Bears vs. Raiders brings old coaching friends head-to-head

This morning, Jack Del Rio said in a press conference that he wishes that he and Chicago Bears’ head coach John Fox could wrestle at the 50 yard line to decide the outcome of Sunday’s Raiders vs. Bears game.


Numbers can help tell a story in a football game. So bad that they’ve been underdogs in each of their past 27 games. It is the last time the Raiders won three consecutive games.

Oakland is 2-1 on the season, 2-1 against the spread and 3-0 with the over.

On Sunday at Soldier Field, the Bears will get an up-close glimpse of the things Oakland’s rookie receiver is able to do this year. “Most offences are like that but we’re just executing really well and finding our third read”. If the NFL wanted to showcase the best game during Week 5, the SNF crew would be at the Coliseum, but at least going into the weekend it appears that there is little interest in giving the Raiders a national audience for now.

Cutler’s status remains an unknown, all depending on how his hamstring’s feeling.

The Raiders are quite happy to have all three. During the 2013 season, when Fox was recovering from heart surgery, it was Del Rio who stepped in as interim coach and kept the Broncos on course to a 13-3 season and trip to the Super Bowl.

Carr has thrown for 665 yards with five TDs and one interception in last two weeks while Cooper has 15 receptions for 243 yards and a score in those games.

Meanwhile, the only receiver picked higher last April is starting to play like he’s arrived. My son appreciates then; I can pick him up when I go home. The Bears also signed safety Chris Prosinski and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds to perhaps bolster a special teams unit that’s allowed a kickoff to be returned for a TD in each of the last two weeks. “And we expect to play a lot better football as we go forward in the season, and the only way you can do that is if you put in the work”. If he starts, the Bears offense should be much improved, and they’ll have a good chance to win the game. When it was pointed out that O’Donnell handled kickoff duties in college and could theoretically kick the ball out of the end zone to avoid returns, Rodgers said: “Every player on our roster has the ability to do a lot of different things”. “That’s not to slight them, but he’s a more accomplished player”. Bears running back Matt Forte needs just 20 more yards to become the fifth. Losing to Green Bay and beating Chicago are not overly surprising, but St. Louis blindsiding them in Week One sets them back in a way I can not claim to have foreseen. Reggie McKenzie blundered often when he took over as general manager, but his high-end drafts the last two years – netting Mack, Carr and Cooper – have turned around the franchise. Gabe Jackson, OG, Oakland Raiders 5. Quarterback Cam Newton is playing the best football of his career, and Olsen, who reeled in eight catches for 134 yards and two TDs last week, is a big reason why. I don’t want to make any assumptions, but it seems as though the front office is just planning for next year and the years after, although stockpiling 6 round picks is a curious way of doing it. The Bears defense has fallen so far.


NOTES: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.

Injured Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler stands on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday Sept. 27 2015 in Seattle