This Sunday, the Chicago Bears will face the Las Vegas Raiders. This Week 5 matchup will mark the Bears’ first trip to the newly built Allegiant Stadium.
However, the Bears and Raiders were not originally scheduled to play in Las Vegas until 2023 based on the four-year rotation. But when the NFL expanded the schedule to 17 games, those plans changed.
Heading into Sunday’s matchup, the Bears sport a 2-2 record. The Raiders check in at 3-1, tied for first place in the AFC West.
These two teams have played each other only 15 times in their history. As it stands, Las Vegas carries a one-game advantage over Chicago. The all-time series is 8-7-0 in favor of the Raiders. The Bears will face the Raiders for the 16th time this Sunday, but it will be in the third city the Raiders have called home. The Bears have faced the Raiders while they were in Oakland, Los Angeles, and now Las Vegas dating back to 1972.
The last time these two teams met on the field was nearly two years ago. It was Sunday, October 6, 2019, in London, England.
Apparently, the NFL decided that the Khalil Mack revenge game would be better suited for an international audience. At the time, the Raiders were still based out of Oakland. The Bears came into the matchup with a 3-1 record while the Raiders were 2-2. As for the game, the Bears starting quarterback was Chase Daniel. Mitch Trubisky was nursing a shoulder injury and was unavailable.
To start the game, the Raiders and Bears traded punts. Then, the Raiders gashed the Bears’ defense for a 10-play, 90-yard touchdown drive. Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs capped it off by torching Chicago’s defense for a 12-yard run into the end zone.
In response, the Bears offense gave the ball right back to Oakland on the third play when Daniel tossed an interception on a pass intended for Trey Burton. Consequently, the Raiders made the Bears pay for their mistake. Six plays and 24 yards later, Oakland extended their lead to 14-0 when RB DeAndre Washington scored on a three-yard rush.
Now down 14-0, the Bears offense went three-and-out while losing four yards and punted the ball back to the Raiders. As a result, Oakland went 28 yards on 11 plays but settled for a field goal and sported a 17-0 lead. The Bears’ offense followed up with a three-and-out while losing yards yet again. Thus, Chicago faced a 17-point deficit going into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Bears had the ball to start the second half. But just like in the first half, they went three-and-out with a net of zero yards on the drive. Surprisingly, the Bears defense caught a break when ex-Raider Khalil Mack fell on the ball after Derek Carr fumbled a snap. Chicago took over inside the red zone.
It took only two plays and 14 yards for the Bears to find the end zone, a sequence that was aided by a Raiders defensive pass interference penalty. Rookie RB David Montgomery capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make it a 17-7 game.
The Bears’ defense stopped the Raiders’ offense and forced a punt after a short five-play, 19-yard drive. Next, the Bears marched their way 89 yards downfield on 11 plays. Chicago shrunk the Raiders lead to 17-14 when Daniel connected with Allen Robinson for a four-yard TD.
Once again, the Bears’ defense stopped Oakland’s offense dead in their tracks after picking up 19 yards on six plays, resulting in yet another punt. Next, a fantastic 71-yard punt return by Tarik Cohen set the Bears up with excellent field position. Chicago’s offense was right back on the field and it didn’t take long for the Bears to take their first lead of the game. On the first play of the drive, Daniel found Robinson again, this time for a 16-yard strike into the end zone. Chicago now led 21-17.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Raiders got a great return of 52 yards to the Bears’ 40-yard line. However, an offside penalty on the kickoff gave Oakland an additional five yards.
To wrap up the third quarter and to begin the fourth, the Raiders went on a five-play, 34-yard drive. As Oakland was knocking on the door of the end zone, Bears’ cornerback Sherrick McManis punched the ball out just before wide receiver Trevor Davis was about to break the plane. Fortunately for the Bears, Prince Amukamara recovered at their own one-yard line. Despite being pinned deep in their own territory, the Bears’ offense moved the ball 57 yards on nine plays. The drive included an amazing 32-yard reception by Allen Robinson.
However, the offensive drive stalled at the Raiders’ 42-yard line and the Bears punted the ball back to Oakland. Pat O’Donnell did an excellent job and pinned the Raiders at their own three-yard line.
But that didn’t stop Jon Gruden and his offense from pounding the Bears defense as Oakland marched 97 yards on 13 plays while chewing up six minutes of the clock. The drive itself was extended when Kevin Pierce-Louis ran into the punter on fourth-and-six, gifting the Raiders a new set of downs. Ultimately, Josh Jacobs found the end zone again when he scampered in for a two-yard score to give Oakland a 24-21 lead.
In response, the Bears’ offense had one last gasp when they moved the ball 28 yards on four plays. However, on the fifth play, Chase Daniel threw an interception on a pass intended for Anthony Miller. Nevertheless, the Bears’ defense forced another punt and gave the offense one last glimmer of hope. Any hope of a rally ultimately fell flat as the Raiders sacked Daniel to end the game.
In conclusion, the 24-21 loss to the Raiders was heartbreaking for the Bears. They weathered the storm and roared back from a 17-0 deficit to regain the lead. However, a bone-headed penalty extended a crucial Raiders’ drive and allowed them to take the lead one last time. As a result, Chicago fell to 3-2 on the season while Oakland’s record rose to 3-2. After coming home from London, both teams had the luxury of a bye week. Following the week off, the Bears got Trubisky back and lost three straight. At 3-5 after that stretch, the Bears went 5-3 to finish their season at 8-8, missing out on the playoffs.
On the flip side, the Raiders lost their first two games out of the bye week. Then followed up with three consecutive wins before going on another four-game losing steak. Oakland finished the season 7-9 and missed the postseason as well.
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