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 wide receiver Jacoby Ford (12) returns the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 

I was watching Bobby April on the sideline right before the third kick-off reception for the Raiders.  This, of course, came after Josh Cribbs returned two kick-offs.  He looked toward Jacoby Ford and yelled his way.  I’m sure he yelled, “Get in there” or “You’re up,” because Jacoby Ford jumped up, put his helmet on, ran onto the field, and returned a kick-off for 62 yards.  He’s back!

Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) against the Chicago Bears at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Sio Moore looks awesome, and he needs to continue his strong play.  Defensive back D. J. Hayden started the night off shaky, but he ended pretty well.  He had some good plays and some not so good ones.  This was to be expected from a player who hasn’t seen any game time action since November of 2012.

Safety Brandian Ross filled in for the injured Tyvon Branch, and he had a great game.  It’s good to know that there will be some good efficient depth behind both Branch and Charles Woodson.  Defensive end David Bass once again performed well, and he should easily make the team.  The defensive line is beginning to shape up, but now it needs to take the next step forward.  That step forward would mean sacks, batted balls, forced fumbles, and interceptions.  I’m just not seeing it yet.

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