Raiders Head to Chicago for Windy City Showdown with Da Bears

Photos of the Raiders taking on the Chicago Bears through the years.

The Oakland Raiders will head back to the Midwest this week riding a two-game winning streak as they travel to Chicago to face the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:00 a.m. PT at Soldier Field. Sunday's contest will mark the conclusion of the team's early-season two-game road trip that started last week in Cleveland, as well as the Raiders' first match-up of the season against an NFC opponent. Oakland and Chicago are meeting for the first time since 2011, a 25-20 victory for the Raiders at home. The two teams will be meeting in Chicago for the first time since 2003, when the Bears won a tight contest, 24-21. Last week, the Raiders won their second consecutive game and earned their first road win of 2015, beating the Browns, 27-20. Chicago fell on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, 0-26.



Date:Sunday, Oct. 4

Kickoff:10:00 a.m. PT

Site:Soldier Field (1924)

Capacity/Surface:66,944/Kentucky Blugrass

Regular Season:Raiders lead, 7-6




In last week's victory against Cleveland, Oakland posted a season-high 469 yards of total offense as part of a well-balanced offensive attack. RB Latavius Murray posted his first 100-yard ef-fort of the season, recording a career-high 139 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown. QB Derek Carr registered a 115.9 quarter-back rating, throwing for 314 yards on 20-of-32 passing and two touchdowns. Carr found WR Amari Cooper eight times for 134 yards on the afternoon, Cooper's second game of 100 receiving yards in his young career. WRs Seth Roberts and Andre Holmeseach hauled in touchdown strikes from Carr in the first half. The defense was led by five sacks in the contest, including two from DE Khalil Mack, who also added a forced fumble. S Charles Woodson came up big down the stretch, intercepting a pass on the Browns' final drive with :38 remaining to seal the victory. LB Malcolm Smith totaled eigth tackles, including one sack.

The Raiders will return home after Sunday's game to face their first divisional opponent of the year, the Denver Broncos, next Sunday. The Bears will head to Kansas City to play the Chiefs.


This Sunday, K Sebastian Janikowski will match Hall of Famer WR Tim Brown and move into a tie for first place on the Raiders' all-time games played list. Janikowski, who will play in his 240th game in the Silver and Black this weeked at Chicago, was origi-nally drafted by the team in the first round (17th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Since 2000, 'Bass' has missed only four games over his career (two in 2000, one in 2001 and one in 2011). Includ-ing postseason, Janikowski has appeared in 246 games.






Play-by-play:Greg GumbelColor Analyst:Trent GreenSideline:Jamie Erdahl



*This week's game will air on KFOX 102.1/98.5 in the Bay Area

Play-by-play:Greg Papa Color Analyst:Tom FloresSideline:Lincoln Kennedy


Flagship: KSOL 98.9 FM (Radio Estereo Sol, 98.9 y 99.1
Play-by-play: Fernando Arias
Color Analyst: Ambrosio Rico



Pro Connections

• Raiders T J'Marcus Webb played for the Bears from 2010-2012, appearing in 46 games with 44 starts.

• Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice (offensive coordinator) and assistant offensive line coach Tim Holt (offensive line) coached for the Bears in 2012. Tice was also the offensive line coach for the Bears from 2010-2011.

• Bears Head Coach John Fox was the Raiders defensive coordi-nator from 1994-1995.

• Bears DE Lamarr Houston played for the Raiders for four sea-sons from 2010-2013, appearing in 72 games with 68 starts.

• Bears G Kyle Long is the son of former Raiders DE and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long. Kyle's brother, Howie Jr., works in the Raiders' personnel department.

• Bears CB Tracy Porter played for the Raiders in 2013, starting all 16 games and recording two interceptions.

• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio has worked on Bears Head Coach John Fox's staff on two different teams, first as defensive coordinator in 2002 with the Carolina Panthers and again from 2012-14 as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri (defensive assistant/defensive line) was a member of Fox's staff in Carolina from 2002-08. Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers, assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes, offensive line Dave Magazu, defensive line coach Jay Rodgers, assistant special teams coach Darius Swinton and offensive assistant Bo Hardegree also coached with Del Rio in Denver on Fox's staff.

• Bears Head Coach John Fox was Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson's position coach in the secondary with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1989-91.

• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio played linebacker for Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (linebackers coach) with the New Orleans Saints in 1986.

• Bears linebackers coach Glenn Pires coached Raiders LB Curtis Lofton for four seasons (2008-2011) with the Atlanta Falcons.College Connections

• Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri (defensive line/line-backers) coached with Bears Head Coach John Fox (defensive coordinator/secondary) from 1986-1988 at Pittsburgh.

• Raiders WR Amari Cooper was coached by Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh at Alabama in 2012.

• Bears LB Christian Jones played with Raiders DE Mario Ed-wards Jr. and was coached by Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri (defensive ends) at Florida State in 2013, where the three helped lead the Seminoles to a BCS National Championship.Hometown Connections

• Bears QB David Fales, who grew up in Salinas, Calif., played at San Jose State from 2012-2013.

•Bears T Charles Leno is a native of San Leandro, Calif., and at-tended San Leandro High School.


Overview: Veteran Head Coach John Fox, who owns a 119-92 (.564) regular season record as an NFL head coach, came to the Bears this offseason after four seasons, including three 12-win campaigns, leading the Denver Broncos and nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers. The Bears, who last went to the playoffs in 2010, are hoping to get on track with their first win of the season after posting a 5-11 record in 2014. To do so, Chicago will have to win at home against the Raiders for the first time since 2003.

Offense: With QB Jay Cutler sidelined with an injury, sixth-year QB Jimmy Clausen has taken over starting duties for Chicago. Clausen has completed 23-of-40 passes (57.5 percent) for 184 yards and one interception for a passer rating of 58.8. He will lean on Pro Bowl RB Matt Forte, who has led the way with 59 car-ries for 276 yards (4.7 avg.) and one touchdown. Forte has added nine receptions for 69 receiving yards. Through the air, Clausen will look for TE Martellus Bennett, who leads the team with 13 catches for 118 yards (9.1 avg.) and one touchdown. WR Eddie Royal leads the wide receivers with 11 catches for 66 yards (6.0 avg.), and Clausen will hope to get WR Alshon Jeffery, who has five receptions for 78 yards, back in the starting lineup.

Defense: The Bears' defense has shown signs of improvement over its first three games, allowing only 26 points to the Seahawks after giving up 79 combined points through the first two games of the season. Currently ranked 11th in overall defense (331.0 yards per game), the unit is sixth in the NFL against the pass, allowing just 195.3 passing yards per game. DL Jarvis Jenkins and DL Per-nell McPhee are tied for the team lead with two sacks apiece, the Bears' only four sacks through the first three games. The team has one interception through the first three games.


WR Michael Crabtree

Career Totals: 14 receptions for 161 yards (11.5 avg.) and two touchdowns in three career games (2-1).

• In his last meeting with the Bears on Sept. 14, 2014, totaled 82 yards on seven receptions (11.7 avg.) with one touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers' loss.

RB Roy Helu, Jr.

Career Totals: 11 rushing attempts for 41 yards with three touchdowns and one reception for five yards in one career game (1-0).

• While with Washington on Oct. 20, 2013, tied the team's single-game rushing touchdowns record with three scores on 11 rushing attempts in the Redskins' 45-41 win.

K Sebastian Janikowski

Career Totals: 13-of-14 on field goals and 1-of-2 on extra points for 40 total points in three career games (1-2).

• On Nov. 27, 2011, totaled 19 points by going a perfect 6-for-6 on field goals with one extra point conversion in the Raiders' 25-20 win over the Bears.

• On Oct. 5, 2003, converted 5-of-6 field goal attempts for 15 total points in his first meeting with the Bears.

LB Curtis Lofton

Career Totals: 53 tackles (34 solo), one pass defensed and one forced fumbles in five career games (4-1).

• Has totaled at least 11 total tackles in four of five career games against the Bears, including a series-high 13 (eight solo) on Sept. 11, 2011.

LB Aldon Smith

Career Totals: 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in one career game (1-0).

•Posted the most sacks in Monday Night Football history with 5.5 sacks against the Bears on Nov. 19, 2012, adding two forced fumbles in the game.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content