Sebastian Janikowski kicked a team-record six field goals and the Raiders took advantage of three interceptions from Chicago’s fill-in starter Caleb Hanie to beat the Bears 25-20 Sunday.
Carson Palmer threw for 301 yards and Michael Bush iced the game with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead the Raiders (7-4) to their third straight win against a Bears team missing starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
Hanie (18 of 35 for 254 yards and two touchdowns) started his first regular-season NFL game in place of the injured Cutler and tossed three interceptions (58.5 passer rating).
He also connected on an 81-yard pass to Johnny Knox (4-145-TD) to set up a nine-yard TD pass to Kellen Davis with 2:11 remaining.
Bears coach Lovie Smith acknowledged Hanie’s mistakes but said he saw enough to be encouraged. “Next week you’ll see better play from the quarterback position,” Smith said.
Overall, the defense was solid and Hanie showed some signs of playmaking ability as well as the ability to overcompensate his rocket arm, which led to inaccurate throws, resulting in turnovers.
Moving forward, I like what Caleb brings to the table and he will only be aided by a strong rushing attack – 27 carries for 172 yards (6.4 ypc); including five attempts and 50 yards for the new Bears’ starting signal caller.
Good as Gould: Robbie Gould booted two field goals of at least 50 yards, even a season-long 53-yard bomb to make it 18-13.
Peppers power play: Julius Peppers registered two sacks, to go along with five solo stops and another tackle for loss in run support.
Next: Sunday December 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, noon CT.