Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders preview

Dave Gray (@djg23) believes Khalil Mack and the Bears defence will put on a show in London

The 2019 International Series kicks off with the first ever NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Raiders host the Bears in what looks like an interesting match-up, particularly with Khalil Mack going up against his old team for the first time since being traded just over a year ago.

Both teams head to London on the back of wins in week four. Chase Daniels took over from the injured Mitch Trubisky and led the Bears, with the help of a dominant defensive performance, past the Vikings. The Raiders ran out fairly easy winners against the Colts

This game is going to be all about Mack and whether he can (or how many times) get to his friend Derek Carr. The Raiders offensive line has been ok, but the Bears defence is on another level to anybody they have faced so far. If the Raiders, and particularly Trent Brown, can handle Mack and co then they have a chance. If they can’t then this is going to be a long evening in London for Carr and the rest of the offence.

Daniel will be in at quarterback again and there is some debate about whether this is a downgrade. He moved the ball fairly well when he came in last week. With Trubisky’s having a pretty bad start to 2019, Allen Robinson and the rest of the Bears’ receivers could fair better with the back up in.

The Raiders could be without some key men as Clelin Ferrell and Tyrell Williams have both missed practice all week. Both are listed as questionable but look unlikely to play. Darren Waller has had an amazing start to the season and there could be even more passes coming his way if Williams can’t go.

In better news for the Bears, Akiem Hicks returned to practice on Friday.

Ones to Watch

Bears: Khalil Mack – He is one to watch on any normal game, but going up against his old team he will want to prove a point

Raiders: Darren Waller – He is averaging eight catches and over 80 yards per game this season. If the Raiders are going to overcome the fearsome defence then he will play a big part

Score Prediction

Bears 20 Raiders 10

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