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First-team offense listless in Raiders' 34-26 loss vs. Bears

  • Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor scrambles for a first down Friday in Oakland. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — As the preseason winds down, attention zeroes in on Sept. 8, opening day for most NFL teams. Packers-49ers. Falcons-Saints. Giants-Cowboys. A current of excitement prickles in the air. Anticipation is running full throttle.

But for the Raiders and their fans, the big game may come a week later: Sept. 15, a home game against Jacksonville. If Friday night's 34-26 loss at O.co Coliseum is any indication, the Raiders just may be the worst team in the league. They could be competing, if that is the right word, with the lowly Jaguars for the first pick in the 2014 draft.

The third preseason game is generally viewed as the most telling tune-up, because the starters get more playing time than in the other three practice games. That was true Friday night, with most first-teamers on both sides playing into the third quarter, and it was a disaster for the Raiders. They were outgained 252 yards to 92 by the Bears in the first half, and outscored 27-3. Only a 58-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski in the closing seconds — off the A's infield dirt, no less — allowed the Raiders to avoid a goose egg.

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And it seemed more one-sided than that.

The Raiders did practically nothing right in that first half. They couldn't block for their quarterbacks, and when they did, those passers were dreadful. Starter Matt Flynn completed 3 of 6 passes for just 19 yards, was intercepted twice and left the field to boos. His reliever, Terrelle Pryor, completed 2 of 4 for 32 yards and probably should have been intercepted once, but Chicago safety Chris Conte couldn't hang on to the ball.

The Oakland defense looked equally unprepared. Cutler completed 12 of 21 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in the half, and Matt Forte ran for 76 yards on just six carries. Michael Bush, the former Raider, scored twice on runs. The home team missed tackles, applied little pressure and let receivers roam freely.

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