The Tennessee Titans will head into their bye week with a win over the Chicago Bears 27-21. Honestly, the bye couldn’t have come at a better time. The team is hot and will now get a chance to rest before making a push for the playoffs. Here is this week’s edition of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
• Marcus Mariota receives my TitanSized offensive game ball. He had his 8th consecutive game with multiple touchdown passes, he showed great maturity in throwing the ball away, and we got to see some exciting runs from the kid.
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• Wesley Woodyard receives my TitanSized defensive game ball. He was great in coverage and even got himself an interception. At one point in the game, the announcers said the Bears are better off throwing at the cornerbacks instead of the linebackers.
• The Houston Texans lost to the San Diego Chargers, which puts the Titans at only a half game back from the playoffs.
• Derrick Henry had the hot hand today. He had an 11 yard touchdown run, he was able to outrun defenders to the edge, and he seemed to always get yards after contact. He showed explosiveness and averaged 7.5 yards per carry.
• Rishard Matthews continues to look like a true number one receiver. He had a spectacular diving touchdown catch in double coverage, and since Week 5, no other receiver in the league has as many touchdowns as Matthews.
• The coaching staff has finally taken notice of Perrish Cox’s struggles and LeShaun Sims got the start, but more about that later.
• This game could have very easily gone the other way, if it wasn’t for missed opportunities by the Bears.
• Kevin Byard and Avery Williamson had a long day trying to cover the Bears undrafted rookie tight end.
• LeShaun Sims got the start in this one, but he had a bad game, as the Bears seemed to pick on him. Still, he showed promise and was still an improvement over Perrish Cox.
• The Titans pass rush was a rare find in this one as they struggled to get pressure.
• Although LeShaun Sims got the start, Perrish Cox saw the field quite a bit, and played in typical Perrish Cox style; allowing touchdowns and being five yards away from the receiver when they make the catch.
• The Titans went into the 4th quarter with a 21-7 lead, but would have lost if it wasn’t for a dropped pass on a 4th and goal from the 2 by the Bears.
• Not only did the Titans allow Matt Barkley to throw his first career touchdown, but allowed him to throw three.