CHICAGO — Nervous all week, Tyson Baigent didn’t need much time to get comfortable. The butterflies disappeared after about the first click.
With that out of the way, the rookie looked like a quarterback who has been here and done this before.
Baigent led three touchdown drives in his first start with Justin Fields on the sidelines, D’Onta Foreman ran for two scores and caught a TD pass and the Chicago Bears beat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-12 on Sunday.
“Where I come from, I have a bunch of friends, a bunch of family who understand how big it is in a life,” said Badgent, who grew up in Martinsburg, W.Va., and went undrafted out of Division II Shepherd University in his home state. “Not many people can say they started in an NFL game, let alone won an NFL game. I definitely had a lot of those conversations today. I think the staff understood that as well as the players. That’s why everyone rallied behind me, and so did they.”
The Bears (2-5) won for the second time in three games after losing 14 straight. They came out on top in a back-to-back battle after both teams’ starters were injured the previous week. Fields sprained his right thumb in a loss at Minnesota, while Las Vegas’ Jimmy Garoppolo left the win over New England with a back problem.
Brian Hoyer threw for 129 yards and two interceptions, and the Raiders (3-4) were blown out after winning two games.
“We didn’t do anything well enough to deserve the win,” coach Josh McDaniels said.
The Bears simplified the game plan and relied on short throws and passes with a rookie behind center.
Baigent – who made his debut last week after Fields was knocked out of that game early in the second half – had family and friends at the game. He had a solid performance for them, completing 21 of 29 passes for 162 yards and a TD, helping Chicago snap a 10-game losing streak at home.
“I think he’s been himself, nothing different and nothing different than what we’ve seen in the preseason so far,” Foreman said. “I think we all expected him to be the type of guy to come out and do what he did today. So no surprise.”
Foreman rushed for 89 yards on 16 attempts and his first two touchdowns since signing with Chicago in March. He went from 2 in the first quarter and 3 early in the second as the Bears grabbed a 14-0 lead, then caught a 5-yard TD in the third to make it 21-3.
DJ Moore caught eight passes for 54 yards.
Cairo Santos kicked a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Tremaine Edmonds had an interception that led to a Foreman touchdown and Jaylen Johnson picked off two passes late in the game. He returned one to Hoyer 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-6 and then intercepted Chicago-area product Aidan O’Connell.
The offensive line held up for the most part against star tight end Max Crosby, who had one sack. The defense took the ball away three times while limiting Las Vegas to 235 yards, and the Bears secured their first win at Soldier Field since Week 3 last season against Houston.
Hoyer completed 17 of 32 passes and posted a 37.1 passer rating after McDaniels opted to go with a 15-year veteran over a rookie. O’Connell was 10 of 13 for 75 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Davante Adams, normally a thorn in the side of the Bears, caught seven passes for 57 yards. The three-time All-Pro entered with 81 catches for 1,024 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games against Chicago.
Josh Jacobs rushed for just 35 yards on 11 attempts.
“Not to discredit anything they did, because I feel like they played a pretty solid game, but it definitely had nothing to do with the crazy things they did,” Adams said. “More of us are hurting ourselves.”
Coach Matt Eberflus said Fields remains the No. 1 quarterback. But it is not clear when he will return. Eberfluss said Fields is scheduled to see doctors Monday.
Raiders: LB Divine Deablo (ankle) was hurt defending a quarterback sneak early in the second quarter.
Bears: S Jaquan Brisker was rocked on a pick play, defending a 2-point conversion attempt late in the game. Eberfluss said he did not know what the injury was. “I know he was hit right here,” he said, pointing to his right shoulder. “I don’t know where he is right now. … I will know more tomorrow.”
Raiders: Visit the Detroit Lions on Oct. 30.
Bears: Visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 29.
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