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Early Look: Raiders Face Da Bears in Week 4


FB Marcel Reece tries to break a tackle in the Raiders 25-20 win over the Chicago Bears in 2011 in Oakland.

The Oakland Raiders will complete the second of back-to-back road trips when they head to the Windy City to take on the NFC North's Chicago Bears at Soldier Field – the NFL's oldest stadium.

This will be the first trip to Chicago for the Raiders in the regular season since 2003. The last time the two teams met, the Raiders came away with a 25-20 win in Oakland in 2011.

New Bears Head Coach John Fox, a former Raiders assistant, takes over after leading the Denver Broncos. New Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio served as Fox's defensive coordinator for three years. Fox takes over for another former Raiders assistant coach, Marc Trestman, who was Chicago's head coach for one season.

This game features one of the better running backs in football, Matt Forte of the Bears, and it will be interesting to see what Jay Cutler will be able to do in Adam Gase's offense. Brandon Marshall is off to the New York Jets, but the Bears drafted Kevin White out of West Virginia – the other wide receiver the experts thought the Raiders might take at No. 4 overall.

Here are some interesting things about the match-up:

LONG TIME BETWEEN VISITS: The last time the Raiders visited Chicago in the regular season was in 2003, when the Bears won, 24-21, on Oct. 5. The Raiders last played in Chicago in the preseason in 2010. The Raiders are even at 3-3 in Chicago, and have not won there since Nov. 7, 1993 (16-14, Raiders).


ALL OR NOTHING**: In the Raiders' seven wins against Chicago, the team has posted at least 24 points in all but one win, a 16-14 triumph at Chicago on Nov. 7, 1993. In four of the Raiders' six losses to Chicago, the team scored six-or-fewer points.

MORE CONNECTIONS: Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice coached Chicago's offensive line from 2010-11, and served as offensive coordinator in 2012. Raid­ers assistant offensive line coach Tim Holt* *succeeded Tice in 2012 as offensive line coach. LB David Bass and DE Lamarr Houston were originally drafted by the Raiders. Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long is the son of Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long. CB Tracy Porter played for the Raiders in 2013. QB Jay Cutler and WR Eddie Royal are veterans of many AFC West battles with the Raiders.  

OVERCOMING UNFORCED ERRORS: The Raiders survived five lost fumbles and defeated the Bears in Oakland, 24-17, in 1999.

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