Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans - 8/28/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Tennessee Titans (2-0) vs Chicago Bears (1-1)
Game Info: Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nissan Stadium)
Betting Odds: Tennessee Titans +3 -- Over/Under: 36 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Bears will travel to Nissan Stadium to take on the Tennessee Titans this Saturday night in NFL Preseason action.
The Chicago Bears dropped to 1-1 on the preseason after being defeated by the Buffalo Bills, 41-15, this past Saturday. Chicago had no answers for their former QB, Mitchell Trubisky, and could not fight back after the Bills took a 28-0 lead with 8:24 left in the 2nd quarter. QB Andy Dalton completed 11 of 17 passes for 146 years, 1 TD, & 1 INT while promising rookie QB, Justin Fields, completed just 9 of 19 passes for 80 yards while also rushing for 46 yards. The top receiving targets for the Bears were Rodney Adams (3 rec, 89 yards, 1 TD), Jesse James (4 rec, 89 yards), & Chris Lacy (3 rec, 26 yards). The Bears didn’t get much out of their backfield as outside of fields, the Bears rushed for just 40 yards on 13 carries and were led by Khalil Herbert (3 car, 15 yards) & Artavis Pierce (4 car, 12 yards).
Defensively, the Bears were outgained by Buffalo by a 347-298 margin and forced two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for Chicago defense was Marqui Christian (8 tackles), Tervis Gipson (5 tackles, 1 sack), & Marco Edwards Jr. (3 tackles, 2 sacks).
The Tennessee Titans improved to 2-0 on the preseason after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-3, this pat Saturday. Tennessee was outstanding defensively against Tampa Bay, outgaining the Buccaneers by a 238-207 margin and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 20-3 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Tennessee got solid play from both their QB’s as Matt Barkley completed 12 of 16 passes for 115 yards & 2 TD, while Logan Woodside completed 7 of 8 passes for 64 yards & 1 TD. The top receiving threats for the Titans were Mason Kinsey (6 rec, 56 yards, 1 TD), Dez Fitzpatrick (2 rec, 30 yards, TD), & Chester Rodgers (2 rec, 22 yards). Leading the way for the Tennessee backfield was the duo of Mekhi Sargent (16 car, 78 yards) & Brian Hill (10 car, 24 yards).
Defensively, Tennessee followed up their strong defensive performance in their NFL preseason opener with an even more domaining performance against Tampa Bay which included forcing 3 turnovers. Leading the way for the Titans defense was Elijah Molden (8 tackles, 1 sack), Monty Rice (5 tackles), & Briean Boddy-Calhoun who had a 42-yard fumble return for a TD.
The Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite. The Titans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
Tennessee has looked great so far this preseason, however, it’s hard to expect much from the Titans in this game as Tennessee has been dealing with Covid-19 throughout the past week and along with their head coach not being available, will most likely rest all their key players. Chicago should have no trouble containing the Tennessee offensive in this one, especially in the run game, and as Justin Fields should be able to do some damage in what will most likely be two quarters of playing time, I think the play here is to take Chicago to cover this small spread. Good Luck!