The offense scored on its first four possessions and five of six overall, while the defense generated two interceptions as the Bears stormed to a 27-0 lead en route to a 34-26 win in Oakland.
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"It was a good outing for everybody; special teams, offense and defense in the first half," said quarterback
"We wanted to come in here and continue what we did last week; start fast and get in rhythm, and I think we did that," added center
In an outing that general manager Phil Emery no doubt envisioned when he hired Marc Trestman as head coach in January, the Bears offense scored touchdowns on three straight possessions.
One play after
Forte's 35-yard run on the first play of the Bears' next drive set up
"We moved the ball well," Cutler said after the Bears improved their preseason record to 2-1. "The offensive line did a great job of pass pro and run blocking. We got Matt started early. I thought we ran the ball really efficiently. We sprinkled it around to some different guys."
The teams traded long field goals with
Removed at halftime along with most Bears starters, Forte rushed for 76 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 33 yards. Jeffery had seven receptions for 77 yards. Cutler completed 12 of 21 passes for 142 yards with one touchdown and a 93.8 passer rating while not being sacked.
"The offensive line did a great job," Bennett said. "Cutler did a great job getting them on the right guys in protection; him and Garza had been working on that all week. The backs did a great job protecting and then the other part of protection is the receivers getting open. I thought those guys did a good job of getting open quickly enough so that Jay didn't have to hold onto the ball."
Cutler's stats would have been much better had he not had six passes dropped-three by Marshall, two by Bennett and one by tight end
Raiders backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor made a strong case for the starting job, producing two touchdowns and one field goal in the third quarter to draw Oakland to within 27-20.
But by then Bears starters on both sides of the ball were already out of the game-with the exception of rookies
Another Bears rookie-undrafted free agent running back
The Raiders made it 34-26 on Matt McGloin's 5-yard touchdown pass to running back Jamize Olawale before failing on a two-point conversion attempt with 4:07 to play in the fourth quarter.
"It's always good to win," Trestman said. "It's good to see our first units go out there and play hard. We came a long way to get better and for the football team to win a game, and we did both. We got better. [But] we certainly have things that we can correct and get better at.
"We've seen signals of the kind of team we could be, but we're certainly not going to get ahead of ourselves either. We know we've got a lot of work to do because we see each other every day in practice. We know the work that's got to be done collectively and individually."