Chicago Bears (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 2-0 O/U) vs. Tennessee Titans (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U)
NFL: Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST
The Line: Tennessee Titans -3. Total: 43.5.
The Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears will suit up for Week 3 of the NFL preseason when they go head-to-head at LP Field in Tennessee on Sunday afternoon. Both teams are 1-1 through two games, with the Titans beating the Jets before falling to Carolina. The Bears lost to Denver before prevailing by one point at Arizona.
So far so good for Trubisky
In each of head coach John Fox’s first two seasons with the Bears, in the third preseason game, he played his offensive starters into the third quarter for one series. That means one more week for Fox to get an extensive look at rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the first team. Trubisky has certainly impressive through the first two unofficial contests of his NFL career. The former North Carolina standout went 18-for-25 for 166 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, while also rushing for 38 yards. He completed six of eight attempts for 60 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in a 24-23 victory over the Cardinals this past Saturday. During the latter contest, the entire offense looked better–including fellow QB Mike Glennon.
“I thought it was a big improvement,” Fox said, comparing game two to the opener. “I thought the whole offense responded, including Mike.”
Increased load for starters
Quarterback Marcus Mariota is expected to play at least the first half along with the rest of the Titans’ starters. Mariota has attempted only 11 passes through the first two games of the preseason, but his workload will increase dramatically against Chicago. The former No. 2 overall pick will be without two of his top pass-catchers in Corey Davis (hamstring injury) and Eric Decker (ankle injury), Rishard Matthews, and Delanie Walker will see the field along with rookies Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith.
Tennessee is coming off a 34-27 shootout win over Carolina in which it led 17-0 and 24-7 only to see the Panthers come back and tie the score at 27-27. The Titans eventually prevailed 34-27 on a David Fluellen three-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining.
The Chicago Bears are:
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Tennessee
- 4-1 Over in their last five games on grass
The Tennessee Titans are:
- 14-36-3 in their last 53 overall
- 7-21-2 ATS in their last 30 home games
- 13-31-3 in their last 47 games on grass
Trubisky has been outstanding for the Bears and Glennon at least showed signs of improvement in his second outing. Tennessee’s defense was way more generous in Week 2 than it was in its 2017 debut, so more success could be on the way for Trubisky. Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last seven overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the two teams. The Titans are 14-36-3 in their last 53 overall, 7-21-2 ATS in their last 30 at home, and 13-31-3 ATS in their last 47 on grass. Don’t be surprised if those trends continue.
Pick: Chicago Bears +3
Like Trubisky, Mariota is also off to a fine start. He completed six of eight attempts for 61 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions against Carolina. The over is 4-1 in Chicago’s last five on grass. It is also 9-4 in the Titans’ last 13 overall, 7-3-1 in their last 11 at home, and 11-4-1 in their last 16 on grass. Additionally, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the two teams. Look for this one to go over the total.