DATE: Sunday, November 21, 2011, 1:05 p.m. PT | SITE: O.Co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
THIS WEEK: The Oakland Raiders, members of the American Football Conference Western Division, are now in their 52nd season of pro football competition. The Raiders faced American Football Conference teams for the first nine games of the 2011 regular season with three straight contests versus fellow AFC West members. This week, the Silver and Black face an intra-conference opponent for the second straight time in 2011, hosting the NFC North Chicago Bears after facing the Vikings in Minnesota last week.
TELEVISION: This week's game will be televised on FOX, with Kenny Albert handling play-by-play, and former NFL playerDaryl Johnston as color analyst and Tony Siragusa as sideline reporter. If sold out per NFL blackout rules, the game will be broadcast in the Bay Area onKTVU Channel 2. The game will also air in Sacramento on KXTL Channel 40 in Sacramento.
RADIO: The game will air live on Raiders Radio Network originating on KITS LIVE 105.3 FM, the Silver and Black's flagship for the multi-state Radio Network. Greg Papa and Raiders two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Tom Flores will man the booth for the 14th straight year. The radio pregame and postgame shows feature Raider Legends George Atkinson and David Humm.
SPANISH RADIO:Raider games in the 2011 airs in Spanish in the Bay Area on radio station KCNL 104.9 FM withFernando Arias and Ambrosio Ricohandling announcing duties.
SERIES:The Raiders are tied with the Chicago Bears 6-6 in regular season meetings with the last meeting in 2007. The teams first met in 1972, when the Raiders defeated the Bears 28-21.
RAIDERS:LB Kamerion Wimbley played alongside Bears DE Chauncey Davis at Florida State…DE Lamarr Houston played with Bears DL Henry Melton at Texas…WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, G Bruce Campbell and T Stephon Heyer played at Maryland with Bears P Adam Podlesh and G/C Edwin Williams…S Michael Huff and Bears WR Roy Williams played together at Texas…RB Michael Bush and CB Chris Johnson and Bears DT Amobi Okoye played together at Louisville…WR Chaz Schilens played with Bears G Lance Louis at San Diego State…T Joe Barksdale played with Bears S Craig Steltz at LSU…WR Louis Murphy and DE Jarvis Moss played with Bears S Major Wright at Florida…Offensive line coach Bob Wylie served in the same capacity for the Bears from 1999-2003…Offensive coordinator Al Saunders and Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz were on the same staff with the St. Louis Rams.
BEARS:FB Tyler Clutts played at Fresno State and is from Clovis…RB Khalil Bell attended Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield…S Chris Conte played at Cal…Stephen Paea is from Los Altos…LB Lance Briggs is from Sacramento…S Winston Venable is from San Rafael…Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli spent time coaching the defensive line at Cal from 1983-91…Offensive coordinator Mike Martz went to Fresno State…Martz also spent time in the Bay Area coaching at San Jose State (1978), Fresno State (1979), Pacific (1980-81), and the San Francisco 49ers (2008)…Assistant defensive backs coach Gill Byrd went to San Jose State.
LAST GAME:The Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings, 27-21 last Sunday at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. K Sebastian Janikowski booted a 29-yard field goal for the Silver and Black's first points on the day. WR Chaz Schilens hauled in an 11-yard pass from QB Carson Palmer, RB Michael Bush scored on a two-yard run and Palmer scored on a quarterback sneak in the first half to go up 24-7. The Raiders scored on another Janikowski field goal from 26 yards in the third period.
NEXT WEEK:The Raiders are on the road for the third time in four weeks as they travel to Miami to face the AFC East Dolphins. The following week, the Raiders take to the road again to face the NFC North Packers in Green Bay before returning home to face another NFC North team, the Detroit Lions, at O.Co Coliseum on Sunday, December 18.