Fields throws 1st career touchdown as Bears beat Raiders in Vegas (Las Vegas, NV) – Justin Fields threw his first career touchdown to tight end Jesper Horsted and the Chicago Bears defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 20-9.
The Raiders really never got anything going offensively on the afternoon. Derek Carr, who was having a pretty strong season before today, went 22/35 for 206 yards and an interception. Running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 48 yards on 15 carries and scored the only touchdown of the day for the Raiders.
Many will speculate if the reports released this week about head coach Jon Gruden’s comments in an email from 2011 proved to be a distraction, and led to the lackluster performance. Gruden is said to have made racist remarks about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith back when Gruden was employed by ESPN. The league is currently investigating the matter.
Chicago’s offense, which is currently ranked last in the league, wasn’t that impressive today either. However, the Bears defense was physically imposing and the offense just did just enough to help secure the win. Fields went 12/20 for 111 yards. He was briefly replaced by Andy Dalton in the second quarter after appearing to injure his left leg, but would return moments later. He went on to lead Chicago down the field resulting in his first career touchdown. Khalil Herbert led Chicago with 18 carries for 75 yards. Damien Williams contributed with 16 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. Kicker Cairo Santos converted on both of his field goals.
Khalil Mack got after his former team with eight tackles. He also sacked Derek Carr once. Linebacker Roquan Smith led Chicago with ten tackles.
The Bears and Raiders are now both 3-2.
Chicago host Green Bay next week.
Las Vegas travels to mile high to face the Denver Broncos.
Fields throws 1st career touchdown as Bears beat Raiders in Vegas