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Preseason Week 3 Pre-Gamin’: Bears at Titans – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

The moment of (preseason) truth has arrived.

Finally, the Mike Glennon-Mitch Trubisky showdown is nearly ready to get underway in Nashville as the Chicago Bears travel to take on the Tennessee Titans in a nationally televised game on FOX. This game really would have had an intriguing twist had Jay Cutler not returned to football and instead stayed in the booth for his first game as a commentator. I have a feeling both sides are happy with the decision that was made.


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As for what’s going on at field level, the Bears are coming off their first preseason win – a nail-biter (by preseason standards) against the Arizona Cardinals in which Chicago came away with a one-point victory. Glennon and Trubisky each threw touchdown passes, but Glennon also threw his second interception in as many games. Things looked better for the expected starter, though it would’ve been difficult to look worse than he did against the Denver Broncos in the preseason opener. Trubisky didn’t shine the way he did against the Broncos, but still completed 6 of 8 passes and engineered a touchdown-scoring drive. And because of his efforts, Trubisky will finally see some first-team snaps this afternoon.

The Tennessee Titans line up on the other side of the field, and they should provide quite the competition for the Bears. Marcus Mariota took significant positive strides in his second year in the pros, helping lead the Titans to a 9-7 record. Tennessee narrowly missed the playoffs last year, but looks to rebound behind the strength of a smashmouth running game led by a former NFL rushing champion (DeMarco Murray) and Heisman Trophy winner (Derrick Henry), an evolving passing attack, and a front seven with potential.

 

All things considered, this team is a perfect matchup for the Bears to see where they really are at this point of the preseason.


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Let’s get it on!

Game Info

Tennessee Titans (2016: 9-7, 2nd AFC South) at Chicago Bears (2016: 3-13, 4th NFC North) – Noon CT on FOX TV (Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Zach Zaidman)

Odds: Titans (-3.5), Over/Under 43 via Covers.com

Game Thread

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can keep the good times rolling throughout the preseason and into the regular season.

Coaches

John Fox (128-112 overall, 9-23 with Bears) vs. Mike Mularkey (27-46, 11-14 with Titans)

Projected Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mike Glennon: 4,100 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 59.4 completion percentage, 84.6 rating (21 career games)

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Titans: Marcus Mariota: 3,426 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 61.2 completion percentage 95.6 rating (15 games in 2016)

Bears First-String

  • RB Jordan Howard
  • FB Michael Burton
  • WR Cameron Meredith, Kevin White
  • TE Dion Sims
  • OL Charles Leno Jr. (LT), Kyle Long (LG) (out), Cody Whitehair (C), Josh Sitton (RG), Bobby Massie (RT)
  • DE Akiem Hicks, Mitch Unrein (out)
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • OLB Willie Young, Leonard Floyd
  • ILB Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan (traveled with the team and might play)
  • CB Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper
  • S Quintin Demps, Adrian Amos
  • ST Connor Barth (PK), Pat O’Donnell (P), Patrick Scales (LS), Deonte Thompson (KR), Bryce Callahan (out) (PR)

Bears Second-String

  • QB Mark Sanchez
  • RB Jeremy Langford
  • FB Freddie Stevenson*
  • WR Victor Cruz, Markus Wheaton (out, pinky surgery)
  • TE Zach Miller
  • OL Bradley Sowell (LT), Cyril Richardson (LG), Hroniss Grasu (C), Will Poehls (RG), Tom Compton (RT)
  • DE Jaye Howard, Jonathan Bullard (out)
  • NT John Jenkins
  • OLB Pernell McPhee (out, PUP list), Sam Acho
  • ILB John Timu, Nick Kwiatkoski
  • CB Bryce Callahan (out), Kyle Fuller
  • S Harold Jones-Quartey, Chris Prosinski
  • ST Roberto Aguayo (PK), Benny Cunningham (KR), Cre’von LeBlanc (PR)

Bears Third-String

  • QB Mitch Trubisky*
  • RB Tarik Cohen*
  • WR Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy (out)
  • Dieugot Joseph* (LT), Jordan Morgan (LG), Taylor Boggs (C), Mitchell Kirsch* (RG), Brandon Greene* (RT)
  • TE Adam Shaheen*
  • DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, C.J. Wilson
  • NT Rashaad Coward*
  • OLB Lamarr Houston, Dan Skuta
  • ILB Christian Jones, Jonathan Anderson (out)
  • CB Cre’von LeBlanc, B.W. Webb
  • S Deon Bush, Deiondre’ Hall DeAndre Houston-Carson (out, but quietly moved up the depth chart after earning the best grade given to a Bears player by PFF)

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  • ST Eddie Jackson* (PR)

Titans First-String

  • RB DeMarco Murray
  • FB Jalston Fowler
  • WR Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis
  • TE Delanie Walker
  • OL Taylor Lewan (LT), Quinton Spain (LG), Ben Jones (C), Josh Kline (RG), Jack Conklin (RT)
  • DE DaQuan Jones
  • NT Sylvester Williams
  • DT Jurrell Casey
  • OLB Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan
  • ILB Wesley Woodyard, Avery Williamson
  • CB LeShaun Sims, Logan Ryan
  • FS Kevin Byard, SS Johnathan Cyprien
  • ST Ryan Succop (PK), Brett Kern (P), Beau Brinkley (LS), Eric Weems (KR, PR)

*Bears Rookie


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.