Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans look to recover from a sub-par season while the Chicago Bears look to erase the memories of their last game as they meet for a week three preseason NFL game. The Titans are -3.5 point favorites over the Bears with an over/under point total set at 37.
The Tennessee Titans begin their overhaul this season and while they have plenty of talent and new head Coach Mike Munchak has been part of the organization for many years there are still plenty of changes. Matt Hasselbeck moves in at QB to groom first round draft pick Jake Locker . At running back Chris Johnson is still holding out and his status for the season is still up in the air Jevon Ringer is ready to step in and Jamie Harper has looked impressive in the preseason as well as Stafon Johnson being recovered from last year’s injury. Wide Receiver Kenny Britt has a meeting with the commissioner on tap but he figures to play a big role this season as does Nate Washington and Justin Gage. The Titans acquired Barrett Ruud to sure up the middle of the defense with Shaun Smith and Karl Krug in the middle of the DL. The secondary should be solid for Tennessee as Cortland Finnegan looks to return to form amd Michael Griffin is only getting better. Like most teams the starters should go further in this one but with a veteran QB like Hasselbeck we know what they have and with plenty left in the tank, the Titans may have more than many believe.
Some NFL Head Coaches take the stance that preseason games are meaningless and others treat them as if they are real games, regardless of the stance Lovie Smith takes he is very happy last weeks’ route at the hands of the Giants didn’t count in the record book. The Bears were outplayed on both sides of the ball and while the score didn’t get ugly until the end, there weren’t a lot of highlights for Chicago. Jay Cutler will look to avoid getting sacked and throwing bad passes as Mike Martz’s offense requires precision so the Bears can only hope that the weeks leading to regular season will provide the time for it to come together. Chicago picked up Roy Williams from Dallas to work with Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, Devin Hester and Sam Hurd in hopes of ugraded the receiver spot. Matt Forte can run well in small open spaces while Marion Barber will provide a change of pace. The Bears will always revolve around their defense and with some of the best players in the game in Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers, and Lance Briggs, the will continue to lead on the D. Corner Charles Tillman is one of the longest tenured Bears and defensive end Israel Idonije is primed for another big year. The Bears identity is simple, play defense and have the offense put up just enough points to win. If we see what we saw on Monday Night from Chicago I’m not sure how often winning will happen.
I think the Titans probably get the win here but I don’t think they cover the number so taking the points with the Bears is the play.
Chicago Bears +3.5 Tennessee Titans