Oakland Raiders vs. Chicago Bears: Full Oakland Game Preview

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio must keep this developing team grounded in preparation for the Chicago Bears in Week 4.

It’s funny what two wins can do for a franchise typically struggling right out of the gate. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless spoke favorably about the overall direction of the Raiders on First Take. Wide receiver Amari Cooper appeared on the NFL Network to speak about the team’s early strides.

According to Football Outsiders, the Raiders' chances of making the playoffs have improved by 16.8 percent since Week 1. Bleacher Report’s experts have all picked the Raiders to win at Chicago.

Listen closely to what Cooper said on the NFL Network. He looked at the camera and said, “I don’t feel like I’ve done much yet.”

At a press conference, Del Rio said, “We’ve got way too much work to do. We respect everybody. We fear nobody.”

Those quotes set the table for Oakland’s Week 4 matchup with a downtrodden Bears team which traded two players this week.

However, Oakland cannot become complacent with a 2-1 record or overlook an 0-3 Bears team that has played arguably three of the best five teams in the league in the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks without its starting quarterback (Jay Cutler) for most of the stretch.

Cutler’s potential return would even the matchup against the Raiders. Oakland's chances of extending its winning streak to three games would significantly increase with backups Jimmy Clausen or David Fales under center.

Now, let’s dig into the nitty-gritty of this Week 4 matchup.

Location: Soldier Field; Chicago, Illinois 

Date: Sunday, Oct. 4

Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET


Begin Slideshow


About the Author