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Jay Cutler leads Bears over Raiders in first win of year

*While kickers across the NFL struggling Sunday, Robbie Gould remains stellar. The Bears' kicker nailed a 50-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give Chicago (1-3) a 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders (2-2). Here is what you need to know: *

  1. Jay Cutler looked good coming back from a hamstring injury. At no point did the Bears quarterback appear hindered in any fashion. He deftly moved in the pocket early and was able to slide around to avoid pressure. Cutler picked apart the Raiders' secondary for 281 yards on 28-of-43 passing and two touchdowns. It's flown under the radar how comfortable he appears in Adam Gase's offense.

Of course -- as we say often in this space -- Cutler gonna Cutler. As is his modus operandi, Cutler forced a pass across his body off balance that was picked off by Charles Woodson. It could have cost Chicago the game. Luckily, Cutler got the ball back and drove the Bears for the game-winning field goal. #Redemption.

  1. The Raiders' offense sputtered at times, but Derek Carr always seems in control. The second-year quarterback displayed deftness reading defenses pre-snap. Even on his worst passes, he always seems to find the right target. Then he drops some absolute dimes, like the beautiful arching toss to Amari Cooper in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Consistency with sprinkles of greatness is exactly what you want in a franchise quarterback.
  1. Oakland cannot cover tight ends. For the fourth consecutive week a tight end destroyed them. Martellus Bennett torched the Radiers' D for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches in which he was inexplicably WIDE OPEN. If I were in the business of giving fantasy advice, I'd suggest streaming every tight end against this defense.
  1. The Bears completely dominated the flow of the game. The Raiders' defense couldn't pressure Culter consistently and the back end is a mess. The Khalil Mack-Aldon Smith duo isn't getting it done.
  1. The Bears jettisoned some defenders this week, but Pernell McPhee is a keeper. The stud tackling machine was all over the field, compiling eight tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass defensed. He also stuffed Roy Helu on third-and-two to hold the Raiders to a field goal. Pernell is by far the best player on the Bears' D.
  1. It was a rough, rough day for Latavius Murray. The running back couldn't get anything generated on the ground (3.1 yards per carry) and was guilty of two Raiders turnovers. On the final Oakland drive Helu replaced him. We could see more Helu in coming weeks.
  1. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio upset the Football gods, playing for a go-ahead field goal with more than two minutes remaining. Given that his defense couldn't slow the Bears -- aside from self-inflicted Chicago errors -- it was a mistake not to go for the knockout punch.
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