Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans Preview
Where: Nissan Stadium — Nashville, Tennessee
When: Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Chicago Bears
The Bears split their first two preseason games. After opening with a defeat from the Denver Broncos, 24-17, they beat the Arizona Cardinals on the road, 24-23. The win wasn’t as close the score suggests, as Chicago’s defense proved to be destructive.
The blitzes they gave for the opposing quarterback was there (eight hits and two sacks), but the pass defense is where it’s at against the Cards. They caused 20 incomplete passes, half of which was courtesy of deflections and tight coverages, so the unit, all in all, definitely deserves a nice check despite only tallying two sacks per game.
Over on the offensive side, the QBs are both commendable. Veteran Mike Glennon redeemed himself from a 2-for-8, one interception performance in Week 1 with a 13-for-18, 89-yard, one touchdown line in Week 2, while rookie Mitchell Trubisky is now a combined 24-for-33 for 226 yards with a pair of TDs in two outings.
Head coach John Fox is a defensive-minded, old-school kind of guy, so he might lean on Glennon as the starter no matter what. However, with the way Trubisky is gaining confidence (and shutting up critics), we shouldn’t be surprised if he gets the nod.
Betting on the Tennessee Titans
The Titans woke up from their boring, low-scoring effort in Week 1 (won 7-3 against the New York Jets) by pounding on the Carolina Panthers this past Saturday, 34-27. It was the second-highest output of any team in the entire preseason.
Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, and Alex Tanney collectively threw the ball for 226 yards, with Mariota also tossing a TD. The good showing from the men under center can be credited to the firmer protection from the offensive line, as they only allowed one sack for the entire game – a clear improvement from the 11 hits and eight sacks they gave up in the week prior.
Hopefully, though, the O-line could shield the QBs and the running backs well at the same time, because after raising their play opposite the pass rush, their good run blocking seemingly got sacrificed – after letting the RBs run wild for 6.5 yards per carry in Week 1, they only guided them to 3.4 in Week 2.
As for the defensive unit, it should aim to improve on all areas, as they have yet to shine on rushing the passer, defending the pass, or stopping the run. They are allowing 333.5 total yards per game (222 passing and 111.5 rushing).
The Titans (-3) win a competitive game, 21-16.
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