Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans - 8/27/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Bears (3-13) at Tennessee Titans (9-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Nissan Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Titans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Out at LP Field in Nashville on Sunday, the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans will be meeting up in Week 3 NFL preseason activity.
The Bears are coming off an abysmal 3-13 record in 2016 and are looking to make some improvements this year. Head coach John Fox will preside over some new faces, most notably first-round QB draft pick Mitch Trubisky. Other notable roster adds for Chicago this offseason included CB Johnathan Banks, WR Deontae Thompson and WR Josh Bellamy.
The Bears are 1-1 in the preseason so far following a 24-17 loss to the Broncos and a 24-23 win over the Cardinals in their last outing. In that one, Deonte Thompson returned a missed Cardinals field goal 109 yards for a TD, and QB Mike Glennon put up 89 yards, a TD and a pick.
Over on the Titans’ side, they finished 9-7 overall and second in the AFC South. Tennessee missed the playoffs for the eighth straight year, however, and will be looking to take the division in 2017. The Titans lost a few guys in free agency, but also added notable names like SS Johnathan Cyprien, G Tim Lelito, CB Logan Ryan and WR Eric Weems.
So far this preseason, Tennessee is 1-1 as well. The Titans lost a defensive battle to the Jets in the opener, then took care of the Panthers 34-27. In that one, starting QB Marcus Mariota bagged a 4-yard TD pass to Melanie Walker, while Tre McBride had a nice outing on four receptions and 73 yards.
Both teams have a few injury issues to worry about coming into this one. The Bears will be missing RB Ka’Deem Carey for a few weeks and have some questionable names in Sam Acho, DeAndre Houston-Carson and Jonathan Bullard. As for the Titans, WR Tajae Sharpe will likely play, though Demontre Hurst and Nate Palmer are questionable here.
The Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games. The over is 4-1 in the Bears last five games on grass and 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams.
Meanwhile, the Titans are 13-31-3 ATS in the last 47 games on grass and 14-36-3 ATS in their last 53 games overall. Tennessee is also 7-21-2 ATS in their last 30 home games and the over is 7-3-1 in the Titans’ last 11 home games.
This should be a pretty fun game to watch, as we’ll get a heavy dose of starters keying up for the season. All things considered, however, Chicago is still in rebuilding mode this year and they’ll probably need some time to figure out an identity. Tennessee, however, knows exactly who they are and will come out firing. I’ll take the Titans to cover here.