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PFW associate editor Dan Parr makes his prediction for the outcome of Sunday's game between the Bears and Raiders.
Much attention this week has been paid to the Bears' change at quarterback, with Caleb Hanie replacing the injured Jay Cutler, but the Raiders may be more affected by injuries in this game than the Bears.
Oakland will be without its top offensive player, RB Darren McFadden, as well as a dynamic WR-RS in Jacoby Ford, and several other starting players are listed as questionable on the injury report.
The Bears are very capable of leaving the West Coast with a victory Sunday, but only if they win the battles in the trenches. The Raiders have a formidable front seven, and DTs Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour, if the latter is active (he's questionable for the game with a knee injury), have the ability to wreak havoc in Chicago's backfield, reeling in RB Matt Forté and leaving little time for Hanie, in his first career start, to make a decision on what to do with the ball.
Oakland also has one of the top young left offensive tackles in the league in Jared Veldheer, who shut down Jared Allen last week. Look for Chicago to move DE Julius Peppers around the D-line to try to put him in more advantageous matchups. Will anyone else from the Chicago defense step up and provide pressure if Peppers doesn't?
The Bears will put up a good fight under difficult circumstances, but — barring a ridiculous day from Devin Hester on special teams — they won't have enough on offense to pull off a win.
Prediction: Raiders 23, Bears 17
Season record: 9-1