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The Weekend Bears Den: August 24, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

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Not bad for ’30 minutes in August’ - Adam Hoge: Consistency? No turnovers? Spread the ball around? Score? Those are the improvements Trestman said he wanted to see from his first team offense this week, and that’s exactly what he got.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Ten thoughts after the Bears scored 27 points with the starters in the first half Friday night against the Raiders en route to a 34-26 preseason victory.

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Bears 34 - Raiders 26

Box score - Plus play by play, drive log. [Video] game highlights.

Game report - Larry Mayer: Judging by their performance in the first half of Friday night's preseason game against the Raiders, the Bears appear to be more than ready to begin the regular season. Larry Mayer's Game Blog.

Game report - (AP) Jay Cutler and the Bears look ready to start the season. The Raiders look ready for a QB controversy.

First team looks fantastic in 34-26 victory at Oakland - Mark Potash: If this is what the Bears have going into the regular season, most of them, if not all, will take their chances with what they saw against the Raiders.

Bears dominate Raiders in all phases - Bob LeGere: The three rookies who could be in the starting lineup when the regular season begins on Sept. 8 all answered questions about their readiness.

Game notes - Steve Rosenbloom: Like that, the Bears piled up 212 yards and three TDs in their first 20 plays. Now, can they do that against a real NFL team?

Cutler gets offense going against Raiders - Brad Biggs: The Bears are going to be hard-pressed to find an opponent as undermanned as the Raiders in the regular season. But that doesn't mean you can take anything away from them after what was a dominating outing from the starters.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright with thoughts and notes in the wake of the Bears' win.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson's Five Things We Learned in the first half of the Bears' win over the Raiders, when the starters carried the team to a 27-3 halftime lead.

[Video] Jeff Dickerson & Michael C. Wright - Ebony & Ivory break down the Bears' 34-26 preseason victory over the Raiders.

More from the game

Dominance on O and D means we can get excited now - Hub Arkush: The Bears didn’t choose their opponents — they just beat the stuffing out of them. How many times did they fail to polish off a cupcake last year?

Dominant first half fueled by impressive offensive diversity - Rick Morrissey: The first-string offense proved it can move very well when Cutler spreads the ball around.

Bears spread the wealth on offense - Larry Mayer: A few days after vowing the Bears would spread the ball around on offense, Jay Cutler did just that in preseason win. Defense produces four more takeaways.

Bears hope to build on strong showing - Michael C. Wright: The first half provided "signals of the kind of team we can be," Marc Trestman said after the 34-26 win, "but we’re certainly not going to get ahead of ourselves, either."

Bears 'spill secrets' in rout of Raiders - Moon Mullin: The Bears got a virtually gaffe-free performance from Cutler, precisely what the offense needs.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: O-line could be set with Long, Mills; Forte in for big year; too early to write off Onobun; more from the game.

Game notes - Mark Potash: Michael Bush, first-team defense among the stars of victory over Raiders.

Tucker dialing up the pressure - Jeff Dickerson: One noticeable trend on defense in the preseason has been Mel Tucker's willingness to blitz his DBs from all angles of the field.

Forte thriving for Bears in early going - Michael C. Wright: With every attempt, Matt Forte’s confidence grows in his club’s zone-blocking schemes, which allow the running back to showcase some of his best attributes.

Webb struggles; door open for OT Scott - Jeff Dickerson: Former starter got called for holding on the Bears’ third offensive play of the third quarter, then committed a false start later in the fourth quarter.

Photos from; the Tribune; the Herald.

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