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Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans Pick & Prediction AUG 28TH 2021

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: NFL
Logo Chicago Bears
VS
Logo Tennessee Titans
35.5
OPENNER
-4

36.5o -110
CURRENT
3 -110

-158
MONEYLINE
+138

27
SCORE
24

The Tennessee Titans will host the Chicago Bears Saturday night in the third week of the preseason. The Titans are a perfect 2-0 while the Bears are 1-1, having been blown out in their last game.

These teams met in Week Nine of last season, when the Titans won 24-17. However, given that this is the preseason, starters will play a limited role in the action on the field.

The Bears are not missing any starters while Tennessee’s pair of star receivers are questionable with injuries. Aside from that, the game should be played as expected, just two weeks before the regular season kicks off.

Bears vs. Titans ML, ATS and Total Odds

TV: NFL Network

MONEY LINE: Bears (-130) vs. Titans (+110)

SPREAD: Bears -2.5 (-110) vs. Titans -2.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 36.5 (-110) vs. Under 36.5 (-110)

Bears vs. Titans Stats, Trends and Preview

The Bears are coming off of an 8-8 season that was second in the NFC North but missed the playoffs. Rookie quarterback, Justin Fields, has been the talk of the town, though Andy Dalton is listed atop the depth chart. The competition is considered to be ongoing, and this game could be the deciding factor.

Chicago has also received a solid impact from rookie running back, Khalil Herbert, who scored in the last game. He is listed fourth in a talented backfield that will help power the team’s offense.

The Bears’ defense is also as solid as ever, with a tremendous linebacking corps leading the way. Of the many stars in the middle of the field, Khalil Mack stands out above the rest. The former Defensive Player of the Year had nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss in his campaign last year.

The Titans, meanwhile, will be sticking with Ryan Tannehill under center. However, the offseason arrival of Julio Jones has raised expectations for the team tremendously. Jones will partner A.J. Brown, who has impressed in his two professional seasons.

MVP candidate, Derrick Henry, will be back in the backfield, having led the NFL in yard and touchdowns last year. Henry broke into the top-10 for single-season rushing yards last season and could be back for more in 2021.

The Titans’ defense is not elite, but it is serviceable. Rookie cornerback, Caleb Farley, could make or break the secondary, though an answer in the middle is most likely.

Bears vs. Titans ATS Pick

Bears 27 - Titans 30

Based on how both teams have been playing, the Titans look the more likely to win Saturday’s matchup. They have gotten better production from their second and third-stringers and are undefeated as a result.

The Bears have nice pieces, and if Fields takes over the game as many hope, they could win. Still, history is on the side of the Titans, who have familiarity and are proven as a unit.

Expect both teams to score a surprising amount for the preseason, with Tennessee ending up on top. Do not be surprised if the starters are extremely limited or absent and the backups go the whole way.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Titans won the last matchup 24-17.

2. Tennessee is outsourcing Chicago 57-35 in the preseason.

3. This will be the first time that the Bears have played on the road in this preseason.

Best Bet: Titans +2.5 (-110)

PREDICTION
Chicago Bears
20
17
Tennessee Titans

Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill threw for two touchdowns Sunday, and the Tennessee Titans' maligned defense played one of its best games of the year in a 24-17 win over the struggling Chicago Bears in Nashville, Tenn.

Tannehill completed just 10 of 21 passes, but for 158 yards with no interceptions. NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry was held to 68 yards on 21 carries for Tennessee, which gained a season-low 228 total yards.

But the Titans' defense came up big against one of the league's weaker offenses. Tennessee held Chicago off the scoreboard through three quarters while posting a season-high three sacks. The Titans entered the game with only seven.

Tennessee (6-2) also limited the Bears to 2 of 15 on third down after entering the day allowing opponents to convert a league-high 61.9 percent, the worst mark for an NFL defense since 1991.

Chicago quarterback Nick Foles connected on 36 of 52 passes for 335 yards, including fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Ryan Nall and Jimmy Graham. But it wasn't enough to keep the Bears from falling to 5-4, 1 1/2 games behind first-place Green Bay in the NFC North.

Stephen Gostkowski initiated scoring for the Titans with a 40-yard field goal at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter. Tennessee increased the lead to 10-0 with 4:39 left in the first half as Tannehill found A.J. Brown for a 40-yard touchdown, dropping a pass over tight coverage from Buster Skrine.

The Titans' defense made it 17-0 with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter. Defensive back Desmond King, acquired Monday from the Los Angeles Chargers, picked up a David Montgomery fumble and zoomed 63 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.

Cairo Santos' 22-yard field goal with 12:30 left in the game got the Bears on the scoreboard, but Tannehill flipped a 2-yard scoring strike to Jonnu Smith at the 8:10 mark.

Tennessee took a one-game lead in the AFC South over Indianapolis, which lost 24-10 to Baltimore. The Colts play the Titans on Thursday night.

--Field Level Media

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