It’s kind of tough to make far-reaching conclusions out of a preseason game, especially one against the Oakland Raiders, but the Bears did bring the noise Friday Night while they jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead. The running game popped, which should mitigate ongoing fears for Jay Cutler’s untimely interceptions. Cutler had all his weapons at his disposal against Oakland, except for 15, and seemed to be a little bit more comfortable with his offensive line. He enjoyed a refurbished right side where first-round pick Kyle Long and Jordan Mills now hold court, and where they will be expected to remain for the regular season. This assumes that Jemarcus Webb will not make the final roster cut when they’re brought down to 53 next Saturday.
The Bears were certainly sharp in the first half. The Bears got a touchdown from Cutler who found Matt Forte on a short pass which he turned up the field for an eventual 35 yard completion that gave the Bears a 10-0 lead. The rest of the offense in the first half was provided by the leg of Robbie Gould who connected on two FG’s from 45+ yards, and two scores from Michael Bush, both of which were from inside the Red Zone. The second half saw the bubble players fail to impress as they allowed 26 points while only mustering a single touchdown by Michael Ford, the rookie out of LSU.
The Bears’ starters on defense kept the Raiders completely contained for the first half with Jon Bostic again leading the way with 7 solo tackles, one of which was for a loss. The Bears would cause four turnovers and won the turnover ratio 2:1. The Bears will now head back to the drawing board to prepare for their Week One tilt against the Bengals at home before hosting a huge early season divisional matchup against the Vikings, which will offer much more meat to chew as a barometer of play and promise to this seasons chances.