Snapshot: Bears-Titans

<B>KICKOFF:</B> Sunday, 1:00 ET<BR><B> GAMEDATE:</B> 11/14/04<BR><B> SURFACE:</B> Grass<BR><B> TV:</B> FOX, Ron Pitts, Tim Ryan; DirecTV, 707<BR><B> SERIES:</B> 9th meeting. Series is tied 4-4. Bears have won last two meetings, but they were in 1998 and '95.

Bears: offense 30th (15th rush, 31st pass); defense 9th (23rd rush, 9th pass).

Titans: offense 16th (9th rush, 22nd pass); defense 14th (10th rush, 20th pass)

Bears RB Anthony Thomas is likely to get a second start for Thomas Jones, who has practiced but is still bothered by a foot injury. But whoever starts in the backfield will face stacked defensive fronts until rookie QB Craig Krenzel shows he can't hurt the Titans downfield.

With QB Steve McNair needing a significant improvement in his bruised sternum in order to play, backup Billy Volek is expected to get another start for the Titans. That means Tennessee will lean heavily on RB Chris Brown, and he needs to be effective because the Bears' front four is developing into an explosive unit in passing situations. McNair or Volek will be helped by the return of TE Erron Kinney in the passing game.

Bears: The defense has 21 sacks after recording just 18 all of last season. ... Teams in their first game at The Coliseum are 2-18. Sunday marks Chicago's first game there.

Titans: Are 22-8 (.733) against NFC teams since 1997. ... WR Derrick Mason as eight or more receptions in four of his past seven games.

And the winner is ...
The Chicago Bears, the all-time winningest franchise in the NFL, earned their 658th victory with last Sunday's 28-21 win against the New York Giants. The victory was Chicago's 31st against the Giants since the series began in 1925, the seventh-most over any opponent. In their 85th season of operation, the Bears have a combined regular season and playoff record of 658-483-42 (.556). Green Bay is Chicago's all-time most-defeated opponent after suffering its 85th loss in Week Two. Detroit (with 83 losses to the Bears), the Cardinals (Chicago, St. Louis, Arizona; 56), the Rams (Cleveland, Los Angeles, and St. Louis; (48) and Minnesota (38) round out the top five of the teams with the most losses to Chicago.

Family matters
The Bears have the best chance of any team in the NFL to have a family reunion occur on any given Sunday as four Chicago players have a brother on another NFL team. G Ruben Brown (Cornell, BALT), RB Adrian Peterson (Mike, JAX) and G Rex Tucker (Ryan, CLE) have all had the opportunity to share an NFL field with their brother for a game during their careers. Bears CB Charles Tillman has a step-brother, T.J. Hallowell, on the Giants. RB Thomas Jones will be looking forward to sharing the field with his brother Julius, a rookie running back with the Cowboys, for the first time when the Bears travel to Dallas for the annual Thanksgiving Day game, Nov. 25, at Texas Stadium.

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