One of the big keys to the game this week was getting tight end Martellus Bennett involved in the offense. The Raiders had struggled to defend the tight end position in their three prior games, giving up 9 catches for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns to Cincinnati’s Tyler Eifert; 5 catches for 88 yards and 2 scores to Baltimore’s Crockett Gillmore; and 6 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown to Cleveland’s Gary Barnidge.
Surely, the Pro Bowler Bennett could get in on that party, right?
The Bears saw that weakness in the Raiders’ defense and exploited it as Jay Cutler connected with Bennett 11 times for 83 yards and a score in the Bears’ 22-20 victory over the Raiders.
With Alshon Jeffery and rookie Kevin White both out of the lineup, the Bears will continue to rely on Bennett and running back Matt Forte to help out their depleted receiving corps.