The Chicago Bears went on the road as a 5.5 point underdog, they started with consecutive three and outs, and they fell behind by field goal early. But they kept plugging away and they beat the Las Vegas Raiders by 11. And sure, it wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but it was a three phase victory that pushed them to 3-2 on the season. Most national (and local) pundits had the Bears losing this game, so I’m curious to see how the national narrative shifts with then winning on consecutive weeks.
The offense got a bit conservative at times in the second half, but with a rookie quarterback on the road, and with the lead, I understand them not wanting to take any chances.
The Bears only gained 92 yards in the second half, and they only converted one third down attempt (out of 6), but that one was a sensational third and 12 pickup in the fourth quarter on a 10 play, 57 yard drive that led to a field goal, while chewing up 6:16 of the clock.
The total offensive yards for the game was close with the Bears gaining 252 and the Raiders picking up 259, and each team ran 60 offensive plays.
In total first downs the Bears had 19 to Las Vegas’ 16. The third down conversions had Chicago going 6 for 13 (46.2%) to the Raiders’ 5 for 14 (35.7%). The penalties were 8 for 70 yards from the Bears and 10 for 82 from the Raiders.
Now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears and also some of their individual stats.
Stat sheet scouts are once again going to criticize the day form Justin Fields, but the numbers don’t show how tough he was in the game. He took a big shot to the ribs, he hyperextended his knee, his calf was tightening up, and he had a couple roughing the passer penalties against him. On the afternoon he was 12 of 20 for 111 yards, for 1 TD and a passer rating of 91.9. He had 3 runs for 4 yards, he was sacked 2 times, and the Raider D was credited with 6 hits on him.
QB2 Andy Dalton came in cold and completed 1 third down pass for 8 yards to keep their second TD drive alive.
Darnell Mooney led the Bears with 35 receiving yards on 3 catches, and Allen Robinson led the Bears with 4 receptions for 32 yards.
Jester Horsted caught Fields’ TD pass in his first action this season. He’s now the only tight end on the roster to get into the end zone.
Rookie running back Khalil Herbert had a game high 18 carries for 75 yards, and Damien Williams had 16 rushes for 64 yards and a TD, and he also had 2 receptions for 20 yards.
The five o-linemen, back up right tackle Elijah Wilkinson who came in for an injured Germain Ifedi, extra blocker Alex Bars, the tight ends, and occasional fullback Ryan Nall, all did a a fine job run blocking for most of the day, although there were a couple short yardage stuffs that killed drives.
At inside linebacker, Roquan Smith led the Bears with 10 tackles, and he added a pass defended. Alec Ogletree had 6 tackles, and Danny Trevathan had 3 tackles in his season debut.
Khalil Mack had a huge game with 8 tackles, 1 sack (plus another on a failed 2-point conversion), 1 tackle for loss, and he was his usual stout self in holding his ground against the run and in creating opportunities for his teammates.
Tashaun Gipson Sr. had that sack above, 3 tackles and a TFL.
Trevis Gipson had a sack, 2 tackles, and a TFL.
DeAndre Houston-Carson (1 tackle) had the games only interception as the Bears went with plenty of three safety looks on the day.
Mario Edwards Sr. had 1 tackle and 2 unnecessary roughness penalties.
The Bears held Raider QB Derek Carr to 22 of 35 passing, 206 yards, and a passer rating of 67.1, which was his worst passer rating in a game since November 17, 2019.
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
On a day that featured several kickers missing extra points and fields goals, Chicago’s Cairo Santos hit both of his point after TDs, and he nailed two 46 yard fields goals to run his consecutive made FG streak to 34.
Patrick O’Donnell punted 5 times for a 46.8 yard average (45.0 net) with 2 punts inside the 20.
New Bear Jakeem Grant returned 2 punts for 38 yards and he returned 3 kicks for 69 yards.
Xavier Crawford had 2 special teams tackles.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.
To check out the full Bears vs Raiders box score I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site.