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Posted By Smiley On Nov 2 2012 @ 5:06 am In Chicago Bears | No Comments
Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans
12:00 ct at LP Field; Nashville, Tennessee
This upcoming Sunday will be somewhat of a homecoming party for a good portion of Bears players. Jay Cutler, Earl Bennett, and D.J. Moore played college football for Vanderbilt University; which is a 10 minute drive from LP field. These guys will be playing just 6.0 miles away from where they had some very successful (individual) seasons. They will hope to continue to play good in the state of Tennessee when they play the Titans on Sunday.
By The Numbers
On paper, this game looks as though it will be a good game for the Chicago Bears to work out the wrinkles in the offense. The Titans are definitely not proud of their 31st ranked defense and the fact that they have allowed the 3rd most first downs to opponents this season and have also allowed 2200+ total passing yards this season (29th). If the Bears come out and play a game with consistent play throughout and few mental errors, it is likely that they will be able to take advantage of the Titans very early. Tennessee is another team that the Bears can run well against and should take advantage of this to start the game.
Some might look for the Bears to rebound from a less than stellar performance against Carolina, but Titans starting quarterback this week, Matt Hasselbeck, knows the Bears defense well and has been able to score points against it. The Titans are 13th in Passing attempts while Hasselbeck has completed 63.8% of his passes. However, Chris Johnson has been running better in recent weeks with 300+ yards rushing combined in the last 3 games. So even though the Titans are 31st in rushing attempts look for them to try to get Johnson going. Sunday will be a good chance for Chris Conte to try to bounce back as well after giving up a 62-yard pass play and taking a personal foul. The Titans wide recievers are all down-field threats and guys like Nate Washington can go up and get the ball.
Beyond the Numbers
The Titans are coming off of a overtime division loss to the Colts and will look to build momentum with this game and the Dolphins on the schedule before a Week 11 Bye Week. Winning against the Bears could help in the long run seeing as the Colts (2nd in the AFC South) lost to the Bears in Week 1. The Bears are also looking to secure momentum as they enter the tougher half of their schedule. With the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers in back to back weeks. If the Bears can win in Tennessee and improve their record to 7-1 they will have a wider margin for error as the season continues through November.
This is a game where the Bears should look to fine tune things, so I do not expect it to be a blowout but I do believe the Bears can put it out of reach early.
Bears: 27 Titans: 17
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