Up next for Bears: Titans
Sure would be great to extend our record to 7-1.
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Quick look: The Titans are coming off an overtime loss to the Colts but have played better since Matt Hasselbeck took over at quarterback a month ago, winning two of his four starts.
Hasselbeck's veteran leadership and ability to manage games has helped give direction to a team that lost three of its first four under second-year quarterback Jake Locker. There is a chance Locker will be healthy enough to return Sunday.
Running back Chris Johnson also has heated up after a slow start, which has taken some of the pressure off the passing game. Rookie Kendall Wright, the team's first-round pick, has been productive.
Hasselbeck, Johnson, Wright and company usually need to put points on the board to offset the Titans' leaky defense.
The Titans' secondary is vulnerable, and the defense has struggled in the red zone.
Key stat: The Titans went into Week 8 having given up more points per game (34) than any team in the NFL. The Bears went into Week 8 having given up fewer points per game (13) than any team in the NFL.
Key matchup: Titans RB Chris Johnson versus Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. In his first five years in the league, Johnson has 27 games in which he rushed for 110 yards or more. But he also has disappeared in his fair share of games. For the Titans to have a chance of beating a good team, they need to get Johnson going. He has dangerous speed in the open field, and it will be up to Urlacher and the Bears linebackers to stop him before he gets going.