Well I guess the Bears can’t win them all. After reeling off five straight victories since a 2-3 start, the Bears lost a game they could’ve (and should’ve) won to the Raiders 25-20. The loss puts the Bears record at 7-4, but they lost no standing in the tight NFC playoff race thanks to the Lions losing to the Packers on Thanksgiving Day. As things stand now, the Bears still maintain possession of the first wild card spot.
This game marked QB Caleb Hanie’s first NFL start, and let’s just say that it wasn’t a very memorable occasion. Hanie, substituting for injured Jay Cutler, threw three interceptions, all of them costly and two of them leading to two Oakland FG’s. Hanie’s final interception, perhaps the most costly of the three, occurred in the final two minutes of the first half on a 2nd & 1 from the Oakland 7. The play called down was a backside screen with Hanie rolling out to his right and throwing back to his left. The Oakland defense might as well have been in the Chicago huddle as the play was completely diagnosed by Oakland. The resulting interception was returned by LB Kamerion Wimbley 73 yards to the Bears’ 12 yard line. Only a desperation tackle by OL Lance Louis saved a TD. It was an amazing hustle play as Louis tracked the play all the way down the field.