Sunday, November 27, 2011
First quarter: Raiders 6, Bears 0
By Michael C. Wright
Caleb Hanie threw two interception in the first quarter against the Raiders.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Penalties, turnovers, ineffectiveness -- name them -- they’ve happened to the Chicago Bears in an ugly first quarter at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday that ended with the Oakland Raiders leading 6-0 on a pair of field goals by Sebastian Janikowski.
Janikowski booted his second field goal -- a 47-yarder -- with 4:20 left in the second quarter, having received the opportunity to do so on an interception by Caleb Hanie.
Filling in for injured starter Jay Cutler, Hanie struggled early in his debut as the club’s No. 1 quarterback. Hanie completed just 3 of 8 passes for 25 yards, finishing the quarter with a passer rating of 6.8, including one sack and a pair of interceptions.
The rest of the team didn’t help out much, either, committing four penalties for 40 yards in the first eight minutes of the game.
The expectation coming in was the Bears would lean on the running game to alleviate pressure on Hanie. But running back Matt Forte struggled early; his first three attempts actually losing yardage. Forte broke a 33-yard run late in the quarter, and followed that with a 10-yard reception to inch the Bears toward the red zone.
But Hanie killed what appeared to be a promising drive with his second interception of the day, picked off by Raiders safety Michael Huff.