The Oakland Raiders lost their second straight preseason game on Friday night at the Coliseum, despite a late rally, as the Chicago Bears hung on the 34-26 victory.
Things looked dire for the Raiders, as the Bears got off to a 27-3 halftime lead. Despite the Raiders getting the ball to start off the game, Matt Flynn was unable to mount much of a drive and were quickly forced to punt. The Bears took over the ball at the Raiders 27 which resulted in a 45-yard field goal a few minutes later for the 3-0 lead.
The Raiders would then get the ball at their own 21 after a kickoff return from WR Josh Cribbs. However, the drive ended up with a Flynn interception that was intended for Denarius Moore. Chicago's Jay Cutler would get the team's first touchdown on a 32-yard play to RB Matt Forte.
Cribbs would give the Raiders great field position on the ensuing kickoff to the Bears' 38. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they were unable to get anything going again and a 49-yard field goal attempt from Sebastian Janikowski was no good. RB Michael Bush would end a 61-yard drive with a touchdown run to give the Bears a 17-0 lead after the PAT.
After forcing a punt on the following possession for the Raiders, Chicago drove the ball down the field and Bush scored another touchdown. Gould's PAT would make it 24-0 for the Bears.
Matt Flynn would throw his second interception on the next possession but the Bears were forced to punt after Oakland put a stop to their offense. Getting back on offense, the Raiders threw out Terrelle Pryor to take over for Flynn. The Bears would quickly take over again though and a 53-yard field goal gave the Bears a 27-0 lead. The Raiders would then get 3 after Janikowski hit a 58-yarder on the next possession.
In the third quarter, the Raiders cut the Bears lead to 27-10 as Pryor led the Raiders downfield on five plays and 58 yard.
With Chicago in control of the ball, the Raiders would then force a fumble as S Reggie Smith recovered the ball. The Raiders would add another three points with a 30-yard field goal, making it 27-13. Oakland would then get another scoring opportunity after CB Joselio Hanson intercepted the ball in Chicago territory. Pryor would then hit TE Nick Kasa for a 19-yard touchdown and after the PAT, the Raiders were down just 27-20.
Matt McGloin would come into the game after the Raiders forced a punt but McGloin was picked off by CJ Wilson. Jordan Palmer, having just entered the game would hand it off to Michael Ford for a 15-yard touchdown, making it 34-20.
McGloin would recover nicely on the next possession as he took the team 88 yard for a scoring drive, including a TD pass to FB Jamize Olawale. A two-point conversion failed however and the Bears still led 34-26.
The Raiders started at the 12 after CB Taiwan Jones bobbled and returned the ensuing kickoff. McGloin led an 88-yard scoring drive as he found FB Jamize Olawale with a 5-yard TD pass on 4th and 1. The two-point conversion failed and the Bears led 34-26 with 4:07 left in the game.
Though the Raiders would force a punt with just under three minutes to play, McGloin was unable to establish another rally and an interception on 4th and 24 ended their chances. The Raiders are now 1-2 in the preseason, as they head to Seattle to face the Seahawks next Thursday for the final game of the preseason.