During the first half of the first home game of the season, the Bears were overly hospitable hosts to their friends from Oakland.
The defense allowed the Raiders offense ample space to move up and down the field. And the Bears o-line followed the example set by their defensive mates by granting Raiders pass rushers VIP access to the Bears backfield…and free shots at their franchise QB.
Fortunately for the collective mental well-being of Chicago, the Bears recovered in time to enter the lockeroom with the half-time lead.
Here’s an overview of what transpired during the most meaningful half of Saturday night’s game…
1st half highlights
The Bears fell behind 10-0 as the Raiders gashed the Bears through the air and on the ground. With the Raiders driving deep in Bears territory again, threatening to increase their lead, Matt Toeaina got a good push up the middle, causing Jason Campbell to float a pass that Peanut Tillman easily intercepted.
On the next play, Matt Forte burst through a wide-open hole on the right side of the line and went nearly untouched for an 89-yard touchdown that gave the Bears and the Soldier Field crowd something to cheer about.
Late in the first half, the Bears caught a break when Israel Idonije recovered a bad snap deep in Oakland territory. After 3 plays netted 3 yards, the Bears went for it on fourth down. The play looked doomed from the start, but Jay Cutler made something happen with his legs.
Chris Williams whiffed on yet another attempt at a block on Kamerion Wimbley (who recorded 4 of the Raiders 6 sacks), Cutler stepped up in the pocket, buying Johnny Knox enough time to lose his defender. Jay found him wide open in the end zone for a 22-yard score.
With long-time long snapper Patrick Mannelly out, the Bears went for a two-point conversion and Chester Taylor ran untouched off (once again) the right side of the line. The Bears led 14-13 at the half.
Good night folks.
We could rehash the not-so-epic Kyle Boller vs. Dan LeFevour 2nd half showdown, but the point of this Web site is to actually keep folks like you coming back…
Brian Urlacher left with a calf injury after the first series. The Bears don’t consider it serious and #54 stood (not sat) on the sideline for the remainder of the game. Julius Peppers left briefly, but returned to record his 1st (unofficial) sack as a Bear.
Dez Clark’s a stud, but he crumbled under the pressure of handling the snapping duties while long-time long-snapper Patrick Mannelly was out. After misfiring on 3 snaps, Clark redeemed himself by successfully executing a snap on a 25-yard Robbie Gould field goal mid-way through the 4th quarter.
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