Raiders rookie safety Stevie Brown (27) has grabbed two interceptions in two preseason games for the Silver and Black. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
WIMBLEY WREAKS HAVOC: Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley had great success rushing the passer in Oakland's preseason win at Chicago. The offseason acquisition totaled four sacks, getting to the Bears quarterback for losses totaling 28 yards. Wimbley had an 11-yard sack on Chicago's opening drive and totaled six solo tackles for the game.
BIG RECEPTIONS: Quarterback Jason Campbell connected with three different receivers for receptions of 24 yards or longer in the first quarter of the preseason win at Chicago. Campbell's 24-yard pass to running back Michael Bush on third down kept the opening drive alive and a 27-yard completion to wide receiver Louis Murphy helped set up a 1-yard touchdown dive by Campbell. Later in the opening quarter, Campbell connected with fullback Marcel Reece for a 40-yard catch and run which was the longest of the game.
NORRIS SCORES: Linebacker Slade Norris put points on the board on special teams in the Raiders preseason win at Chicago. In the third quarter, the second-year player recovered a muffed punt in the end zone to give Oakland the lead. In the fourth quarter, Norris blocked a Bears punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety to cap the scoring in the win.
BROWN PICKS AGAIN: Rookie safety Stevie Brown recorded his second interception in as many games, intercepting a Chicago pass and returning it 46 yards to set up a Raiders field goal in the fourth quarter. Brown has two of the Raiders three team interceptions through two preseason games.
SNEAKY QBS: Oakland's two offensive touchdowns in the preseason win at Chicago came on quarterback keepers with Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller each getting into the end zone. Campbell capped a 10-play, 81-yard opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge and Boller scored on a 2-yard rush in the third quarter.
FAST START: The Raiders moved to 2-0 in the preseason with the win at Chicago, marking the first time since 2006 that the Silver and Black have won the first two preseason games. It also marks the first time since 1998 that the first two preseason victories have come in opponents' home stadiums. In 2006, the Raiders earned two straight wins away from home to start the preseason, but the first victory came at a neutral site during the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH.
GOOD!: Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was good on a pair of 43-yard field goals in the first half of the Raiders win at Chicago. Janikowski is now a perfect three-for-three on field goal attempts in the preseason.
SACK ATTACK:The Raiders defense totaled six sacks in the preseason opener at Dallas, with defensive ends Lamarr Houston and Matt Shaughnessy totaling two sacks apiece. Houston got to the quarterback twice for 13 yards in losses, while Shaughnessy's multiple sack performance accounted for 16 yards in losses. Defensive tackle Chris Cooper also notched a five-yard sack, and linebacker Trevor Scott forced a fumble with his first sack of the preseason.
SPREADING IT AROUND: Quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller connected with 12 different receivers in the preseason opener at Dallas. Four different receivers recorded multiple catches in the win, with Johnnie Lee Higgins, Yamon Figurs and Zach Miller each hauling in three receptions. Higgins led all Raiders with 38 receiving yards and running back Michael Bennett's lone reception went for 33 yards. Wide receiver Nick Miller also pitched in with a four-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
PICK SIX: Safety Jerome Boyd sealed the Raiders preseason victory at Dallas with a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Boyd, who spent the majority of the 2009 season on the Raiders practice squad, picked off a Matt Nichols pass and scampered for the score with less than a minute left in regulation. It was the first career interception for the Oregon product.
CAMPBELL DEBUTS: Quarterback Jason Campbell made his Silver and Black debut under center in the Raiders preseason win at Dallas. Campbell, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Washington Redskins, completed seven of 13 pass attempts for 49 yards in the first half.
BENNETT TOTALS 101: Veteran running back Michael Bennett eclipsed the century mark for total yardage in the Raiders preseason win at Dallas. Bennett rushed for a game-high 68 yards on 12 carries (5.7 avg.) and added a 33-yard reception in the fourth quarter to help set up a Raiders field goal.