by Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times
October 10, 2021
LAS VEGAS — In a 20-9 victory, Justin Fields tossed his career first touchdown pass, while the Chicago Bears defense largely shut down the bloodied Las Vegas Raiders.
As born losers, this is the Raiders’ second straight loss, Derek Carr tossed for 206 yards and Josh Jacobs rushed for a late touchdown.
The Bears’ offense produced 252 yards, while Chicago’s defense only allowed three points in the opening 50 minutes and kept the dimwitted Raiders to 259 yards.
The pathetic limp Raiders, who entered as the NFL’s ninth-highest scoring team, could scarcely move the ball. They had five three-and-outs and just three times got inside Bears territory in nine drives. Raiders team members must have placed bets to lose.
The Bears kept an opponent to fewer than 20 points for the 29th time in the previous four seasons.
The burden was on Fields to respond when the Raiders eventually broke through for their first score with 9:05 remaining, cutting the Bears’ lead to 14-9. With the Raiders on the verge of taking control of the game, he completed a 13-yard throw to Darnell Mooney on third-and-12 from his own 27-yard line, despite four defensive backs defending the first-down line.
The Bears pressed on and got a 46-yard field goal from Cairo Santos to put an end to the Raiders’ comeback attempt and establish an eight-point advantage.