Bears get their first win in back-and-forth battle with Raiders

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In a game with six lead changes, the Bears had the last one.

Bears kicker Robbie Gould nailed a 49-yard field goal with two seconds left, and the Bears beat the Raiders, 22-20. It was a back-and-forth battle that looked late in the game like it would go to the Raiders, but Bears quarterback Jay Cutler managed to drive the Bears into field goal range, and Gould took care of the rest. The Raiders tried a multiple-lateral desperation return on the ensuing kickoff as time expired, but they ultimately fell short.

It was a solid game from Cutler, who had 281 passing yards after missing last week with a hamstring injury, and also a big game from Martellus Bennett, who had 11 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Bears improved to 1-3.

For the Raiders, falling to 2-2 on a day when they could have won hurts. But they can be happy that Derek Carr and Amari Cooper continued to play well. The Raiders have the pieces of a good team, even if they’re not a good team yet.

There were a few injuries of note: Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree hurt his ankle but managed to return to the game; Bears safety Antrel Rolle hurt his ankle and did not return.

The Bears still don’t look like a team going anywhere, but a win may quiet the calls for a fire sale in Chicago. The Raiders still look like a team with promise, but a loss shows that they still have plenty of work to do.

56 responses to “Bears get their first win in back-and-forth battle with Raiders

  1. Gut-wrenching loss today but at least the Raiders showed up against a mediocre opponent whereas in previous years they often just lied down (e.g. against the Rams and Dolphins last year). I was worried about the team not sufficiently preparing for Cutler starting for the Bears and unfortunately this looks to have been the case. Carr didn’t look that great today and Murray needs to handle the ball better. The defense gave up too much yardage again although in fairness they did get some good turnovers (especially C-Wood’s late-game pick).

    I’m hoping that the Silver & Black can rebound from a close loss as they did after they got blown out by Cinci. Next week’s game against Denver should be interesting. The Burros are better than the Raiders but this year they don’t look to be among the upper teams in the league. So while I expect a loss, I would hope that the Raiders keep it close at home and the possibility of beating Denver is there.

  2. Once the bears get healthy on the Offensive line and then add a couple pieces from the draft (CB, S, DL/LB) they will be a solid team with good coaches. That’s all you can ask for.

  3. I have never been a Cutler basher, i personally think he is good, now in a league where quality starters are at a premium, you part ways with him.. Chicago who are you going to bring in, be glad with what you have and not Tanenhill lol.

  4. The Bears player and their fans were celebrating as if the year was 1985.

    It was at this point I realized how far the Bears have fallen.

  5. Raiders offensive is going to be a nasty force. As a fan of an AFC North team, I am happy to be playing them this year rather than the next few.

  6. Cutler had a clean pocket for 7 seconds most of the day. The offense looked horrible.
    If Norton Jr and Musgrave don’t get it figured out, they’re both one and done in Oakland.
    The offense can’t move the ball and the defense can’t stop anything.
    Looks like 6-10 is the ceiling.

  7. good win by the Bears. But, unfortunately it looked like they missed Jared Allen. They got no rush opposite McPhee.
    Injuries are steady killing us. I hope Montgomery gets back.

    Also those CBS announcers made my ears bleed. Who are the Oakland Radars?

    Also, that Ref Tripplette sucks for that Delay of Game penalty.

  8. Raiders played a good game, but the main concern coming into this season was the secondary. And it showed in that last drive where Cutler pretty much did what he wanted.

  9. What in the hell was Del rio thinking playing for a go ahead field goal, when we obviously would have scored a touchdown, and are defense wasn’t getting the job done, boy am i pissed!!!!!

  10. There goes the western division championship!

    Get real raider fans, this is your real team, get use to it, love it, embrace it, Raiders and their fans will forever be losers!

  11. Raiders blew it,too conservative at the end. You know they are going to come down and kick that field goal. When your the away team you have to try and score the touchdown at the end. Deserved to lose.

  12. doe22us says:
    Oct 4, 2015 4:25 PM

    I have never been a Cutler basher, i personally think he is good, now in a league where quality starters are at a premium, you part ways with him.. Chicago who are you going to bring in, be glad with what you have and not Tanenhill lol.
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    As a Bears fan, I am not a Cutler basher either. He is easily the best QB in franchise history and it’s probably not close. The issue that a lot of fans have with him is that he is really good 95% of the time, and then he’ll make that one bone-headed play that loses the game when it counts. It’s heartbreaking.

    But I’ll take good 90% of the time over the garbage that the Bears threw out there at QB from 1997 until the Cutler era.

  13. Cutler played lights out with an offensive line ravished by injuries and a bunch of no-name WR’s. With him starting they have a chance every week to win.

  14. When your the Raiders and you know your defense cant stop a high school team you must go for game winning TDs, not field goals.

  15. Bears may have won on a last second field goal but this game wasn’t even close. Check the stats. The Bears completely dominated them.

  16. Cant understand why the D so bad. With JDR and Norton I thought the D would be strong this year. The games we won, the other teams scored high points. Hopefully get better next week at home.

  17. There is no greater curse than being a life-long Raiders fan. Once again they fooled me. Same old losers losing games that they should win. Too bad Carr and Cooper can’t play defense.

  18. Cutler looked good. Meanwhile, after yet another Blair Walsh FG miss, Denver quickly scores against my team . . . .

  19. trapshoot says:
    Oct 4, 2015 4:46 PM

    Even a blind squirrel finds a not now and then.

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    Come on dude, you can’t even get your spelling right with this feeble attempt to stab the Bears.

    Anyway, everything was Cutler’s fault until the Bears made that FG (*sarcasm). The Bears will continue to improve and Cutler will always be the scapegoat when they lose. Cutler looked good today and every other game this year so far. The Bears have some damn good coaches, except for not going for 2 after the botched FG. Go Bears!

  20. The Bears are checking with the league to make sure a victory against the lowly Raiders does in fact, count in the standings

  21. Even if the Raiders make the playoffs you have idiots like babygoogoo19,humdolt and jillswillnevermove that have nothing better to do than to troll on Raider boards !!!

  22. dino2997 says:
    Oct 4, 2015 4:50 PM

    Bears may have won on a last second field goal but this game wasn’t even close. Check the stats. The Bears completely dominated them.
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    Oakland couldn’t move the ball or stop anyone on defense, but nobody dominated that game. It was just two poor teams trading leads all game. Calm down.

  23. Yeah the Bears won but they played a horrible team. The only good team in the Division is going 19-0. Chicago hasn’t had a Champion in almost 30 Years.

  24. Phantom calls and Bear injuries are the only things that kept the Raiders in that game. I’m not saying the Bears are a good team, but they are better than their record.

  25. rocoop says:
    Oct 4, 2015 5:46 PM

    The Bears are checking with the league to make sure a victory against the lowly Raiders does in fact, count in the standings
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    And if the Chargers manage to pull out a home win against the Mighty Browns, they will be tied with Oakland in division.

  26. After watching the Bears in the first 3 games, I was thinking that that the 2015 Bears would match the Lions record of 0 wins, 16 loses. I am now relieved.

  27. Musgrave has sucked at every stop. Why they thought he wouldn’t suck here, I can’t guess.
    He’s never been good. Ever.

  28. Unfortunately I had to listen to this game on the bears radio network. It was brutal.

    So riddle me this nation: Did the Raiders send out a memo that they are boycotting guarding TE’s this year??? Bennett accounted for more receptions than an entire receiving corps?? The bears lose Rolle and are left with “2” rookie safeties and you don’t challenge them at all???

    You drive the length of the field late in the game and don’t even attempt to score a TD?

    I put this loss squarely on the coaches. They coached not to lose and lost. You have a secondary that’s one of the worst in the league statistically, haven’t really stopped anyone all year and you bank on them closing out the game.

    Oh well, on to next week!!!!!!

  29. You know its real early in the season if the Raiders are tied with anyone in their division..LOL

  30. It would be nice to get some stops on 3rd downs. We’d get them to a 3rd and long and let them convert. Frustrating. We need a couple good corners real bad. The Bears were fired up today, they needed a win and they got it. Oh well, maybe the Vikings exposed something on tape for next week.

  31. You gotta start Clive Walford. You bench Asante and put in Keenan Lambert. Armstrong should be put on injured reserve just because. Problem solved.

  32. I’m surprised nobody has brought up the fact that JDR had 3 TOs to burn on that last drive. If ur not going to bring pressure to a one leg cutler at least give ur offense more than 2 secs to try and regain the lead. We should expect this young rebuilding team to make mistakes while learning how to win on the road and close out games but when a veteran coaching staff lacks clock management skills it worries me

  33. Congrats Bears fans on the win. You guys showed up when it counted.

    The Raiders had too many turnovers that shouldn’t have happened and took their foot off the gas in the second half, just like last week against the Browns (but fortunate to have won).

    The defense allowed Cutler to dink and dunk all the way down to field goal range and on a crucial fourth down, allowed (shocker) a TE to pick up the first down.

    Congrats again to all Bears fans.

    -Raider Fan

  34. Props to the Bears for defeating not only the Raiders, but the refs. As soon as I saw that Tripplette had been assigned to this game I knew there were going to be some funky calls against at least one of the teams. That team of course was my Bears as it usually is, but somehow they managed to overcome.

  35. pshark5 says:
    Oct 4, 2015 6:25 PM
    Phantom calls and Bear injuries are the only things that kept the Raiders in that game. I’m not saying the Bears are a good team, but they are better than their record.

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    One call was far from phantom. Trent Green kept saying that the hands to the face/facemask never happened and you could see that it didn’t.

    Trent’s Raider hate showing again, it was clearly hands to the face or a personal foul, Coopers head was yanked down by the facemask clear as day on every replay.

  36. pshark5 says:
    Oct 4, 2015 6:25 PM
    Phantom calls and Bear injuries are the only things that kept the Raiders in that game. I’m not saying the Bears are a good team, but they are better than their record.
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    yep, those bears fumbles, interceptions, and cutler being sacked and harrassed all day, were all phantom plays alright.

    Lucky for the bears Seth Roberts toes touching the paint at the end of the end zone negated another Raider TD.

    Bottom line the Bears won a lack luster performance by both teams and error prone game.

  37. Now that’s the Raiders team i expect every week.. Terrible play calling, (Not to lose), turnovers and terrible DEFENSE!!!! SMH!

  38. Watching the Bears beat the Raiders last weekend was a bit like watching your mother-in-law drive your new Range Rover off a cliff. Some mixed emotions. The Bears went from being the worst team in the NFL to joining the 20% at the bottom but then had to watch that first draft pick slip just a bit farther away.

  39. rocoop says:
    Oct 4, 2015 8:46 PM

    You know its real early in the season if the Raiders are tied with anyone in their division..LOL
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    Oakland started 0-10 last season, so I’m going to talk while I still can. Which won’t be for long.

  40. First time Oakland was favored in 27 games and you lose to the winless Bears????

    Hey Nationettes. Do you think Denver is better or worse than the Bears?

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