QB Terrelle Pryor led a rally that got the Raiders back into the game against the Chicago Bears. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
For the second week in a row, the Oakland Raiders found themselves in a large hole at halftime, and for the second week in a row a spirited rally fell short. The Raiders overcame a 27-3 halftime deficit and twice pulled within one score but the Bears were able to hold on for a 34-26 victory at O.co Coliseum in Oakland.
The Bears won the opening coin toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half. After a WR/KR Josh Cribbs kickoff return, the Raiders drive, with QB Matt Flynn at the helm, stalled at their own 45. P Marquette King's 55-yard punt landed in the end zone and the Bears took over at the 20.
The Bears opening drive stalled at the Raiders 27. K Robbie Gould's 45-yard field goal put the Bears up 3-0 with 8:41 left in the 1st quarter.
Cribbs returned the ensuing kickoff to the Oakland 21. The Raiders drive ended with CB Tim Jennings intercepted a QB Matt Flynn pass intended for WR Denarius Moore. Chicago started at the Oakland 32.
RB Matt Forte took a QB Jay Cutler swing pass and eluded several defenders on his way to a 32-yard scoring play. Gould's PAT was good and the Bears lead 10-0 with 7:02 left in the 1st quarter.
WR Jacoby Ford returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards to the Bears 38. A sack, a draw play and a jailbreak screen brought up a K Sebastian Janikowski 49-yard field goal attempt. The kick was no good and the Bears took over at their own 39.
RB Michael Bush finished the 61-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Gould's PAT was good and the visitors led 17-0 with 2:17 left in the 1st quarter.
Ford fielded the ensuing kickoff in the end zone and took a knee for a touchback. The Raiders started at their own 20. The Bears held the Raiders to a three-and-out and P Chris Kluwe came on to punt.
KR/PR Devin Hester's punt return was wiped out by a penalty and Chicago started at their own 24. Bush finished the 76-yard drive with a 1-yard TD. Gould's PAT was good and the Bears lead 24-0 with 10:09 to go in the 2nd quarter.
The Raiders next drive started at their own 7-yard line. The Raiders drive ended when Flynn threw his second interception of the night. Chicago started at the Raiders 35.
The Raiders forced a three-and-out and Adam Podlesh came on to punt. The Bears were unable to down it inside the 5 and the ball came out to the 20.
Terrelle Pryor entered the game at quarterback. The Bears held the Raiders to a three-and-out as Pryor's 3rd and 11 pass was almost intercepted. Hester returned King's bouncing 46-yard punt to the Chicago 36.
K Robbie Gould's 53-yard FG gave the Bears a 27-0 lead with 60 seconds left in the 2nd quarter.
Jacoby Ford returned the ensuing kickoff to the Oakland 20. A 26-yard pass to rookie TE Mychal Rivera set up a Janikowski 58-yard field goal attempt. The kick was true and the Bears took a 27-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Hester returned the opening kickoff of the second half to the Chicago 22. Former Raiders QB Josh McCown took over for Cutler. After a three-and-out and a punt and a penalty on Chicago, the Raiders started at their own 42.
Pryor led the Raiders on a 5-play, 58-yard scoring march and cashed in on a 25-yard scramble for a touchdown. The extra point was good and the Raiders cut the Bears lead to 27-10 with 10:10 left 3rd quarter.
RB Michael Ford returned the ensuing kickoff to the Chicago 13. After allowing ne first down, the Raiders forced a fumble that safety Reggie Smith recovered at the Chicago 34. The Raiders settled for a 30-yard field goal attempt. The successful kick cut the Bears lead to 27-13 with 4:38 left in the 3rd.
Michael Ford returned the ensuing kickoff and a penalty on the Bears backed them up to the 10. The Raiders got the ball back on a CB Joselio Hanson interception and they took over deep in Chicago territory. Pryor took advantage with a 19-yard TD pass to rookie TE Nick Kasa. The PAT was good and the Bears lead was cut to 27-20 with 34 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
Michael Ford returned the ensuing kickoff to the Chicago 26. The Raiders allowed one first down and then forced a punt. After a CB Phillip Adams return, a penalty on the Raiders, the Silver and Black started at their own 10 with Matt McGloin at quarterback.
The Raiders drive ended when McGloin was intercepted by CJ Wilson, who returned the ball to the Raiders 44. Jordan Palmer entered the game at quarterback. Michael Ford spun his way into the end zone for a 15-yard TD run and the Bears took a 34-20 lead after the extra point.
The Raiders started at the 12 after CB Taiwan Jones bobbled and returned the ensuing kickoff. McGloin led an 88-yard scoring drive as he found FB Jamize Olawale with a 5-yard TD pass on 4th and 1. The two-point conversion failed and the Bears led 34-26 with 4:07 left in the game.
Michael Ford returned the ensuing kickoff to the Chicago 29. The Raiders forced a punt with 2:57 left in the game and Head Coach Dennis Allen called the Raiders third and final time out. Adams called for and made a fair catch the Raiders 17.
McGloin was unable to rally on the final drive and threw an interception on 4th and 24. The Bears took over at the Raiders 40. Palmer kneeled down twice to secure the victory.
The Raiders fall to 1-2 and wrap up the preseason next Thursday on the road in Seattle against the Seahawks.