OAKLAND -- Sometimes the truth is best served with a sarcastic twist.
So perhaps injured cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha answered for several defensive players as he sat and overheard defensive backs Chris Carr and Stuart Schweigert answer questions following the Raiders' fifth loss in a row.
"You've got to score points to win," Asomugha said. "Tell them you've got to score, Stu."
So while there was a lot of attention focused on Carr, who was beaten for the game-winning touchdown with 3:11 left in the game, the sputtering offense bears a lot of blame.
Oakland lost to the Chicago Bears 17-6 Sunday at McAfee Coliseum. The Raiders took a 6-3 lead on a 52-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with 4:04 left in the game but didn't lead for long.
The defense, which kept the team in the game for nearly 57 minutes, cracked when a subtle move by Bears receiver Bernard Berrian gave him just enough rough to shake Carr's coverage for a 59-yard touchdown and 10-6 lead.
"He got a step on me and once he had that step I sort of stumbled," Carr said. "He got me." The Raiders' defense would have to be perfect to get the team a win when coupled with an offense that has only four touchdowns in five games since scoring a season-high 35 points at winless Miami.
"It's frustrating because it shouldn't have to come down to that," linebacker Kirk Morrison said. "We played well all game long and one play shouldn't hurt us."
The Raiders (2-7) produced a season-low 193 yards, allowed four sacks and the passing game continued to flop. Josh McCown was 14 of 27 for 108 yards with an interception on a Hail Mary as time expired. He fumbled when sacked by Adewale Ogunleye to set up the Bears' final score.
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin was noncommittal as to whether McCown still gives the Raiders the best chance to win.
"We didn't win today, so we'll go back again and look at the film and see where we're at," Kiffin said.
But Daunte Culpepper, JaMarcus Russell, Joe Montana or Johnny Unitas couldn't do much in the Raiders' offense.
The Bears didn't respect the Raiders' receivers or the offensive line's ability to pass block, and most teams don't.
Kiffin noted when the Raiders went to three-receiver sets, the Bears didn't bother to bring in an extra defensive back most of the game.
"Once they were doing that early we tried to spread them out and throw a little bit," Kiffin said. "Didn't have much success doing that, throwing with those matchups there with the rookie corner (Trumaine McBride) and safety (Adam Archuleta or Danieal Manning) on two of our three wides."
McCown's longest play was a 24-yard run on his first play from scrimmage, which was designed for him to fake to Justin Fargas and take off to the left. His longest completion was 14 yards to Jerry Porter.
McCown was outdone in the second half by his counterpart, the maligned Rex Grossman, and left the Raiders' locker room with a sore thigh after being hit in the fourth quarter.
He also bemoaned the passing game's lack of timing nine games into the season.
"Some of those things today were just two or three inches here or there," McCown said.