In a contest full of turnovers, momentum swings, and lead changes, the Chicago Bears had the final say on Sunday with a game winning field goal with 7 seconds to go and beat the Oakland Raiders, 22-20. It was Chicago’s first win of the season.
Oakland drove down the field late with an 11 play, 68 yard drive for a Sebastian Janikowski FG to go ahead 20-19 with 2:10 left to play. The Raiders were conservative with their plays and ran the ball to set up that field goal and lean on their defense, rather than be more aggressive and go for 6.
On the ensuing drive by the Bears, the pass rush of Oakland was nowhere to be found and Jay Cutler drove the team down the field for the game winning kick. Chicago converted a key 4th and 5 to keep the drive alive with a Cutler pass to Martellus Bennett for 7 yards.
Bennett finished with 11 receptions for 83 yards and a TD, as tight ends continue to befuddle the Raiders defense. Matt Forte had 91 yards rushing and 64 yards receiving. Cutler finished with 281 yards and 2 touchdowns with one pick.
Oakland’s offense struggled, but the team took advantage of Chicago turnovers and made some big plays as well. Amari Cooper caught a 26 yard TD pass from Derek Carr for the Raiders’ first score early in the 2nd quarter. Roy Helu Jr. had a 4 yard touchdown catch after a Cutler fumble. Still, the Raiders only managed 243 yards of total offense.
Latavius Murray had a day he’d like to forget, with a fumble on a pitch play and also a bobbled pass that led to an interception.
Oakland misses an opportunity to start the season at a shocking 3-1, and must settle for 2-2 instead. The Raiders will play the Denver Broncos at home next Sunday in an AFC West showdown.
The Bears get a big win, and travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs, also on Sunday.
Spark Sports NFL Analyst