Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?
I always like the Chicago Bears.
Even when they are laden with Covid.
But let’s not bury the lede. It’s Arlington Hambright Week!
Thoughts on the Tennessee Titans
The Titans are a pretty easy team to understand.
First, they are not good defensively. They give up nearly 400 yards and 26.3 points per game. They might have the least impressive pass rush in the sport. They do manage to take the ball away and their +8 turnover margin is a big reason they’re 5-2 and tied atop the AFC South.
But with the Bears starting this collection of misfit toys on the offensive line, will they even be able to exploit obvious deficiencies?
Second, and not surprisingly, their offense is all about Derrick Henry. In the era of running back committees, Henry is averaging 23 carries a game and he’s the most productive back around. If Henry is running well, that opens the play action game for Ryan Tannehill. (Hell, even if he’s not running well, he’s always one carry away from an 70-yard touchdowns.) Two things the Bears should be concerned about:
- The quarterback getting outside the pocket and picking up big chunks of yardage with his legs. He does this 2-3 times a game at pivotal moments. On third downs, I’d consider spying him with Roquan Smith.
- Jonnu Smith. When you put on Titans tape the kid jumps off the screen. After seeing the Bears struggle to contain a 78 year-old Jared Cook a week ago, the younger, more athletic Smith should seriously concern them.
Saluting Nashville: Five Favorite Dolly Tunes
(5) Islands in the Stream
(4) I Will Always Love You
(3) Hard Candy Christmas