Preseason Week Three: Chicago Bears 34 Oakland Raiders 26: Raiders Underperform Once Again

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Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) celebrates with teammates Jeron Mastrud (48), Marcel Reece (45) and Tony Bergstrom (45) at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Yesterday, August 23rd, started wrong and ended wrong.  First of all, the drive from my house to the Oakland Coliseum was horrible.  Between broken down vehicles, road construction, accidents, and “lookie-loos,” I didn’t get to the game until 6:00 PM PST.  I left my house at 12:45 PM PST, and it’s only a two and a half hour drive.  Needless to say, it sucked.  Luckily I was able to find a way around all the mayhem, otherwise I’d still be sitting in traffic on I-80.  Then the game started.

The first series for the Oakland Raiders offense started well with Rashad Jennings charging through the pack for a big gain, but it eventually ended with a punt.  The Raiders defense didn’t look very good, and the Chicago Bears moved the ball against them way too easily.  There was penetration into the backfield of the Bears offense, but the Raiders never seemed to capitalize.  Jay Cutler was able to scramble away from the hands and arms of the Raiders defense too easily.  Matt Flynn had his chances, but he blew them with two interceptions.  He didn’t look good at all.

However, there were good things that happened for the Raiders last night.  The offensive line looked better, not great, but it was more improved from last week.  Apparently, the combination of moving Tony Bergstrom to left guard and Lucas Nix to right guard worked.  There are still some issues to address, but Alex Barron had a better game at left tackle.  Menelik Watson will return to practice and maybe make a play to take over the left tackle position from Barron.  Also, the Raiders brought in tackle Tony Hills to possibly compete for an offensive line position.

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