Goal to Go

The Titans always emphasize spending extra time on unfamiliar opponents, and this team hasn't faced the Chicago Bears since a disastrous loss at Vanderbilt Stadium in 1998.

Tennessee is wary of a team that's won two in a row and gotten some big performances on both sides of the ball. There will be coverage wrinkles on both sides of the ball.

On offense, the Titans expect plenty of defenders to be employed in coverage, as the Bears' front four can do pretty well rushing in its own.

"They don't necessarily need to blitz," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "They generate enough pressure with their four-man rush.

On the other side of the ball, the Titans will need to communicate especially well in coverage at the snap, as the Bears use more shifts and motion that the Titans have seen this year from anyone.

"Obviously they are a well-coached team because they motion, shift and they will run plays with motion across the formation," Fisher said. "They do a real good job of timing things up.

"From a communication standpoint it is going to be critical that we recognize things and get lined up. There will be times where we won't be able to hear defensively, so guys are going to have to trust what they see and get lined up."

Eye of the storm
Craig Krenzel, Bears QB vs. Kevin Carter, Titans DT

How the rookie continues to manage games -- and not screw them up -- will be the key every week. Krenzel hasn't been brilliant, but effective in back-to-back wins. Keeping him on the field and Jonathan Quinn off of it only helps the Bears' chances.

The veteran, and former defensive end, knows how to get after the quarterback. Carter is playing inside these days but is tied for the team lead with 2 1/2 sacks. Krenzel will have to roll out of the pocket and scramble to keep drives going against Carter and company.

Chris Brown, Titans RB vs. Brian Urlacher, Bears MLB
The Naperville native is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards with 810, and is out of a walking boot which was protecting his swollen left big toe last week. Regardless if Steve McNair plays, the Bears need to contain Brown and worry about the running game first.

Urlacher seems to have put the hamstring injuries behind him and has been on top of his game. The Bears had a season-high seven sacks and forced five turnovers in last week's win over the Giants. Stopping the Titans starts with Brown.

Injury report
Bears: PROBABLE: LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: RB Thomas Jones (toe); OUT: LB Marcus Reese (foot); DB Charles Tillman (knee). Titans: QUESTIONABLE: RB Chris Brown (toe); LB Rocky Calmus (back); DE Carlos Hall (knee); P Craig Hentrich (back); TE Erron Kinney (calf); QB Steve McNair (sternum); T Fred Miller (ankle).

The series
The Bears took on the Tennessee Titans eight times in the regular season during their days as the Oilers with each team being victorious on four occasions. The series has neatly alternated home and road games with today's contest at The Coliseum marking the first time one team has hosted consecutive games in the series.

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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