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Bears dominate Raiders in first half of win

By Fred Mitchell, Tribune reporter

12:03 AM CDT, August 24, 2013

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OAKLAND — The Bears’ most significant dress rehearsal for the regular season was encouraging as the first-team offense moved the ball efficiently and the starting defense was its usual dominant unit Friday night.

In the third exhibition of the year, the Bears starters staked the visitors to a 27-3 halftime lead en route to a 34-26 victory at 0.co Coliseum.

Jay Cutler completed 12 of 21 passes for 142 yards and, of more significance, targeted seven receivers, connecting with five of them. Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes in the first half. Matt Forte rushed for 76 yards on six carries and also caught a pair of passes for 33 yards.

Defensively, the Bears got interceptions from Tim Jennings, Isaiah Frey and C.J. Wilson.

The Bears dominated the Raiders in the first half Friday night. But they gave much of it back in the second.

Josh McCown relieved Cutler to start the second half.

The Bears scored first on a 45-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 8 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first quarter. The scoring drive covered 53 yards in eight plays.

The Bears then went up 10-0 after Cutler hit Forte on a swing pass for a 32-yard touchdown. The play was set up with a Jennings interception of a Matt Flynn pass.

Michael Bush capped a six-play, 61-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. The Bears offense was running smoothly with a diversified attack.

The lead ballooned to 24-0 after a 12-play, 76-yard drive punctuated with Bush’s second touchdown, this one from 1 yard out.

Gould then gave the Bears a 27-0 lead with a 53-yard field goal with a minute left until halftime. The scoring drive covered 29 yards in eight plays.

The Raiders finally scored as time expired in the first half with a 58-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal.

In the second half, Terrelle Pryor scrambled for a 25-yards touchdown run with 10:10 left in the third quarter. That made the score 27-10.

Janikowski later kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 27-13 with 4:38 left in the third quarter. The score was set up by a Raiders fumble recovery after an aborted play by McCown at the Chicago 34.

The Bears second-team offense struggled with turnovers. Following an interception by Joselio Hanson of a McCown pass, the Raiders took advantage with a touchdown to pull to within 27-20 with 34 seconds left in the third quarter.

Pryor passed 19 yards to tight end Nick Kasa for the score.

With 9:43 left in fourth quarter, Michael Ford reeled off a 15-yard touchdown run with nifty, spinning moves to extend the Bears’ lead to 34-20.

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