Hanie Led Bears Fall

A week after losing starting quarterback Jay Cutler for the season, the Bears went into Oakland with backup quarterback Caleb Hanie to try and take a one game lead in the NFC wild card picture. But the Bears seemed to struggle on offense throughout the game eventually turning the ball over 3 times, all interceptions thrown by Hanie. Hanie’s first NFL start was not a complete failure though. He did throw 2 touchdowns and make a number of good throws especially when he hooked up with wideout Johnny Knox on an 81 yard gain to set up a touchdown. In the end it came down to ball security and Hanie did not do enough to protect the ball. Not to take any credit away from the Raiders who virtually shut down return specialist Devin Hester nullifying him to just 2 punt returns for 3 yards. It took an outstanding display of directional punting from Oakland punter Shane Lechler to do so. By taking Hester out of the game the Raiders were able to win the field position battle all day and helping kicker Sebastion Janikowski kick a team record 6 field goals.
Next up for the Bears are the lowly Chiefs, a team that is plagued by injuries. This is a game the Bears should be heavily favored to win even without Jay Cutler. It may be just the game Caleb Hanie and the offense need to get on track as a unit and keep pace with the NFC wild card race.

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