Titans TAME THE Bears
The Titans continued an impressive start to the season leaving everything on the field where it really matters in taming “The Bears” 21 - 14. Sure the Titans are 12-0 leading back to last season and own the NFL’s best winning record but more than that the win today gave the Titans their best ever road record at 4-0 to remain unbeaten 9-0 start to the season. The Titans own a four game lead over the closest team (Colts) in their division and now at least for one more week have silenced the skeptics.
The Bears began the afternoon without Kyle Orton (ankle sprain) and handed the offense over to veteran Rex Grossman. Grossman was 20 of 37 for 173 yds, a TD and 1 INT. All-in-all not a bad day but it proved not enough this afternoon as the former super bowl QB fell to 19-12 as a starter.
The surprise today may well be the play of Tennessee’s veteran QB, Kerry Collins. Collins got his first multiple TD game this season, at one point completing 12 in a row and going 30 for 41 for 289 yds and 2 TDs. Collins performance couldn’t have come at a better time. Tennessee came within one yard of their worst rushing performance ever. The Bear’s defense held Tennessee’s tandem of White and Johnson to a combined 22 yds rushing. That is right only 22yds rushing but then there were two other losses of one yard that gave Tennessee 20 yds total rushing on the day. Today the Titans has to call for air support and Collins answered the distress call.
The game opened with Tennessee going three and out followed by the Bears taking their first possession the length of the field concluding with a 5yd TD pass from Grossman to Rookie Matt Forte. Forte finished the game with 72 yds on 20 touches and 54 yds receiving on 7 catches and a TD.
On the next possession for Chicago, Grossman’s pass was tipped by Cortland Finnegan and intercepted by Chris Hope. The Titan drive ultimately failed when at the Bears 2 yd line Fullback Ahmard Hall’s fumble gave the Bears the possession deep in their own territory thus ending the Titan’s chance to tie the game.
The Titan ground game was gone baby gone and Collins had to reach back and do something he has not done all season, put the game on his arm. Collins did just what was required as the Titans were able to tie the game before the half when Collins found TE Bo Scaife on a 10 yd pass for the TD and Ron Bironas’ point after was good.
The Titans once again had a missed field goal by Bironas (48 yds), however this time it was at the end of the first half vice the end of the game.
Collins continued his outstanding performance in the third quarter and gave the Titans the lead they never relinquished. The Titans put together a six play drive for 56 yds that ended when Collins found Justin Gage on a 12 yd TD pass. The Bironas kick was good and the Titans led 14 – 7.
The Titans got there third TD in the fourth quarter and it proved to be the winning margin. Len Dale White rushed 2 yds to cap another Titan 11 play drive covering 52 yds.
To the Bears credit they responded with a long drive (68 yds) of their own when Rex Grossman ran for 1 yd and a TD.
The Titans are hardly a team that lights up the score board but neither are they a team that does it with smoke and mirrors. Next week they are on the road and back in the division against the Jaguars that finally won a game this week. The following week the Titans are at home against the NY Jets but for now they remain the only unbeaten team left in the NFL and not bad for team that was picked by some to finish last in the division. I am thinking that maybe just maybe Coach Fisher found the Karma he was looking for.