Chicago Bears vs Tennessee Titans Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/28/2021

by James Q

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

Key Injuries:

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

Statistical Leaders:


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?

Recent Form:

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.  

Statistical Comparison:

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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James Q

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James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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