Yeah, I know, the Bears ran for 172 yards today and 100 of those yards were on five plays. But outside of of those big plays, the Bears weren't able to control the clock and consistently gauge the Raiders on the ground.
I didn't like it too much, but the Bears actually were running the ball to get back in the game late instead of passing. I'll obviously take that over passing though—because the clock runs out quicker when you run.
What the linebackers did really well today is sniff out those screens the Bears are known for and put a big hit on Bears running backs. Second-year middle linebacker Rolando McClain put a big one on Forte, had a sack and had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Strong-side outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley blew up a screen, had a sack, and a hit on the quarterback that forced an interception. He also had an interception that he returned 73 yards, deep into Bears territory—setting up a field goal.
That interception was first tipped by weakside outside linebacker Aaron Curry—blowing up the screen play. Curry didn't have a sack, but he had two tackles for a loss and a hit on the quarterback that forced an interception.
I'll call that a good day for the linebacker corps.