The Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans have each lost their last two games after getting off to good starts. One of those streaks will come to an end when the teams meet in Nashville on Sunday.
The 5-3 Bears are second in the NFC North, trailing the Green Bay Packers by half a game. The Titans are tied for the AFC South lead with Indianapolis with a record of 5-2.
This game will feature a big difference in styles, with the Titans fifth in the league in total offense. The Bears’ offense ranks 29th in total yards, but its defense is ranked 12th. Tennessee is 25th in the league in yards allowed, so something will have to give.
The Titans are 5.5-point favorites over the Bears at top online sportsbooks, who average 20.1 points a game, 28th in the league. Tennessee is scoring almost 30 points per game, but it is also giving up over 26. The 46.5 over/under is an indicator that the oddsmakers believe the game will be at the Bears’ pace.
On the season, anyone betting football knows that the Bears are 5-3 against the spread, while the Titans are a dismal 2-5. Tennessee is 5-1-1 on the over, while Chicago is 3-5. Once again, only one of those trends will be continued on Sunday.
During their 5-1 start, the Bears seemingly found a way to win regardless of losing the statistical battles. In their last two games, they weren’t able to overcome getting outgained by 80 yards a game. The Rams and Saints both made Chicago pay for a lack of offensive firepower.
The problem the Titans faced in the last two games was falling too far behind to mount a comeback. Both the Steelers and the Bengals jumped on the Titans early and were able to hold on for the win.
The key to Sunday’s game will be which team will be able to exert its will on the other. Both the Titans and the Bears have been dictated to in the last two weeks. Only one of them will be able to accomplish that feat in this game.
The Bears’ run defense is a middling 16th in the NFL, and will have an effect on our free pick. But the Titans’ rushing offense is fourth in the league. If Tennessee gets its running game going, the Bears will find themselves as they did against the Rams. Los Angeles ran for 160 yards against Chicago on its way to a 24-10 victory.
Unlike the Bengals and Steelers, the Bears haven’t demonstrated the offensive explosiveness to jump out to a big lead. They also don’t have a dominating defense that will be able to stymie the Titans’ running game.
Tennessee was shut down by Pittsburgh and still almost pulled out a victory against a very good team. Both the Bears and the Titans have been somewhat figured out by their opponents. The question is, which of these teams will do the best at figuring out the other one?
Despite the consecutive losses, Tennessee is a better team than the Bears and should be able to prevail. This is a good spot to take advantage of your sportsbetting bonuses. The Bears have been able to keep games close, so the Titans will have a tough time covering.
It looks like taking the Bears to cover and putting money on the over is the way to go.