Oakland Raiders drop to 2-2 on last second FG


Playing in what was considered to be a winnable opportunity to move to 3-1 on the season on the road to the Chicago Bears, an off day for the Oakland Raiders offense ended their winning streak on a Sunday where the defense created three turnovers against the returning Jay Cutler. A game that ended in a disappointment after a last second Robbie Gould field goal stalled the Raiders early season momentum in its tracks at Soldier Field.

The Raiders offense settled for two field goals in the second half, including one with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter after giving Roy Helu Jr. the football on 3rd and 2. Settling for a field goal that in the end gave Jay Cutler too much time to operate for a game-winning drive that the Bears converted despite opening with a 4th and 5 opportunity for the Oakland defense that they could not convert to win the game.

Helu Jr. was given the ball with a chance to either run time off the clock or go for a touchdown with a new set of downs as Latavius Murray was benched for the final drive after his second of two miscues. The usually sure-handed Murray fumbling a pitch after dropping an interception into the hands of the Bears defense in the first half. Two plays that ultimately cost the Raiders as their offense struggled to put points onto the board on Sunday for the first time since their Week 1 loss to the Bengals.

After leaving too much time on the clock, Robbie Gould kicked his second long distance FG of the game to hand the Raiders a loss that will be a heartbreaker for a fanbase that was dreaming of 2-2. The mistakes of a still building team giving many a reminder and fear that this team is likely still one season away from being a complete group that can push for the playoffs.

Even with the loss the Raiders still had another encouraging performance where several players made plays. Including David Amerson who stepped in the second half to force a fumble and to bat down a potential touchdown on a deep ball from Cutler. Michael Crabtree and Roy Helu Jr. also had good days on offense, particularly on the last drive of the game to get into scoring territory. There just wasn’t enough execution in front of the endzone as settling for field goals cost a team that needs to make the most of their opportunities to win football games.

Seth Roberts being one inch away from having two feet in the endzone was also a turning point for the Raiders, serving as a silver lining that this team was still good enough to win in a game where they just fell short on the road. A loss that will be disappointing considering the Bears 0-3 record, but one that still showed that this team will be competitive on the road. A Bears offense led by Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett doing just enough to escape a game where the Raiders offense kept Chicago in the game.

This loss will set the Raiders back into a tough position as their next two games will be major tests to this new look team. A home game against the Denver Broncos followed by a road trip to San Diego will now be even more important to the Raiders hopes of being outside Wild Card contenders. Now at 2-2 instead of 3-1 it will be a must for the Raiders to bounce back, a game in which the Raiders didn’t convert their opportunities at Soldier Field could be a game in which the Raider Nation looks back on being the difference between a successful season or another rebuilding year when all is finished at the end of the 2015 season.

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