Sunday, August 22, 2010
Reviewing the Raiders vs. Bears
By Bill Williamson
Random thoughts from Oakland’s 32-17 win at Chicago:
This was a very nice overall effort by the Raiders. The defense continued to be outstanding, and the offense joined the party.
After flailing against Dallas, the first-team offense was strong. It was led by quarterback Jason Campbell, who was better and more comfortable against the Bears than he was against the Cowboys. Campbell came out flinging (even though Oakland was playing without Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey). Campbell slowed down as his playing time continued, but he had his moments. He finished 10-of-20 for 170 yards. He did throw an interception, and there was a fumbled exchange with backup center Chris Morris.
Defensively, it all started with new linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. He had four sacks in a limited role. That is nasty good. If Wimbley can be a constant pass-rush threat, the Raiders will be in business. Oakland had six sacks total, and now has a whopping 12 sacks in two preseason games.
There was some concern for the defense. The run defense, which has long been a problem and was a focal point of this offseason, was an issue. The Bears ran for 174 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte. With Chris Johnson and the Titans looming in three weeks on opening day, the run defense has to be addressed pronto. But Oakland was playing without Richard Seymour and Nnamdi Asomugha, its two best defensive players.
Overall, Oakland seems to be on the right track as the season approaches. This was a nice, solid win by Oakland, which clearly outplayed Chicago all game long.