(Sports Network) - Fans at Soldier Field will finally get a first-hand look at the progress of Mike Martz's offensive attack on Saturday night, when the Chicago Bears play host to the Oakland Raiders in the second preseason contest for each team.
Few offensive coordinators around the league are under as much scrutiny this preseason as Martz, the former St. Louis Rams head coach and longtime passing game guru who is trying to breathe life into a stagnant and mistake-prone Bears offense.
The scheme played to mixed reviews in last week's 25-10 loss at the San Diego Chargers, though Jay Cutler and the first-team offense garnered only limited minutes in that one.
Cutler completed both of his pass attempts for 47 yards in the loss, with both catches made by wideout Johnny Knox. The first-teamers are expected to play more extensively against the Raiders.
Also among the highlights for Bears fans will be a chance to watch running back Chester Taylor in a Chicago uniform for the first time. The ex-Viking and Raven carried six times for 10 yards in the Chargers loss, and caught a 14- yard pass out of the backfield.
Among the injury question marks for the Bears are wide receiver Earl Bennett (hamstring) and safeties Major Wright (finger), Craig Steltz (ankle) and Josh Bullocks (quadriceps).
The Raiders, meanwhile, will be attempting to improve on a 17-9 win at the Dallas Cowboys last week. Oakland scored all 17 of its points against deep reserves in the fourth quarter.
In his first work as an Oakland QB, Jason Campbell was 7-of-13 for 49 yards in Dallas.
On the injury front for the Raiders, running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) will miss his second straight game and wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) is a major question mark for the contest.
The preseason series between the Raiders and Bears is knotted, 4-4, with the Silver and Black evening the series by virtue of a 13-10 victory at the L.A. Coliseum prior to the 1991 season.
The franchises last met in meaningful play in 2007, a 17-6 Chicago victory in Oakland.