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NFL Update: The Oakland Raiders Dominate 1st Half Against Bears in London

Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders talks with Derek Carr

The Oakland Raiders came into their Thursday matchup against the Chicago Bears in London, England, as 6.5-point underdogs. Chicago is 3-1 so far in 2019 and has allowed only 11.3 points per game, second only to the New England Patriots coming into today.

But after allowing 15 points or less in each of their first four games, the Bears were torched for 17 points in the first half alone against the Raiders. Derek Carr went 12-for-15 with 109 yards in the first half. Josh Jacobs scored a touchdown and racked up 57 rushing yards on 11 carries as the team overall rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

Even more impressively, the Raiders were thoroughly dominant on defense. Coming into this one ranked 20th in total defense and 25th in scoring defense, Oakland’s defensive squad has looked elite against Chicago. The Raiders have held the Bears to just 44 total yards and have an interception, three sacks, three quarterback hits, and four tackles for loss.

If Oakland holds on to its 17-0 halftime lead, it will improve to 3-2 on the season heading into its bye week. Chase Daniel will attempt to lead the Bears to a comeback in the second half.