Don’t look now, but the Oakland Raiders are 2-1 after three weeks of play and are seemingly full of confidence ahead of Week 4’s tilt with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
One reason the Raiders can feel good about themselves stems from their 27-20 win over the Browns in Ohio on Sunday. Oakland effectively ended a road losing streak that stretched back to November of 2013 while picking up back to back wins for the first time since October, 2012.
The Bears (0-3 SU, ATS) failed to register a single point in a dispirited 26-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Week 3. John Fox’s squad is allowing an ugly 35 points per game to opposing offenses so far while mustering up a mere 15.3 of their own.
Starting quarterback Jay Cutler was sidelined in the losing effort due to a strained hamstring, meaning Jimmy Clausen was forced to fill in under center. Cutler’s return date is up in the air, which could force Clausen to start once again versus Oakland.
The Notre Dame product fell to 1-11 lifetime in a starter in the loss.