Oakland Raiders Defeat Chicago Bears: 10 Observations of Raiders Defense
The Raiders beat the Bears 32-17 on Saturday and are now 2-0 in preseason play. The Starters played pretty strong in the first half but there were some let downs.
Overall it was a solid performance by the Raiders as a unit as they out played the Bears the whole game.
Let's take a look at 10 things that stuck out about the defense during Saturday's game against Chicago.
No Seymour or Asomugha
Richard Seymour and Nnamdi Asomugha had the day off on Saturday and did not participate. The Raiders took the field without their two best defenders and still managed to play solid.
This also allowed some of the less experienced players to get some much needed playing time during the preseason.
Kamerion Turns Soldier FIeld Into Wimbley Stadium
Kamerion Wimbley looked the like player the Cleveland Browns were hoping for when they drafted him in the first round in 2006. Unfortunately for the Browns he was playing like that in a Raiders uniform.
Wimbley recorded six tackles in the first half and four of those were sacks. If this is any indication of what Wimbley can do the Raiders will have a top ten defense in 2010.
Desmond Bryant Brings True Depth on Defensive Line
Desmond Bryant has taken a back seat to Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, John Henderson, Matt Shaugnessy and Lamarr Houston. Last year Bryant gave coaches and fans reason for optimism as he played solid for an undrafted rookie out of Harvard.
His solid play continued against the Bears as he grabbed six tackles, one of them for a loss. He adds to a solid defensive line rotation that looks like it could be one of the best in the league.
Jerome Boyd Having a Strong Preseason Campaign
I didn't give Jerome Boyd the credit he deserved after his performance against the Cowboys.
Many people believed Boyd was on the outside looking in when it came to making the final roster in Oakland. He needs a strong preseason to make the roster and that is exactly what he is producing.
He seems to be in the right place at the right time in many situations. He took an interception to the house against the Cowboys and he managed to get five tackles against the Bears.
Don't be surprised to see Boyd on the final 53 man roster.
Rolando McClain Adjusting Well
Rolando McClain hasn't exactly been a star in his first two preseason games, but he is showing he can lead the defense.
McClain had three tackles and played well in coverage against Chicago. He may have made a rookie mistake on Matt Forte's big run as he barely missed the gap on the play. Cable said that run happened because of a blown assignment, but never mentioned who the player was.
Oakland Fans should be very excited to have McClain in the middle.
The Defensive Line Produces Sacks
In two games the Raiders starters have recorded nine sacks in the first half. Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston recorded two sacks each against the Cowboys in week one.
If the defensive line can continue this play during the season the Raiders could very well find themselves in a playoff run towards the end of the year.
The Big Play Is Still An Issue
Matt Forte burnt the Raiders on an 89 yard run play for a touchdown. The Raiders had a tendency last year to give up too many big plays and they showed flashes of that against the Bears.
If the Raiders want to become a serious contender they must minimize the mental mistakes that make them pay on the field.
It takes one mental let down to change the momentum of the game.
Stopping the Run Is Still an Achilles Heal
The Bears ran the ball 25 times and rushed for 174 yards against the Raiders. They averaged seven yards per carry against a stingy Raiders defense.
That number is a bit inflated because of Forte's big run, but it still counts. If you remove the 89 yard touchdown run, the Bears only averaged 3.5 yards per carry.
Too bad you can't remove those runs from the scoreboard or box score. The Raiders must learn how to stop the Run.
Young Secondary Looking Solid
We all know Nnamdi Asomugha is a star, but the Raiders have plenty of talent in their secondary.
Tyvon Branch and Mike Mitchell look like promising players who could end up being super stars. The rookies drafted in the secondary also look like they have the ability to contribute in 2010.
Walter McFadden and Stevie Brown look like they could make an impact and work their way into the secondary rotation during the season.
Anyone Is Capable Of Taking the Game Over
The Raiders defense is filled with a great mixture of veterans and young energetic players. The Raiders defense will present a major problem for a lot of teams in 2010. Anyone in the starting lineup is capable of taking over the game and being the star.
Whether its Seymour, Houston or Shaugnessy bringing pressure from the defensive line or Wimbley, McClain and Scott getting to the quarterback from the linebacker position.
The secondary also has play makers in Asomugha, Branch and Huff.
Overall this defensive unit has been pretty impressive and is giving the Raider Nation much to be excited about. It is only the preseason, but they are doing a great job at getting to the quarterback in the first half when the starters are in for both teams.
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To get a breakdown of the offense check out Fellow Raiders Columnist, Jay Dee's Article:http://bleacherreport.com/articles/441127-oakland-raiders-defeat-chicago-bears-10-observations-about-the-offense