Tennessee Titans versus Chicago Bears: Extremely bold predictions

Matt Nagy, Justin Fields (Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports)
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Matt Barkley #14, Tennessee Titans
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Matt Barkley leads two touchdown drives and throws for 200 yards

The Titan Sized staff has to write a bit of a retraction here. When the Tennessee Titans said goodbye to DeShone Kizer and brought Matt Barkley in, some of us were of the opinion that the move was more of the lateral variety than an upgrade. That was a statement made in error.

Sure, we’re just basing this on two preseason games, but Barkley, despite the fact that his career hasn’t progressed in the manner that he would have liked, is a more polished signal-caller than Kizer is, as he should be.

He’s been around for a while, so he’s supposed to be better than DeShone Kizer. He’s supposed to be better than Logan Woodside, and even though both he and Woodside have battled to what feels like a draw in the race to determine who Tennessee’s backup quarterback is, it’s Barkley that should be seen as the guy who should seize the opportunity in Tennessee’s final preseason game and win the job.

Tennessee employed the strategy of alternating both Barkley and Woodside on each offensive possession versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That same strategy could be in play when they face the Bears in the season finale. Expect Barkley to play lights out versus a bunch of guys who are probably not going to make the roster. Two touchdowns and 200 yards passing sound about right.