Titans Take on Bears in Third Preseason Game Sunday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Tennessee Titans (1-1) host the Chicago Bears (1-1) this week in a nationally televised preseason contest. Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Aug. 27.

THE BROADCAST

This week's game will be televised on FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV FOX 17. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst Charles Davis will call the action, and Pam Oliver will report from the sidelines.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Dave

McGinnis, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.

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LAST WEEK AGAINST THE PANTHERS**

The Titans evened their preseason record last week with a 34-27 home victory over the Carolina Panthers. They scored 17 unanswered points in the first quarter and never trailed. With the score tied late in the fourth quarter, the defense forced the third Carolina turnover of the game, and running back David Fluellen subsequently broke the tie with a three-yard touchdown run.

Third-year quarterback Marcus Mariota started and directed the first two offensive series, which ended with a field goal and a touchdown, respectively. He completed six of eight passes for 61 yards with one touchdown and a passer rating of 135.9, and he added one rushing attempt for nine yards. His final pass of the day was a four-yard touchdown to tight end Delanie Walker.

As a team, the Titans rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries. Fluellen's 76 yards accounted for the majority of the team's total and included a 53-yarder, the club's longest play of the preseason thus far. With DeMarco Murray out of action, Derrick Henry got the bulk of carries early, and he finished with 36 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Titans defensive starters made the most of their two series, forcing a turnover and a three-and-out. On Carolina's first offensive play, cornerback Logan Ryan was credited with a forced fumble, punching the ball out of the hands of Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess. Safety Kevin Byard recovered the ball for the Titans.

Carolina's third series also ended on the first play, thanks to another Titans takeaway. Linebacker Jayon Brown tipped a Derek Anderson pass, and fellow linebacker Justin Staples came down with the interception.

The Titans needed one final big play by the defense to help cement the victory. Just before the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, outside linebacker Aaron Wallace tallied a strip-sack against quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten recovered the ball at the Carolina three-yard line to set the stage for Fluellen's deciding plunge into the end zone.

THE BEARS

The Bears split their first two games of the preseason, beginning with a 17-24 loss at home to the Denver Broncos. Last week, they traveled to Arizona and edged the Cardinals by a final score of 24-23.

Mike Glennon, an offseason unrestricted free agent acquisition from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, started each of the first two preseason games for the Bears and completed 15 of 26 passes for 109 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The fifth-year veteran is joined at the position by rookie Mitchell Trubisky, the second-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of North Carolina. In his first two preseason appearances, Trubisky completed 24 of 33 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception (111.4 passer rating).

The Bears are in their third campaign under the direction John Fox, who is in his 16th season as a head coach in the NFL. He arrived in Chicago following previous head-coaching stints with the Carolina Panthers (2002–2010) and Denver Broncos (2011–2014).

TitansOnline.com looks back at the team's all-time series against the Chicago Bears. (AP Photos)

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