Bears vs Raiders: Five Questions with Just Blog Baby

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The Chicago Bears look to get into the Win column for the first time in the 2015 campaign as the 2-1 Oakland Raiders come to Soldier Field.  It’s going to be an interesting game for the Bears.  Heading into the season, most fans had this game circled as an easy W, but with the Bears struggling early in the season and injuries to Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery send the hobbled Bears to Week 4 as underdogs.

To help us preview Bears vs Raiders, we’ve enlisted the help of Chase Ruttig, editor of Just Blog Baby, our FanSided sister site.   Let’s check out my questions and Chase’s answers:

1. The Raiders come into Soldier Field riding high with a 2-1 record and just one win away from matching their 2014 win total. What’s been the biggest difference so far this season? What has keyed the Raiders’ success? Can they sustain it this season and compete for a playoff spot in 2015?

The biggest difference for the Raiders has been having offensive weapons to put points on the board. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have given Derek Carr newfound depth in terms of weapons which paid major dividends in the recent two-game winning streak over AFC North opponents. Last year Andre Holmes was the leading receiver on the team and this year he is now the third receiver which goes to show you just how much deeper this team has become on offense.

I think the Raiders success is sustainable on offense, but their weakness at cornerback just might be too much for them to overcome once they start playing better defenses. With six games against tough AFC West opponents it is hard for me to see a playoff spot this year as I think the Raiders are one year away from having a contending roster, but if they can score a few upsets along with taking their winnable games anything is possible.

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