If the third game of the pre-season is a dress rehearsal of the regular season, then the Chicago Bears have bright season ahead.
The Chicago Bears’ first-team offense scored 27 points in the first half, while the first-team defense only allowed 3 points to the Oakland Raiders in the first half. In the second half, the Raiders rallied against the Bears’ but ultimately fell short as the Bears earned a 34-26 victory.
Jay Cutler| 12-21 passing for a total of 142 yards to go along with 1 touchdown and a QB rating of 93.8.
Cutler certainly was impressive in the Bears’ game against the Raiders on Friday. Perhaps the most impressive part about Cutler’s performance was that the Bears’ quarterback targeted seven different receivers. Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett, Kyle Adams, and Fendi Onobun were all among the targets of Cutler on Friday. Cutler played the entire first half for the Bears and led the Bears’ offense to five scoring drives.
Matt Forte| 2 receptions for 33 yards and 1 touchdown, 76 rushing yards on 6 attempts.
Forte continued to impress this pre-season on Friday. As was the case against the San Diego Chargers last week, Forte showed excellent acceleration against the Raiders on Friday. Forte averaged 12.6 yards per rush attempt against the Raiders. Considering his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield to go along with his rushing ability, Forte could have a special season for the Bears in 2013.
Alshon Jeffery| 7 receptions for a total of 77 yards.
This off-season, both Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall were complimentary of the way Jeffery developed over the summer. That development showed on Friday. Jeffery was the Bears’ leading receiver on Friday and showed why he could be a nice complement to Marshall.
Offensive Line| O sacks allowed, 1 QB hit
None of the Bears’ quarterbacks that played on Friday were sacked and that spells success for the Bears’ offensive line. Beyond that, Cutler had plenty of time to throw the ball, and when the offensive line creates that time it usually means scoring drives for the offense. The offensive line was also successful in blocking as the Bears running backs had a strong day including two rushing touchdowns by Michael Bush.
Defense| 4 takeaways ( 4 interceptions), 3 sacks for a total of 31 yards lost, 26 points allowed
For the most part, the Bears defense was strong against the Raiders on Friday. The Bears continued their ball-hawk reputation on defense by collecting four interceptions off Raiders’ quarterbacks on Friday. Jonathan Bostic led the Bears with a total of 8 tackles. Tim Jennings and Isaiah Frey were among the Bears that recorded an interception on Friday. When the second and third team defense entered the game in the second half, there was a let down in production. That let down is what allowed the Raiders to creep back into the game .
Not many Bears’ players struggled on Friday, but one player of note was tight end Fendi Onobun. Onobun has struggled with drops this pre-season and that continued on Friday. Onobun was targeted twice but recorded no receptions. On one of the targets, Onobun broke coverage without a defender around him but dropped the Cutler pass.