#TitanTalk Week 12: Titans @ Bears

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The Tennessee Titans (5-6) are back under 0.500 and have a chance to get back their with a road game against an injury-riddled Chicago Bears (2-8) team. Our predictors go at it with their predictions:

Stoney Keeley, @StoneyKeeley (7-4):

Welp….the Titans needed that one last week, but the specter that is the Indianapolis Colts just won’t be vanquished. Now, the Titans are in a spot where they’re counting on help to get into the playoffs. Don’t lose sight of the fact that we’re actually entertaining the idea of the playoffs in November! With only five games left, and the team looking up at Houston and Indianapolis, another loss could spell the end of the 2016 Titans. Considering the team’s tendency to lose, then bounce back in a big way, the Bears should be shaking in their cleats. Jordan Howard is the type of player that can gash the Titans – and effective runner and outright scary pass-catcher coming out of the backfield. This game will be close, but the Titans pull it off in the 4th quarter with their backs against the wall. Tennessee Titans – 31, Chicago Bears – 27

Lucas Davis, @LDsportswriter (4-7):

Though the playoffs are a long shot, if the Tennessee Titans have any aspirations to play in the postseason, it starts with beating the banged-up Chicago Bears. While the Bears have a solid defense, the lack of offensive production, especially with quarterback Jay Cutler unlikely to play, is an area which the Titans must take advantage of. Tennessee is going to need a fast start and build a lead in order to use the rushing attack, led by DeMarco Murray, in a way so it wears down Chicago’s defense by the end of the contest. Tennessee Titans – 24, Chicago Bears – 17

Kenneth Goit, @KennethGoit (4-7):

If the Bears were 100% healthy, or even 50%, this would be a different game. Something that should not be dismissed and could be a problem for the Titans is that the Bears are tied for 10th in the league in sacks with 24, which is nearly two and a half sacks per game on average. The Titans have only played two other teams that are getting to the quarterback that well: the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. While the Titans did beat Green Bay, Minnesota’s pass rush did present a problem in the Titans’ season opening loss. They also have allowed the 10th fewest yards per game. While they allow some of the most points per game, with a defense that allows few yards, the Titans will have to force good field position to get quarterback Marcus Mariota in his comfort zone (aka the Red Zone). I foresee this becoming a problem for the Titans, but they will be able to overcome it due to the fact that Matt Barkley will be Chicago’s starting quarterback with a group of receivers that cannot help him too much. Tennessee Titans – 23, Chicago Bears – 13

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