Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans – NFL Week 9, 2020
The Chicago Bears bounced back from a home loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a couple of wins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers but lost the next two games to the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints. The latter one was particularly painful as it came in overtime at home. Chicago now dropped to a 5-3 record, but can still fight for the top of the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers.
The Tennessee Titans opened the new NFL season with five wins in a row but then lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. That loss to the Bengals on the road was quite surprising, and the Titans are now hoping to return to the winning ways against Chicago at home. They dropped to a 5-2 record and are tied with the Indianapolis Colts at the top of the AFC South. Have a look at my Bears vs. Titans betting prediction.
Odds for Bears vs. Titans
Bears Fell Short to the Saints in Overtime
The Chicago Bears gave everything they have to avoid the second defeat in a row, but Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints got a tight 26-23 overtime win at Soldier Field. Although on the brink of regular time loss, the Bears managed to force overtime thanks to Cairo Santos’ field goal with just 15 seconds to go. Still, they fell short in OT as Will Lutz was accurate from 35 yards to hand the visitors a precious victory.
Nick Foles completed 28 of 41 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Allen Robinson II (87 yards on six catches) and Darnell Mooney (69 yards on five receptions) were on the receiving end of those TD passes, while Anthony Miller added 73 yards on eight receptions. David Montgomery led all the runners with 89 yards on 21 carries, but curiously, there were no rushing touchdowns in this game at all. Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan continued to impress on defense as they combined for 20 tackles.
The Bears are the 28th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 20.1 points per game, 22nd in passing yards (225.0), 31st in rushing yards (85.6), while they have the 8th defense that allows 20.8 points per contest.
Titans Disappointed in Cincinnati
The Tennessee Titans displayed one of the weakest offensive performances of the season in a 31-20 road loss to the struggling Cincinnati Bengals. They scored only seven points in the opening three quarters, and although they responded with 13 points in the final 15 minutes, it was too late to avoid a defeat. Tennessee did have 441 total yards opposite Cincy’s 367, but the hosts kept the ball for ten minutes more and didn’t allow Ryan Tannehill to produce his magic.
Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 30 passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while he also added 20 rushing yards on two attempts. Derrick Henry was his usual self with 112 yards and a TD on 18 carries, while Corey Davis dominated through the air with 128 yards and a score on eight receptions, which was his best display of the campaign. Linebacker Jayon Brown was strong on defense with 12 tackles (seven solos), the best performance of his career.
The Titans are the 6th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 29.7 points per game, 18th in passing yards (251.4), 4th in rushing yards (155.6), while they have the 18th defense that allows 26.3 points per contest.
My Bears vs. Titans Pick
The Bears are not an easy team to beat this season, but Tennessee is desperate to improve and put that horrendous display in Cincy behind, and I am backing them to do it here with a victory. Chicago has a top 10 defense, but Ryan Tannehill’s creativity, play-actions, and various offensive weapons will be too much for the visitors to handle. I don’t expect the Titans to destroy the Bears and score a bunch of points, but I am backing them to beat them by at least a touchdown.
Tennessee Titans -6-110