the second quarter. The Raiders had just 92 yards offensively heading into the break.
The debut of D.J. Hayden appears to be the only bright spot for the Raiders tonight. It is still just the preseason but the last two weeks for the Raiders have been anything but encouraging.