Sunday, November 8, 2020, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee, 1 p.m. ET
Bears at Titans Betting Preview: Bears (-6/-110), Titans (-6/-110)
When coach Matt Nagy was brought in from Kansas City prior to the 2018 season, the mandate was simple. He was to beef up an offense that has been found wanting for most of the last 30 years.
Well, 2 1/2 years into the Nagy regime, the offense is still the issue. Chicago’s defense is a Top 10 unit this year, and it was the reason the team got off to a 5-1 start. But any time the Bears allow more than 21 points, it’s trouble because the offense is simply too limited.
Last week was actually a decent performance — 23 points, 272 yards in the air from Nick Foles, 89 more on the ground from David Montgomery — and it wasn’t enough to beat New Orleans. The Bears might need more to give their defense a bit of wiggle room against one of the league’s best offenses.
These guys are a 180-degree pivot from Chicago. Tennessee’s offense can light up any scoreboard against any defense, but its defense is getting leakier by the week. Giving up 31 points to the Bengals last week further emphasized the present issue.
The Titans won playoff games last year in New England and Baltimore because their defense stood tall, making big plays and stifling two great quarterbacks. This defense, with the exception of wins over Denver and Buffalo, has rode the coattails of the offense.
And that made last week a notable failure for the offense.
Although it racked up nearly 450 total yards, they bogged down in key spots and didn’t finish drives until the Bengals led by three scores in the fourth quarter. A better defensive performance might have permitted the offense some margin for error.
Bears at Titans Betting Pick for Week 9
The sexy matchup is going to be a top five offense (Titans) against a top 10 defense (Bears). The matchup that could decide the game will be a bottom five offense (Bears) against a defense that has allowed at least 30 points in four of seven games (Titans).
With the Bears being challenged by multiple injuries in the offensive line, Tennessee might be able to get its act together defensively. It also has the league’s best running back, Derrick Henry, who will make the difference in what should be a close game.
Bears at Titans Betting Pick:
Titans 23, Bears 17
Bears at Titans Best Bet for Week 9
Different trends are lining up across from each other Sunday. Bears’ games have gone under the over-under in five of the last seven weeks, while Titans games are surpassed the over in five of the last six.
Given Chicago’s inconsistency on offense and its ability on defense, it might be worth a wager on the under. In fact, we’ll go a step further and suggest betting the under in the first half.
Bears at Titans Best Bet: UNDER 22.5 total points in the first half (-209)