Bears' preseason victory over Raiders highlighted by Cutler, Forte performances
The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26 in Chicago's third preseason game.
Jay Cutler decided to throw to someone other than Brandon Marshall and finished with 12 for 21 passing with 142 yards and a touchdown. With long pass completions to tight end Martellus Bennett, wideout Alshon Jeffery and running back Matt Forte, Cutler was on a mission to prove that he didn't have "tunnel vision."
The ground game didn't disappoint either. Matt Forte, Michael Bush and Michael Ford combined for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
"It was kind of imperative to do that, come out there and get everything going efficiently," Forte said. "We started off fast."
The Bears defense dominated the Raiders' first-team offense. Starting quarterback Matt Flynn only managed to lead two successful first-down conversions and matched that total with interceptions. The Bears forced four turnovers for the night including a Tim Jennings interception.
However, Oakland would slowly rebound after former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor took the field. Pryor, although facing the Bears' reserve defensive players, completed all but two of his nine passes and threw for 93 yards and a touchdown. The former Buckeye averaged 10.3 yards per pass and even contributed 37 yards and another score on the ground.
"I love to throw the ball. I find joy in throwing it," Pryor said. "I also find joy in making plays with my feet too. It's definitely something the defense has to look out for and it opens up a lot of things. But I'd rather throw a touchdown than run it."
The Bears will finish their exhibition schedule against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field Aug. 29.