The Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears are two teams headed in very different directions next season. The Raiders are in a full blown rebuilding mode while the Bears are looking to take the next step under new guidance.
Both will meet for a Week 3 preseason showdown which figures to see starters play the majority of the game. Oakland needs to find a quarterback while Chicago simply needs to keep ironing out its new offense.
Here is a full breakdown.
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland
When: August 23, 2013, 10:00 PM ET
Watch: WFLD 32 (FOX – Chicago), KICU 36 (San Francisco/Oakland) – tape delay
Live Stream: NFL Preseason Live
Bears Player to Watch: Michael Ford
The Bears may have thought they had things figured out at the running back position going into the preseason thanks to Matt Forte and Michael Bush, but Michael Ford has given the team something to think about.
Ford has looked solid in two outings so far. He may not be able to push for serious playing time, but he has all but assured himself a roster spot. Ford will have an opportunity to beat up on a reeling Raiders defense stuck in neutral, so watch to see if he betters his case.
RaidersPlayer to Watch: Terrelle Pryor
The Raiders have to find a starting quarterback. Mat Flynn may look and sound like an obvious starter, but he and Terrelle Pryor have not been very impressive this preseason.
Pryor threw for 88 yards and added another 31 on the ground last week, once again showing his versatility. It is something that may give him the edge in the quarterback competition. At this point it really is not settled.
Matchup to Watch: Raiders Passing vs. Bears Secondary
Sticking with that same theme, both Flynn and Pryor have their hands full against the Bears thanks to a secondary that features Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman.
Both have shown little as passers and things are not going to get any easier here. If one can manage to break through against a tough defense, it would given him a huge advantage in the competition.
This one is easy. The Raiders do not have a lot of depth to speak of and are even starting some players that would be featured as backups elsewhere.
Bears 17, Raiders 3