By Donte Chase Bridges | Oct 6, 2019
“We didn’t play the game like we wanted. We know the fight that’s in us.” Bears ILB Danny Trevathan
Just a little too late for the Chicago Bears as they lose a hard-fought victory against the Oakland Raiders 24- 21 in London, England. Yes, the Bears have had their share of problems defining an identity for their offense, but the Chicago Bears’ defense was a no-show as the Oakland Raiders controlled the tempo of the game. Although Bears Pro-bowl DT Akeim Hicks left the game with an injured elbow, the talented Bears’ defense should have had enough manpower to bring the Oakland Raiders run game to a halt. Bears’ ILB Danny Travethan had some critical words about the Bears defensive performance.
“We did not play the game like we wanted; we know the fight that is in us. It’s a lot of emotions going on. A lot of players feel that we have to respond, but we know the type of players we got; we are going to bounce back,” said Bears’ ILB Danny Trevathan.
The Bears DT Akeim Hicks left the game with a gruesome dislocated elbow in the first quarter. The Pro bowler’s presence was truly missed as the Oakland Raiders took full advantage of a thinning D-line by pushing the 3-4 defense backwards for the entire first half. Led by rookie RB Josh Jacobs with 26 attempts and 127 yards, the Oakland Raiders revved up their running game and attacked the weak A-gap of the Bears’ defense. Lucky for the Bears, Jacobs left the game with an undisclosed elbow injury in the first half.
“This is the first time I ever saw the Bears defense truly get thunder punched in the throat. This is a bludgeoning up front by the Oakland Raiders,” said sports analyst Mark Schlereth.
With only his 5th start in 11 seasons, Back-up Bears QB Chase Daniels came out the gates delivering precision mid-range strikes to the 6 ‘3’ WR Allan Robinson to set the tone for the first quarter. Unfortunately, the journeymen QB began to show the signs why he’s never emerged as a starting quarterback in the NFL by passing for less than 300 yards, 2 interceptions, and a QB rating of 89.5%. Have the Bears found a reliable QB that will allow them to make a strong push through the NFC North, or does Chicago need to put the weight back on the ailing shoulders of QB Mitchell Trubisky?
“We couldn’t get going; we were hurting ourselves; credit the Raiders defense; it is a great defense, and they had some great runs. I mean anytime you’re down 17 points in the first-half you’re going to have a hard time moving the ball. Top-to-bottom today we just didn’t do it,” said Bears Backup QB Chase Daniels.
Chicago Bears MLB Roquan Smith returned into the starting lineup in the Week 5 showdown against the Oakland Raiders. The Bear’s front office is remaining tight-lipped about the undisclosed reason Smith sat out in week’s 4 divisional rival game. Nonetheless, the Bears LB Roquan Smith integrated back into the Bears’ linebacking core seamlessly.
Although not contributing to a Chicago victory, Bears WR Allan Robinson dominated Chicago’s aerial attack with 7 receptions, 97 yards, and his first 2 touchdowns of the season. Robinson has become the Bears safety valve over the weeks with his emergence as the undisputed #1 wide receiver for Chicago. Hopefully, the Bears can find a quarterback that can showcase Robinson’s full talents.
Key Plays of the Game.
As the Bears took back the lead in the third quarter, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr began a 50 yard+ drive that brought the raiders to the 10-yard line and ready to score. Just when a swing pass was pitched to the Raiders wide receiver for the go-ahead score, Chicago Bears’ DB Sherrick MacManus delivered a Peanut Tillman type punch to stop the Raiders in their tracks and give the ball back to the Chicago Bear.
Finding the silver lining in a dark cloud, Bears DT Akeim Hicks will have ample recovery time as the Bears move into their midseason bye week. Although backup QB Chase Daniel held the fort down in Mitchell Trubisky’s absence, the Bears truly need the dual-threat of Trubisky’s arm and legs to consistently make strides on offense. If the Bears can’t make sure starting QB Mitchell Trubisky stays healthy for the remainder of the season, then in the words of retired head coach Jim Mora, “Playoffs! We’re talking about playoffs!”