Chicago Bears vs Tennessee Titans Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/28/2021
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Where to Watch: NFL Network
Preseason Games Record:
Titans: 2-0 (AFC South)
Bears: 1-1 (NFC North)
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks:
William Hill: Spread: Bears -2; Over/Under: 36.5 runs
Circa Sports: Spread: Bears -1.5; Over/Under 35 runs
BetMGM: Spread: Bears -2; Over/Under 36.5 runs
Bears: Teez Tabor CB Questionable, Austin Calitro LB (hand) Out
Titans: Jeremy Nichols (reserve/covid list) Out, Nick Dzubar (reserve Covid list) Out
Projected Starting Offense:
Andy Dalton QB
David Montgomery RB
Allen Robinson II WR
Darnell Mooney WR
Marquise Goodman WR
Cole Kmet TE
Elijah Wilkinson LT
Cody Whitehair LG
Sam Mustipher C
James Daniels RG
Germain Ifedi RT
Ryan Tannehill QB
Derrick Henry RB
A.J. Brown WR
Julio Jones WR
Josh Reynolds WR
Geoff Swain TE
Taylor Lewan LT
Rodger Saffold III LG
Ben Jones C
Nate Davis RG
Ty Sambrailo RT
Passing Yards: Mitch Trubisky 2,055 (he’s gone)
Rushing Yards: David Montegomery 1,070
Receiving Yards: Allen Robinson 1,250
Tackles: Roquan Smith 139
Passing Yards: Ryan Tannehill 3,819 (he’s the guy Brady was cussing about)
Rushing Yards: Derrick Henry 2,027
Receiving Yards: AJ Brown 1,075
Tackles: Kevin Byard 111
Bears: Matt Nagy is in his fourth season as the Chicago Bears head coach. He is coaching for his job this year. If he doesn’t win he is on the way out. If he doesn’t handle the Andy Dalton and Justin Fields transition properly he is on the way out. If someone better expresses interest in the job he is on the way out. Just like veteran Andy Dalton is place holding for rookie Justin Fields, Matt Nagy is place holding for the 17th head coach in Bears history. Unless the Playoffs come along to save him… A super Bowl is too big a dream this year.
Titans: Mike Vrabel is going into his 3rd season as the Titans head coach… and he just tested positive for Covid-19. (He won’t be on the sideline for this one.) Mike was named the head coach on January 20th 2018… and football lore says he may have chosen Ryan Tannehill over his old Patriots Buddy, The Goat, Tom Brady. I would have done the same but I don’t have to live up to history. His job is safe for a few years after leading the Titans to the AFC Championship game last year. His 20 wins over two seasons is second only to Jack Pardee’s 21 in franchise history. The lingering question he has to answer is: Is he in the right place at the right time or is he the right guy? Also when does he get off the Covid-19 list?
The Bears are 1-1 in NFL preseason matchups so far. They beat the Miami Dolphins and lost to the Buffalo Bills. A lot of teams will lose to the Bills this year… but in the NFC the Bears have to worry about The Tampa Bay Buccaneers first.
The Titans are 2-0 in the NFL preseason so far. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel will miss the third, but so should all the starters. Current preseason standings are not regular season team standings. Ignore them.
In 2020 the Bears had the 26th ranked offense. A touchdown shortage was caused by only netting 331 total yards per game. The defense was ranked #11 in the league. They held the bears together by allowing only 370 points over the whole season. The 8-8 record that allowed them to squeak into the playoffs could have been something special if they had any offense. If only they had a starting quarterback that could deliver.
In 2020 the Titans defense led the league in turnover differential. They were +11, strong in the interception game (15) and above average in fumble recovery (+8). Lots of bettors swear by a team’s turnover ranking when determining the best spread bets. Of course most fumble recoveries often have the look of pure luck. Often the teams at the top of this list change drastically from year to year.
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Titans vs Bears Game Preview:
This 3rd preseason game is a matchup of teams that made the playoffs last year but had different offseasons. The Bears replaced the bad quarterback with a veteran and an electric rookie. The Titans kept the band together for another run.
The Bears will have the advantage in this game because there are still rumblings about when Justin Fields will get Andy Dalton’s job… should it be right away or by game 4? The result may be a longer look at Justin with a starting offensive line in front of him.
The Titans should play no one! Be like the Los Angeles Rams and sit the starters and the back-ups. The coach won’t (or shouldn’t) be there because he tested positive for Covid-19. He’ll need to isolate and watch game coverage from his armchair. Plus we know who has almost all the starting jobs… so don’t be like the Los Angeles Rams and lose a valuable piece right before the start.
The Bears should be the only team playing this one out. The only team trying to prove who’s team it is… and they should have a final score that reflects that.
Titans vs Bears Prediction:
Our MLB Pick for Saturday August 28th game is Bears 24 Titans 10
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