The Chicago Bears (5-3) line up on Sunday at 12:00pm CT to take on the Tennessee Titans (5-2) in Nashville, Tennessee as 5.5-point underdogs. To say the Bears need a win to get the season back may be a bit of an understatement after losing to the Saints in overtime this past Sunday.
The Bears will be playing with an offensive line that’s missing several of its starters. Earlier this week Bobby Massie was put on the IR with a knee injury, and OT Jason Spriggs is out with COVID-19. That means backup to the backup left guard, Alex Bars, will be playing center on Sunday. There are only two regular starters going on the O-line in this game, Charles Leno, Jr., and Germain Ifedi. Let’s hope they eat their Wheaties before this one.
The Titans aren’t particularly scary in any facet of their game, except maybe at running back where the large and imposing Derrick Henry leads their sixth-ranked rushing attack. The Titans passing attack is averaging 251.4 yards per game, compared to the Bears 225 yards per game. So don’t expect a shootout today. Or do because it’s 2020.
Here are my keys to Sunday’s game. If these things happen, the Bears should win.
- Contain Henry to under 100 yards rushing and under 50 yards receiving.
- Nick Foles gets sacked less than three times.
- Limit penalties to fewer than 5 total.
- David Montgomery runs for over 75 yards on 20+ carries.
- Get Cole Kmet and Darnell Mooney involved with 3+ catches and over 50 yards receiving for each.
My prediction: Bears win 17-10
Here are Bears analysts Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer with their preview of the Bears’ upcoming Week 8 matchup.