The Chicago Bears are off to their worst start in 12 years, and they’re hoping to avoid beginning 2015 with a four-game losing streak. On Sunday, they host the Oakland Raiders, who are looking to have one of their best starts in recent seasons.
After winning two of their first three games, the Raiders are favored on the road for the first time in three years. The Bears have been the underdog in every game, and they rank worst in the NFL, having been outscored by 59 points this season.
A look ahead at the schedule during training camp showed a matchup between the top two rookie wide receivers. While Oakland’s Amari Cooper is averaging nearly 100 yards per game and looks to be a star in the making, Chicago’s Kevin White has missed every game with an injury.
Chicago is dealing with injuries to a few of their most important players, ahead of Week 4.
Jimmy Clausen started at quarterback for the Bears in Week 3, and there’s a good chance he’ll be under center on Sunday. Jay Cutler is listed as questionable after being a limited participant in practice during the week. He didn’t aggravate his injured hamstring, and head coach John Fox will make a decision after a final walkthrough.
Whoever starts at quarterback won’t have Chicago’s best receiver at their disposal. Alshon Jeffery has been ruled out for a third straight game with a hamstring injury. Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod is out with both a shoulder injury and a concussion.
Khalil Mack leads the Raiders with two sacks, and an injury shouldn’t keep him sidelined in Week 4. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday with a hip injury, but he’s listed as probable for Sunday’s game. The linebacker hasn’t missed a game this season, despite being banged up.
Veteran Charles Woodson has also dealt with an injury this year, failing to miss a game. He’s in a similar situation as Mack, being limited in practice with his shoulder injury. He’s questionable for Sunday’s contest, but there’s a good chance he’ll be out on the field.
The game will start at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS, and fans who purchase NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV can watch the game with a live stream online. It’s the second straight week that Oakland is playing in the first slate of Sunday afternoon games.