Raiders lose second straight; fall to Bears 20-9

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: Damien Williams #8 of the Chicago Bears rushes for a touchdown during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) Justin Fields threw his first career touchdown pass, and the Chicago Bears‘ defense largely shut down the Las Vegas Raiders‘ high-powered offense in a 20-9 victory Sunday.

Damien Williams rushed for a touchdown in the Las Vegas debut for the Bears (3-2), who were accompanied by thousands of vacationing fans.

Derek Carr passed for 206 yards and Josh Jacobs rushed for a late touchdown in the second straight loss for the Raiders (3-2) – their first with fans in the stands at 2-year-old Allegiant Stadium.

Las Vegas struggled on offense in Jon Gruden’s first game since the revelation of the veteran Raiders coach’s racist comment about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith in an email in 2011. The NFL is looking into the matter, and Gruden could face league discipline for comments made back when he was employed by ESPN.

Jesper Horsted caught the first TD pass by Fields, who went 12 of 20 for 111 yards in the touted Ohio State rookie’s third career start – his first since being named the Bears’ No. 1 quarterback by coach Matt Nagy. The Bears’ 32nd-ranked offense managed just 252 yards, but Chicago’s defense allowed three points in the first 50 minutes.

Khalil Mack led the Bears’ defensive dominance of his former team with eight tackles and a sack of Carr, his good friend, on a 2-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.

After Cairo Santos’ 46-yard field goal with 2:45 to play put the Bears up by eight, Las Vegas moved 5 yards on its ensuing drive, and Carr overthrew Bryan Edwards on fourth down.

Santos hit another field goal with 56 seconds left, and Chicago hung on to win the latest meeting of two beloved NFL franchises that failed to win a playoff game in the previous decade.

Both offenses started slowly, but Fields pushed Chicago to a 14-3 halftime lead with ample help from the Raiders’ untimely penalties. Chicago went ahead for good early in the second quarter on Fields’ 2-yard TD pass to Horsted in traffic.

Fields briefly left the game in the second quarter when he twisted his left leg while getting tackled by Yannick Ngakoue. Andy Dalton only took two snaps, but still completed a key third-down pass before Fields returned to lead a 16-play, 86-yard, 8 1/2-minute drive ending in Williams’ 4-yard TD run.

Jacobs scored the Raiders’ first touchdown with 9:01 to play, stretching the ball over the goal line an instant before it was ripped out of his hands by Chicago’s defense – but Mack dropped Carr on the 2-point try to keep the Bears’ lead at five points.

SLOW STARTS

The Raiders failed to score on their opening drive in their 11th consecutive game, their longest such streak in nearly a decade. Las Vegas reached the Chicago 3 on its second drive, but a holding penalty on Foster Moreau wiped out a TD run by Jacobs, and the Raiders settled for a field goal.

Las Vegas has scored just eight points in the first quarter this season. Only three teams have scored fewer than the Raiders’ 34 combined points in the first half.

INJURIES

Bears: RT Germain Ifedi left in the second quarter with a knee injury. … Rookie LB Caleb Johnson also was lost with a knee injury.

Raiders: Carr was shaken up on a quarterback sneak on the first snap of the fourth quarter. He appeared to take a head shot from Roquan Smith, but Carr returned a few snaps later after a brief trip to the injury tent.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host the Green Bay Packers (4-1) next Sunday.

Raiders: At the Denver Broncos (3-2) next Sunday.

FIRST QUARTER: Bears receive the opening kickoff.

Raiders Daniel Carlson with a 31 yard field goal. RAIDERS 3, BEARS 0. 4:00 left in quarter.

SECOND QUARTER: Bears touchdown Justin Fields passed to Jesper Horsted to the right for 2 yard score. BEARS 7, RAIDERS 3, 13:11 left in period.

Bears touchdown Damien Williams rushed to the left for 4 yard touchdown, BEARS 14, RAIDERS 3.

THIRD QUARTER: No scores

FOURTH QUARTER: Raiders Josh Jacobs with a 2 yard TD run, the two-point conversion attempt fails. BEARS 14, RAIDERS 9, 9 minutes left in regulation

Bears Cairo Santos kicked field goal. BEARS 17, RAIDERS 9.

Bears Cairo Santos kicked a 46-yard field goal. BEARS 20, RAIDERS 9. FINAL.

CHICAGO (2-2) at LAS VEGAS (3-1)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS

OPENING LINE: Raiders by 5

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Chicago 2-2; Las Vegas 2-2.

SERIES RECORD: Raiders lead 8-7.

LAST MEETING: Raiders beat Bears 24-21 on Oct. 6, 2019, in London.

LAST WEEK: Bears beat Lions 24-14; Raiders lost to Chargers 28-14.

BEARS OFFENSE: OVERALL (32), RUSH (9), PASS 32), SCORING (30).

BEARS DEFENSE: OVERALL (12), RUSH (14), PASS (15), SCORING (10).

RAIDERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (5), RUSH (27), PASS (2), SCORING (9).

RAIDERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (19), RUSH (23), PASS (13), SCORING (19).

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Bears plus-2; Raiders 0.

BEARS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Darnell Mooney. The second-year receiver leads the Bears with 17 catches for 226 yards this season. He had a career-high 125 yards receiving last week, including a 64-yarder from Justin Fields.

RAIDERS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs has already caught four deep passes (at least 20 yards downfield) this season, just one shy of the league lead and his total from all of last season. Ruggs had a 51-yard catch and drew a 45-yard pass interference call last week.

KEY MATCHUP: Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack vs. Raiders RT Brandon Parker. Parker is expected to get the start at tackle with struggling rookie Alex Leatherwood expected to move to guard. Parker has had issues in pass protection in his three seasons and should have a tough test against Mack. Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year when he played for the Raiders, has four sacks the past three games.

KEY INJURIES: The Bears lost RB David Montgomery (knee) last week. … DT Akiem Hicks (groin) is doubtful. … The Raiders will be without CBs Trayvon Mullen (foot) and Damon Arnette (groin).

SERIES NOTES: The Raiders shut down Mack when the teams met in London in 2019 in the first matchup after his 2018 trade to Chicago. Mack had three tackles and one QB hit. … Raiders RB Josh Jacobs ran for 123 yards and two TDs in that game. … The Bears will make their first appearance in Las Vegas.

STATS AND STUFF: Fields threw for 209 yards to get his first win last week after throwing for just 68 in his first career start. … The Bears have allowed sacks on a league-worst 13.7% of pass plays. … Chicago’s defense has 14 sacks the past three weeks and a league-best 15 on the season. … The Bears are the only team with two players with at least four sacks: Robert Quinn (4 1/2) and Mack (4). … Chicago WR Allen Robinson has at least one catch in all 92 games he’s played for the second-longest active streak to DeAndre Hopkins (130). … Bears CB Jaylon Johnson ranks tied for second in the NFL with six passes defensed. … Chicago K Cairo Santos has made 32 straight FGs in the regular season for a Bears record and the longest active streak in the NFL. … Raiders QB Derek Carr has tied a franchise record by throwing at least two TD passes in five straight games. … The Raiders rank 31st in the league averaging 3.25 yards per carry, their lowest mark after four games since 1993 (3.04). … Las Vegas TE Darren Waller has 21 targets the past three weeks after getting 19 in the opener. … The Raiders haven’t scored on the opening drive in 10 straight games and have scored only five points in the first quarter all season. … Las Vegas had only 213 yards of offense last week after leading the league with 471 per game the first three weeks.

FANTASY TIP: Bears RB Damien Williams could get a big load this week with Montgomery injured. Williams had 70 yards from scrimmage and a TD last week. The Raiders allowed 169 yards rushing to the Chargers.

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