If you were expecting Caleb Hanie to perform like Dan Marino, chances are you wound up disappointed. The Bears lost to the Oakland Raiders 25-20 in Oakland, in their first game of the season without Jay Cutler. Cutler is out for the foreseeable future with a broken thumb on his passing hand. Due to this injury, back-up QB Caleb Hanie is now the starter. Despite being thrusted into the spotlight, Sebastian Janikowski of the Raiders stole the show.
Janikowski belted a team record six field goals in the 25-20 victory. The Raiders benefited from great field position coming off 3 interceptions from Hanie and the rangy leg of Janikowski. Carson Palmer appeared a little more comfortable as he threw for 301 yards. Michael Bush also had a big 4th quarter TD. The defense could only do so much with the offense sputtering and Hanie turning the ball over. For his first start he didn't play so bad. He was really shaky in the first half, while he played much more mature in the 2nd half.
Hanie was 18 of 35 for 254 yards and 2 TD's. He had 3 interceptions, 2 of which were misfires, and 1 was an awful playcall by Mike Martz near the goal-line (Really, a TE screen from 12 yards out?). He had a 58.5 passer rating on the day and Bear fans are hoping he plays a little better next week against the Chiefs. One startling fact about the game, Matt Forte only had 12 carries. WHY!!!!!?????
Forte had 12 carries for 59 yards, and Marion Barber had 10 carries for 63 yards. If we want to win games with Hanie, we need to get Forte the ball at least 25 times a game. It's nice to see Barber contributing but Forte is where we win ball games. Johnny Knox had a breakout game with 4 catches for 145 yards and 1 TD. Kellen Davis caught 2 passes for 25 yards and 1 TD.
Defensively Julius Peppers had 2 sacks on the day on Carson Palmer, it's nice to see Peppers getting into the mix a little more. Also Corey Graham had an interception for the 3rd straight game.
The Bears face the Kansas City Chiefs next week at 1:00 PM EST