Raiders drop second straight in 20-9 loss to Bears

Raiders lose second straight
Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) during the first half of a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders have made a habit of overcoming 14-point deficits at home this season. But on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, 11 points was too big a barrier as the Raiders drop second straight game.

The Bears beat the Raiders 20-9 to hand Las Vegas the loss after they started the season 3-0. The Raiders (3-2) led 3-0 early in the game but gave up two straight touchdowns in the second quarter to fall behind by 11.

“They’re a good football team on defense and they’re rallying around their young quarterback with a new play-caller,” said Raiders coach Jon Gruden. “They ran the ball extremely well.”

Rookie Justin Fields, who was named the starter just before this game, passed for 111 yards on 12-of-20 passing with one touchdown for the Bears (3-2). Chicago had a strong rushing attack with Khalil Herbert gaining 75 yards on 18 carries and Damien Williams added 64 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown.

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Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

For the Raiders, Derek Carr passed for 206 yards on 22-of-35 passing. Josh Jacobs rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and Hunter Renfrow caught six passes for 56 yards.

“We’re trying to find our right mix upfront,” Gruden said. “I’m not going to point to the offensive line but it was (Brandon) Parker’s first game starting today, Alex Leatherwood moved into right guard. We’re trying to find the right mix. We’re struggling to run the football. Our pass protection has to get better as well.”

Raiders finally have first-half lead

The Raiders actually held a 3-0 lead on a Daniel Carlson 31-yard field goal with 4:04 left in the first quarter. The Raiders drove 69 yards on 13 plays. On the drive, Josh Jacobs took the ball 2 yards off left end into the end zone, but the touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty by Foster Moreau.

That set up a second and goal from the 12 and Carr missed on two passes to set up the field goal.

The Bears answered with a 10-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a Fields pass to Jesper Horsted for a touchdown. 

Raiders lose second straight
Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Jesper Horsted (87) makes a touchdown catch as Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson (21) defends the play during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

After a Raiders punt, the Bears extended the lead to 14-3 when Williams scored on a 4-yard run with 1:56 left in the half. The Bears converted on four third downs to extend the 16-play drive.

Neither team could score in the third quarter

After a scoreless third quarter, the Raiders cut the lead to 14-9 when Jacobs dove over the top of the pile for a touchdown. Carr was sacked by Khalil Green on the two-point conversion attempt that would have cut the lead to three.

Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards (89) drops a pass as Chicago Bears safety Deon Bush (26) makes a tackle on the play during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders drive was 16 plays that covered 74 yards and took 8:19 off the clock. On the drive, Carr took a shot to the head on a quarterback sneak and left the field for three plays.

The Bears answered with a 46-yard field goal by Cairo Santos with 2:50 remaining. After the Raiders failed on a fourth-down from their own 30-yard line, Santos hit again, this time from 46 yards out to extend the lead to 20-9 to seal the victory.

Raiders drop second straight
Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach John Gruden is pictured before the start of a game against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

This was the first game following a report that coach Jon Gruden made a racially insensitive remark in an email he wrote to a Washington Football Team executive 10 years ago. At the time, he was a Monday Night Football color commentator for ESPN and wasn’t employed by the team.

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said the news report wasn’t an issue as the Raiders drop second straight game.

“t wasn’t really no reaction at that point,” he said. “We were really focused on Chicago. I don’t have a comment on that.”

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