In a thrilling game in London, the Oakland Raiders defeated Chicago Bears 24-21, following one crazy show. Jon Gruden’s team was superb in the second quarter, but they fell behind in the third, before coming back in the finish of the match, securing their third win of the season.
It was rookie runningback Josh Jacobs, who once again proved his worth. His 2-yard touchdown rush with 1:57 left, brought back the lead to the Raiders. It was a perfect way to end a 97-yard drive of the nominal hosts in this contest.
After Jacob’s touchdown, the Bears were in a hurry to reach the field goal range at least, but that hit them back as Mitch Trubisky’s replacement Chase Daniel threw an interception with 1:22 to go. Gareon Conley, the Raiders’ CB picked up his pass, allowing his team to spend more than 70 seconds before punting the ball back to the Bears. On all three occasions, Jacobs was running, forcing Matt Nagy to burn all his three timeouts.
On the finals snap of the game, Daniel was sacked, and all the hopes for some miracle comeback of the Bears vanished. It was the fourth sack of the game he suffered, having 37 negative yards. Daniel threw for 231 yards, 22 of 30, with two touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Meanwhile, Derek Carr was untouchable for the fantastic Chicago defense. Khalil Mack was excellently handled by his former club, and the same applied to all of his other teammates. Carr was 25 of 32 for 229 yards without any TDs or picks.
“We knew no one would pick us to win this football game. And we hadn’t really proven anything for them to pick us, right? But it just shows you the grit and determination of our young guys,” said Carr.
However, what made the difference was the rushing game, where Bears had four times fewer productivity, 41 yards, while Oakland posted 169. All of Raiders’ three scores came on the ground, Jacobs’ two and DeAndre Wahington’s one. By the way, Jacobs rushed for 123 yards on 26 carries.
“We were up for the challenge,” Jacobs said. “All week that’s all we heard was how good their defense was and they are a great defense. But we wanted to prove we’re a good offense.”
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Chicago had a huge burst in the third period. They were behind 17-0 at the halftime, without any signs that they might recoer. But Carr’s fumble recovered by Khalil Mack at Oakland’s 14-yard line was a turning point. David Montgomery carried the ball for one yard to decrease the result. On the next two drives, Chicago’s offense was perfect, and Allen Robinson II recorded two touchdowns. Bears’ WR had 7 receptions for 97 yards in this match. But when they had a chance to close the game in the final sequence, Nagy’s guys missed it.
“We’ve got a bunch of strong people now in that locker room,” said Nagy. “So there pissed off right now. They are not happy. They are in there, and they are going to figure it out, and leaders create leaders right? So right now they got to lead themselves, and no more talking, we go out there and just play.”
We are sure that the crowd at Tottenham’s stadium in London enjoyed this contest, and that they had the opportunity to see the best that the NFL has to offer.
Up next, the Raiders are visiting Wisconsin to face the Green Bay Packer after a week off. The Bears too, will be free next week and will host the Saints. Both matches are scheduled for October 20.
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