Well Bears fans, this game began pathetically, got extremely close in the middle, and ended abysmally. Let’s take a walk down Abbey Road and recap Chicago’s trip to London.
The first quarter was a pretty dull affair. One significant moment was when Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks leaving the game with an apparent elbow injury. He landed on it quite awkwardly and it looked to be a dislocation. He went straight to the locker room and has yet to return. Both teams traded field position and really couldn’t get anything concrete going offensively. Chase Daniel had a very clutch throw to Allen Robinson that ended up going nowhere, and the Raiders’ Derek Carr started getting into a rhythm late in the quarter. The first quarter ended with the Raiders driving deep into Bears territory.
The second quarter opened with a 12-yard touchdown run from Josh Jacobs. He could have walked into the end zone as he was barely touched. The Bears defense looked pretty mediocre on this drive. On the Bears’ next offensive possession, quarterback Chase Daniel threw a terrible interception that put the Raiders already deep into Bears territory. It was a terrible throw to make and Daniel clearly didn’t see the defender.
The Bears defense held the Raiders on a critical third down, but a terrible holding call on Kyle Fuller gave the Raiders the ball on the three-yard line. On the very next play, DeAndre Washington ran in a three-yard touchdown.
Bears down 14-0.
At this point in the game, the Bears were being completely dominated. Not having Hicks on the defensive line clearly hurt them and they didn’t look like the same defensive group. The offense, on the other hand, looked just as terrible. Daniel didn’t seem to have any awareness of a collapsing pocket and took a huge sack. Could this just be the game plan to make Bears fans miss Mitchell Trubisky? I highly doubt it, but let’s just call it wishful thinking. At the end of the first half, the Bears were down 17-0.
The third quarter began with the Raiders having possession of the ball. A horrid miscue on a handoff allowed the Bears to recover a loose ball and take over deep into Raider territory. A few plays later, David Montgomery punched in a touchdown from one yard out!
Raiders lead 17-7.
Chase Daniel then led a really impressive drive that ended in a four-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson. This drive was really well-designed and Anthony Miller had a giant catch to give them some huge momentum.
The Bears cut the Raiders lead to 17-14.
The Bears defense made a huge stop on third and 14, which lead to a gigantic 71-yard punt return from Tarik Cohen. This return set the Bears up in fantastic field position, which led to a 16-yard touchdown for Robinson!
The third quarter concluded with the Bears completely erasing the Raiders lead and scoring 21 unanswered points. Bears lead 21-17.
The Raiders then began to drive into Bears territory. It looked as if they were going to have a walk-in touchdown from the one-yard line, but Sherrick McManis channeled his inner Peanut Tillman and punched the ball free from Trevor Davis‘s grip the goal line! The ensuing Bears drive ended in a punt, pinning the Raiders inside the five-yard line.
Once again, the Bears defense was gassed and allowed the Raiders to drive all the way from inside the five-yard line, where Josh Jacobs ran for a touchdown.
Raiders retake the lead 24-21.
The Bears started a drive with a legitimate chance at a game-tying field goal or even a game-winning touchdown. Chase Daniel was making throws and looked like the savior. Then, he threw a god-awful interception that all but iced the game.
The Raiders took over from here, killed the clock, and punted back to the Bears with 20 remaining on the clock. The Bears had a feeble attempt at a few plays but couldn’t do anything.
The Bears lose 24-21.
The Bears did not look like the team we know and love. The defense looked very shaky against a questionable Raiders offense, and the offense just didn’t get it together. Chase Daniel completed 22 of 30 passing attempts for 231 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Allen Robinson led the team in receiving with seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
They had their chances on offense but seemed to just not put together a full game. They desperately need to pick their heads up and figure out this thing we call professional football because the schedule is still dauntingly difficult.
The Bears now fall to a record of 3-2 as they head into the bye week. They will be back in action when Saints visit Soldier Field on October 20th.
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