The Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears had very different seasons last year, but they’re both looking to see what they have at quarterback after missing the playoffs last year. That journey back to the postseason starts here and for Tennessee it starts with getting a look at Will Levis and Malik Willis.
Let’s get into the odds for preseason Week 1 in Chicago.
Titans vs. Bears odds, spread and total
Titans vs. Bears prediction and pick
The first thing to look at when handicapping a preseason football game is the quarterback depth chart of each team and we have some pretty interesting ones here including one of the two or three most interesting depth charts in the entire NFL.
Ryan Tannehill will likely see some action in this one, but it won’t be a lot, most of the reps will go to Will Levis and Malik Willis and that’s very important. While neither guy has a lot of experience, they are dynamic and talented quarterbacks which not every team has out there in the second half or even the second quarter of these games.
Willis was one of the most exciting players in the preseason last year, though he didn’t have any success in his regular season action. He’ll still be more talented than everyone else on the field in the second half of this game and that’s a massive advantage for Tennessee.
On the other side the Bears will eventually be going to a guy named Tyson Bagent from Shepherd University. That’s after Nathan Peterman sees action. Sure, Justin Fields will play a bit early in this one and PJ Walker will also see reps, but I want the team with the best sustained play at QB and that’s clearly Tennessee.
Last year, the Bears went 3-0 in preseason and then only won three games all season, so maybe Matt Eberflus will be changing his tactics. Mike Vrabel went 2-1, so he didn’t exactly punt on the preseason. If I’m getting the better quarterbacks as an underdog I have to take that bet. Give me Tennessee
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