The Bears forced five turnovers en route to a 51-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans Sunday. The Bears scored twice on defense, bringing their season total to eight defensive/special teams touchdowns.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Bears, who improved to 7-1 and remain in first place in the NFC North.
The Bears bounced back after a sluggish performance against the Panthers in Week 8 with a quick start, scoring a franchise record 28 points in the first quarter. The Bears scored on offense, defense and special teams and handily beat the Titans Sunday.
Here’s a look at the winners and losers during the Bears blowout win over the Titans.
Charles Tillman has made a living off of stripping the football, and Sunday he forced four more fumbles.
The NFC defensive player for October continued his strong play, adding nine solo tackles as well.
At times Tillman looks more like a boxer than a cornerback. He has perfected the art of short, quick jabs that cause ball carriers to fumble the football.
Kenny Britt fumbled the football on Tennessee’s first play on offense, the first of five total turnovers for the Titans Sunday.
Britt led the Titans in receiving with 67 total yards, but the early fumble set the tone for a dominating performance by the Chicago Bears defense.
At times during this season Brian Urlacher hasn’t look entirely healthy. But Sunday Urlacher had seven total tackles, a fumble recovery and a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Urlacher has 21 tackles in his last three games, and the 13-year veteran looks to be performing close to his level before the injury to his knee last season.
The one area where the Bears are underachieving is at O-line. The Bears are struggling to keep Jay Cutler off the ground. The Titans sacked Cutler three times, one of which resulted in a lost fumble.
The Bears spotted the Titans two early points when J’Marcus Webb was called for illegal use of hands, resulting in a safety.
The O-line is the one glaring weakness that could keep the Bears from reaching the Super Bowl.
Chris Johnson scored on a late 80-yard touchdown run. It was his fifth score of 80 or more yards, which is an NFL record.
But if you take away that long run, his day was rather unimpressive. Johnson lost two fumbles, one of which led to a Bears touchdown.
Johnson is as fast as any running back in the NFL and is starting to put together some productive games after a slow start. But the two fumbles Sunday proved very costly.
Cutler and Marshall connected for three scores Sunday including 13, 39 and 5-yard touchdowns.
Marshall caught nine of his 10 targets for 122 yards. He has 797 yards and seven touchdowns through eight games.
Cutler and Marshall picked apart a weak Tennessee secondary, but it’s clear the two are firing on all cylinders.
Matt Forte only had 12 carries Sunday, but he still managed to run for over 100 yards. He recorded an 8-yard touchdown and also had two receptions for 45 yards.
Forte is hitting his stride and is showing no signs that his ankle injury from Week 2 is bothering him.
Forte’s 45 receiving yards highlight an area of his game that has so far been underused. Forte had over 50 receptions in 12 games last season, but coming into Sunday’s game he had only 18 grabs. The Bears need to target Forte more in the passing game to keep defenses on their toes.
Chicago fans always travel well. But Bears fans were out in full force at LP Field in Nashville for a game that, at times, felt like a home game.
The thousands of Chicago fans that made the trip to Tennessee saw a dominating performance from their Bears.
Bears fans will get to watch their team from home next week as Chicago hosts the Houston Texans.
The Bears were able to score on the Titans in just about every way imaginable. The Titans struggled in all aspects of the game. The special teams gave up a blocked punt for a touchdown. The offense turned the ball over five times. The defense had no answer for Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte.