The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ game in London:
There are too many good reasons for the Bears to play well Sunday. Khalil Mack is going against the team that traded him, and he’ll be more bloodthirsty than normal. Chase Daniel wants to prove he’s a lot more than a reliable backup. And, oh, yeah, the Raiders are underwhelming. Season: 2-2.
The Bears are undefeated in London. Of course, they’ve only played there twice. Still, I sense a trend. The big question is the Bears offense with Chase Daniel at the helm better or worse than with the healing Trubisky? Going 4-1 would be special. They didn’t do it last year and still finished 12-4. Season: 3-1.
I’ve never been more impressed by the Bears defense than I was last week, and their degree of difficulty gets easier against the Raiders. I’ve got Mack catching a touchdown on a trick play, the defense pitching a shutout and— blimey! — the Raiders picking up a safety. Season: 2-2.
After playing on Thursday night, Sunday, Monday night and a short-week Sunday already, another awkward week is right in the Bears’ wheelhouse. The Raiders have yet to win two straight under Jon Gruden — losing by 32, 16, 17, 14 and 18 points. Season: 3-1.
It’s fairly amazing the Raiders are 2-2, but those wins came against the Broncos and Colts. They got whomped by the good teams they faced, and the Bears shouldn’t have much trouble here. The defense will have its usual fun — especially Mack against the poor fools who traded him — and the offense will be adequate. It’s been a haphazard journey, but 4-1 going into the bye feels good for the Bears. Season: 3-1.