Raiders vs. Bears: 5 Halftime Adjustments for Oakland to Win

Aron GlatzerAnalyst INovember 27, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Denver Broncos at Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders (6-4) are looking to stay atop the AFC West division with a win over the Jay Cutler-less Chicago Bears (7-3) in NFL Week 12 play.

With Cutler out due to a broken thumb, the Raiders are trying to hammer Caleb Hanie in his first NFL start.

If the Raiders are going to pull out the victory, they'll have to make these adjustments at the half.

5. Catch Carson Palmer's passes.

The Raiders have a big advantage at quarterback in this matchup, and they need to take full advantage. A dropped touchdown on the opening drive hurt.

4. Continue to stuff Matt Forte.

Hanie will make mistakes if the Raiders can neutralize Forte not only as a rusher, but as Hanie's check-down option as one of the top receiving backs in the NFL. It already happened when he was picked off rolling right deep in his own territory trying to force a ball to a covered Forte.

Forte gained 33 of his 40 yards on one run, so the Raiders have actually done a pretty nice job bottling him up.

3. Pressure Caleb Hanie.

Hanie has already been picked off three times in the first half, but the Raiders only sacked him twice. With added pressure, Hanie will continue to make costly mistakes.

2. Get the ball in the end zone.

The Raiders have owned field possession and the turnover battle, yet only walked away with four field goals for points. The Raiders will have to turn this advantage into real points by getting into the end zone in the second half. The longer the Raiders let the Bears hang around, the better chance Hanie builds some confidence.

1. Improved offensive line play.

The Bears have been able to apply pressure on Palmer with only four pass rushers, sacking him three times (one of them was on a blitz). Also, the Raiders have rushed for only 25 yards so far. The Raiders will have to improve in both of these areas to expand the lead in the second half.