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Oakland Raiders vs. Chicago Bears Preview and Prediction

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The Raiders head into Solider Field Sunday trailing the all-time series between the two teams 7-6. The Bears won their last meeting in Oakland 25-20 back in 2011.

The setting for this game is much different than their last meeting. The Raiders come into the Week 4 matchup fresh off a dominating road win against the Cleveland Browns, although the 27-20 score wouldn't show that. Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders led 20-3 at halftime.

Running back Latavius Murray had his first 100-yard effort of 2015, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. 

Oakland at Chicago

Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (Sunday)
TV Channel: CBS
Spread: Raiders -3

Three Things to Watch

1. Raiders QB Derek Carr

Carr heads into Soldier field fresh off his first career road victory in which he torched a highly talented Browns secondary. Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper reeled in eight catches for 134 yards against Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden.

Carr was efficient and accurate when the Raiders were in four- and five-receiver sets. Expect the Raiders to spread out the Bears’ inexperienced secondary in an attempt to move the chains early.

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2. Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

There was an article published back when Clausen was the country's top recruit that he was the LeBron James of football… no, seriously, someone actually published that.

Clausen was the helm of the Bears’ 26-0 road defeat against the Seattle Seahawks where Chicago punted on all 10 offensive possessions. If Clausen expects to maintain any chance of employment down the road in the NFL, he's going to need to start making plays. He'll again be without leading wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, but still has viable options in tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forté.

3. Raiders RB Latavius Murray

Murray is coming off his first 100-yard game of the season, and is finally starting to look like the tailback that took over in dominating fashion for the injured Darren McFadden late in 2014

Murray has home-run capabilities every time he touches the ball, and with the Bears’ run defense yet again ranking at the bottom of the league, expect Murray to shoulder a heavy rushing workload on Sunday. 

Final Analysis

The Bears are a bad, make that very bad, football team, but are the Raiders still the same ol' Raiders? Sunday will be a good indication for two teams seemingly headed in two very different directions. 

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Prediction: Raiders 34, Bears 14

— Written by Chris Dougherty, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Dougherty also serves as a National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports.com and has written for other sites, including FanSided.com and Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @warontheweekend.