The only undefeated team in the NFL takes their 8-0 record on the road this weekend as the Tennessee Titans battle the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bears are 5-3, coming off a close win at home last week vs the winless Detroit Lions. The Titans are coming off a big OT win at home over the Packers 19-16.
The big storyline in this one is if the Bears are going to have the services of QB Kyle Orton, who was hurt with an ankle sprain last week. He has been a big reason the team has had a good season, and the team has won three straight at home, and Orton has been very good at home this season. If Orton can’t go, it’ll be Rex Grossman, who did step in next week and got the win vs the Lions.
For the Titans, it’s all about the run game of LenDale White and Chris Johnson. Kerry Collins is going to need to win a game at some point, and with the Bears run defense, it could be this week that he will have to step up and win this one. They will open up with Johnson and White running, but the team should allow Collins to throw more, and take a look at what Brian Griese did back in week three in the Bears only home loss of the year.
This has all the makings of one of those classic 17-14 or at most, 20-17 games. The Titans and Bears both have very good defenses, and it’s those playmakers that will step up and decide the game. The Titans with Albert Haynesworth, and the Bears with their stars like Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.
Tennessee has played three close games this year, all three winning by three points. This will be another three-point game, but this time for the first time in 2008, the Titans will be on the short end of the stick.