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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Topics: Alex Barron, Brandian Ross, Chicago Bears, David Bass, Dennis Allen, DJ Hayden, Jacoby Ford, Jay Cutler, Lucas Nix, Matt Flynn, Menelik Watson, Oakland Raiders, Rashad Jennings, Sio Moore, Terrelle Pryor, Tony Bergstrom, Tony Hills, Tyvon Branch

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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.,

  • Raider Grant

    RAIDERS NEED TO TRADE MATT FLYNN TO JETS ASAP & ROLL WITH PRYOR! RAIDERS NEED TO TRADE FLYNN TO JETS ASAP & ROLL WITH PRYOR! SAVES US MONEY & ERASED MCKENZIE & ALLEN’S MISTAKE OF NOT GOING WITH PRYOR FROM GET GO! GO RAIDERS!

  • 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.