Tennessee Titans Fly Over Chicago 21-14, Advance to 9-0

William BlakeCorrespondent INovember 9, 2008

The picture may seem random, but if you watched Sunday's thriller between the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears, you'll get it.

Tennessee passed the football.

A lot.

Kerry Collins attempted 41 passes. For a Titans' fan, that number is staggering, not to mention frightening. However, Collins played his best game of the season, completing 73% of his passes for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Collins mastered both passes; he threw short passes for first downs to Bo Scaife, the tight end, and long balls to Brandon Jones. Scaife had a career game, bringing in 10 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Jones did as well, catching 8 passes for 82 yards, as well as being responsible for the second longest play of the game.

Tennessee's offensive line was the most inconsistent it has been all season. The line allowed one sack. This is their second straight game with allowing at least one, after allowing just one the previous seven games. Collins, otherwise, had all day to throw.

The running game of Tennessee has yet to see a worse day, maybe ever. The team combined for 20 yards rushing, 14 for LenDale White, eight for Chris Johnson, and Collins and Ahmard Hall both lost one yard. However, the offensive line's poor blocking was not the only problem. Chicago had eight players stacked in the box for the majority of the game, basically giving Collins the freedom to throw all he pleased.

Despite the poor rushing performance, White managed to find the end zone once. White played a decent game by his rushing standards, 10 carries for 14 yards. Johnson had a nightmare of a game, rushing 14 times for eight yards. Mike Heimerdinger was obviously forcing the stretch play that worked on all the other teams they had faced this year.

You cannot put enough emphasis on how well Collins took over the game, and how poorly the halfbacks performed. 

On the other end of the ball, Tennessee played some of the best defense they had played all year. Chicago could not pass the ball and had minuscule success on the ground. Rookie Matt Forte ran for 72 yards on 20 runs, as well as being the Bears' leading receiver. Otherwise, Tennessee shut down Chicago.

Rex Grossman returned to starting action for the first time since the beginning of last season, and definitely showed his rust. He was, by no means, the reason they lost, since his worst mistake was throwing an interception to Chris Hope. Otherwise, Grossman was mistake-free. However, he was harassed all day long.

Tennessee's defensive line got two sacks on Grossman, one from Cortland Finnegan and one from Dave Ball. Keith Bulluck lead the team in tackles with 10, followed by David Thronton and Hope.

The game was very aggressive, as you would often see Devin Hester and Finnegan exchanging some words and pushes. David Stewart even got flagged for unnecessary roughness with a late hit on some Bears defenders. 

The Titans faced some injuries this game, as Jacob Ford and Hall both went down with injuries and failed to return to the game. Kyle Vanden Bosch did not return to the Titans' line-up this week, as he was supplanted by Ford, and then later by Ball. 


Tennessee: Kerry Collins, QB 

Chicago: Matt Forte, HB

Offensive Standouts

Tennessee: Brandon Jones, WR

Chicago: Greg Olsen, TE

Defensive Standouts

Tennessee: Cortland Finnegan, CB

Chicago: Lance Briggs

Other Notes

Tennessee's rookie wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins had his best game of his career, recording two receptions for 26 yards. Jones recorded his career high in receptions, shattering his old record of five. Scaife recorded his first 10-reception game. Hope's interception of Grossman gives him four in the last three weeks.