As this season was about to unfold, Raiders coach Hue Jackson spoke with excitement about the big-play potential of his offense with speed packaged in the likes of Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and rookies Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones.
Yet on Sunday, with all but Heyward-Bey unavailable, the Raiders won their third straight game, a 25-20 decision over the Chicago Bears, to improve to 7-4 and stay atop the AFC West.
The Raiders had to resort to a different formula Sunday at O.co Coliseum, using Sebastian Janikowski’s team-record six field goals, three interceptions of Bears fill-in QB Caleb Hanie and Carson Palmer’s 301 yards passing to get the job done.
In fact it was the injury to Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler last week in Chicago’s victory over the Chargers that likely had the most impact on Sunday’s decision.
Hanie, in his first NFL start, was 18-of-35 for 254 yards and two scores, but was picked off by Stanford Routt, Michael Huff and Kamerion Wim...