Raiders vs. Bears: 5 Halftime Adjustments for Chicago

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Raiders vs. Bears: 5 Halftime Adjustments for Chicago
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The Chicago Bears (7-3) are beginning life without quarterback Jay Cutler, and they are facing a big test on the road at the AFC West division leading Oakland Raiders (6-4) in NFL Week 12 play.

With Cutler out with a broken thumb, the Bears hope that Caleb Hanie can keep them in the NFC wild-card hunt.

For the Bears to pull off the win on the road, they'll have to make these adjustments in the second half.

5. Establish Matt Forte on ground and in passing game.

Forte should be Hanie's best friend to take pressure off of him on the ground. As one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, Hanie needs to utilize Forte as a check-down option to get him comfortable out the gate. With 33 of his 40 first-half rushing yards happening on one play, the Bears will need to do more to up his consistency.

4. Limit penalties.

The Bears committed the first four penalties of the game against the most-flagged team in the NFL. The most costly negated a first-down run by Hanie, which then led to a Haine interception deep in Bears territory. To win, they'll have to play much smarter.

3. Keep the Raiders offense out of the end zone.

Despite the Raiders owning starting field possession, they only walked away with four field goals to put points on the board.

2. Continue to get pressure on Carson Palmer without blitzing.

The Bears have done a great job getting to Palmer with only four defenders rushing the passer. They'll need to keep that effort up to stay in this game with the Bears offense struggling.

1. Build Hanie's confidence by sticking around.

After hanging around in the game despite being behind in the field possession and turnover battles, the Bears finally struck big when Hanie connected with Johnny Knox for a 29-yard touchdown reception.

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