Here is how the Titans and Bears stack up in a few key statistical categories:
The Bears aren’t bad on defense. You can see their worst ranking is in points allowed. That has a lot to do with their offense putting them in some bad spots and giving the other team a short field. It will be interesting to see how the defense changes with Jerrell Freeman out of the lineup.
The Bears offense has been bad with anyone other than Brian Hoyer under center. Hoyer is on IR, so the Titans won’t have to worry about facing him. They should be able to get after Matt Barkley and force him into some bad decisions. They were able to pressure Andrew Luck last week, but he still carved them up. The good news here is, to put it nicely, Matt Barkley is no Andrew Luck.
This is a game the Titans absolutely must win to keep playoff hopes alive.