Raiders drop 30-12 decision to Bears, rookie quarterback

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Undrafted rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent threw for 162 yards and one TD to lead the Bears to a 30-12 win over the Raiders

In his second stint as a head coach, Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels has now lost to the Colts and Jeff Saturday in his coaching debut, quarterback Baker Mayfield who studied the Rams’ playbook on a flight to Los Angeles, and undrafted D-II quarterback Tyson Bagent in his debut as a starter for Chicago.

The first two were last season, one of which brought Derek Carr to tears in the post-game press conference after the home loss to Indianapolis.

The third was Sunday, and already has throngs of fans from Raider Nation in tears considering the Bears had lost 10 straight at Soldier Field dating back to a Week 3 victory over Houston last season.

Bagent, who played at Shepherd University in West Virginia, completed 21 of 29 pass attempts, including one touchdown, and threw for 162 yards to lead the Bears (2-5) to a 30-12 win over Las Vegas (3-4).

“In all three phases, we didn’t do anything well enough to deserve to win,” McDaniels said. “Take care of the ball, they did a lot better job than we did in that. Run the ball, control the line of scrimmage, got control of the score, looked better on third down, you name it, that’s what it was. Obviously we have a lot of work to do and a lot of things to improve.”

To say the least, and that could include the coaching department.

After all, the Bears came in having lost 15 of 16 while the Raiders were playing with a glimmer of hope after winning their last two, against the Packers and Patriots.

“I don’t think, it was (that) we weren’t ready to play,” McDaniels said. “I thought our guys had energy and juice. We just lost control at the line of scrimmage and then we got to playing the game backwards. And that’s really not a formula that has suited us.”

Raiders backup Brian Hoyer started for injured Jimmy Garoppolo and finished 17 of 32 for 129 yards with two interceptions by Jaylon Johnson and a quarterback rating of 37.1. Johnson took one of his interceptions back for a touchdown.

Aidan O’Connell entered the game after Hoyer threw his second pick on the Raiders’ previous possession. O’Connell was 10 of 13 for 75 yards and threw one TD and one interception to finish with an 83.8 rating.

“I don’t think everything was all the quarterback’s fault, certainly,” McDaniels said. “I thought there was some missed opportunities that we had. But I thought he hung in there and kept playing.”

There was hope the Raiders would come out of a five-game stretch on at least a 4-1 run with remaining games at Detroit and versus the Giants in Las Vegas.

Instead, an offense that some might say is the best receiver in the game – Davante Adams – and the reigning rushing king – Josh Jacobs – failed to score 20 points for the sixth time in their seven games.

The Raiders scored 21 in last week’s four-point win over the Patriots after the defense turned in a safety at the end of the game.

Adams has been vocal about being more involved to the offense, as he was brought to Las Vegas to bolster the unit considering he’s long been considered one of the league’s top wideouts.

After being targeted seven times in the Raiders’ first two possessions, and catching five passes, Adams was targeted just five times and finished with seven receptions for 57 yards. The former Packer came into the game with 81 receptions for 1,024 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games against Chicago.

“We had a few plays scripted to get him the ball and it was working and you just adjust as the game goes on and try to get him the ball different ways,” Hoyer said. “It’s not really anything other than coming down to lack of execution on certain plays that can keep you out there longer and then you have more opportunities.”

Jacobs, meanwhile, had 11 rushes for 35 yards. After leading the NFL with a career-high 1,653 yards rushing last season, he has just 347 yards rushing this season, averaging 2.9 yards per carry.

After gaining just 235 yards Sunday, the Raiders have been held to less than 300 yards in five of their seven games. They’re now averaging 284.1 yards per game this season.

Last year, under the direction of quarterback Derek Carr for most of the season, the Raiders averaged 352.5 yards per game.

Their third-down conversion rate was atrocious, converting a mere two times on nine opportunities after converting 13 of 29 in the wins over Green Bay and New England.

The Raiders came into the game averaging a league fifth-lowest 16.7 points per game. Now they head to Motown averaging 16.0 points per outing to face an angry Lions defense that was humiliated in Baltimore on Sunday.

“I have to figure out something,” McDaniels said. “We have to figure out something as a staff, as a team, to try to be able to be more productive, more disruptive, more productive on offense, score more points obviously. Right now it isn’t good enough. It needs to get better.”

It’s no wonder tears are flowing in Raider Nation.

That said, those tearful fans who reside in Las Vegas have three positives to look at: UNLV football became bowl-eligible on Saturday, the two-time WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces will celebrate with a parade on Monday, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Golden Knights return to Vegas for a two-game homestand undefeated at 6-0-0