4. Who’s Going to Play Quarterback?
While Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is expected to play, despite a lower leg injury that forced into the X-Ray room, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky isn’t as certain. The third-year quarterback dislocated his shoulder Sunday on the team’s first drive and is doubtful to play Sunday. Carr, on the other, hand should be there under center. If neither play, you’re looking at a pair of veteran backups set to do battle.
If Carr can’t go, the Raiders will turn to former Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, who lost his job to Trubisky under John Fox’s regime. Glennon has an 84 career quarterback rating, and is 6-16 in his career as a starter. Bears backup Chase Daniel is 2-2 in his career as a starter, including a 1-1 record last year when Trubisky missed time with a different shoulder injury.
In other words, the Raiders need Carr to be healthy if they’re going to hold off the Bears defense, which scores plenty on its own, even when its offense struggles. London fans would prefer Carr vs Trubisky, but it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. This is definitely storyline to monitor as the week progresses.