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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  • Mark Shafer

    I met Matt Flynn a few weeks ago at training camp. He a really nice guy and when he said that he was really glad to be a Raider, you could just tell that he really is. It is hard to hate on a guy like that.
    When I watched Pryor play against the Lions in preseason last year. It was ” WOW “! Them when the picked up Matt Lienart and made him the number two quarterback it didn’t make sense to me ( what do I know? I also thought they could have found a better offensive coordinator in the stands at the O ).
    Simply put Allen needs to put in the man who gives the Raiders the best chance to win. Two weeks in a row we have seen that are offensive line is not going to give a pocket passer the time he needs. Mean while Pryor has shown that he can out run a blitz, and make them pay for it!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    You know, I hate seeing Flynn struggle too. I hope he finds his niche, but the Raiders need the best chance to win, and I saw that from Pryor last night. He’s really growing up before our eyes, and his hard work is beginning to pay off. I just don’t see any fire or passion on the sidelines from him. Last night he looked worried and scared.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I meant, I didn’t see it from Flynn, Pryor had plenty of fire and passion.

  • Tony Bk

    Great article. Al last pick in the Draft will Win us the Raiders Nation next SB. Pryor is a Beast #2!!!!!

  • Ricky Bobby

    I know a stubborn, no good azz snake when I see one. DA is not about to give TP the starting job, TP only earned the right to be evaluated, maybe some 1st team reps. Don’t be surprised if he don’t throw TP to the Hawks 1st team D I with the same tired azz pistol plays for the 4th wk in a row.,

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  • drcro

    I said it long before. Pryor is the man in Oaktown. Allen and McKenzie don’t have a clue same old dragging ass offense. I don’t know why everyone hates Pryor. Yes, I said hate him. Get over it.