Thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 25-20 victory over the Chicago Bears:
What it means: The Raiders are piling up the victories. They are 7-4 and have won three straight. Oakland is leading this division and looking like a good bet to win the AFC West for the first time in nine years as the season shortens.
Tomorrow’s talker: The Raiders were fortunate to face Caleb Hanie and not Jay Cutler. It was Cutler’s first game he missed since breaking his thumb. It would be inaccurate and unfair to say Chicago would have definitely won this game had Cutler played. But Hanie threw three interceptions and he clearly was overmatched. Oakland played well otherwise. But Oakland has its own injuries that it's dealing with and yet found a way to win.
Seabass is back: After dealing with a nasty hamstring injury for a month, Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was, once again, the nastiest kicking weapon in the NFL on Sunday. The Raiders overcame a stingy Chicago defense by seeing Janikowski boot six field goals, including four of 40 yards or more.
What’s next: Oakland plays at the much improved Miami Dolphins in Week 13, then plays the perfect Packers at Green Bay in Week 14.