Titans to Host Bears Saturday (7 p.m.) at LP Field


Tennessee and Chicago last met on Nov. 9, 2008. Chris Hope and the Titans registered a 21-14 victory at Soldier Field.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Tennessee Titans (1-1) play their third preseason game this week, welcoming the Chicago Bears (1-1) to LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
CDT on Saturday, Aug. 27.


The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville. Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties, while former Titans running back Eddie George and former Titans defensive end Kevin Carter will provide analysis. Dawn Davenport will report from the sidelines. A full listing of preseason affiliates is available on page 2 of this release.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.


The Titans traveled to St. Louis last week and lost by a final score of 17-16. Rams kicker Josh Brown made a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rams the win.

After giving up an 83-yard touchdown pass by the Rams on the first play of the game, the Titans came back to take a 16-7 lead at the half. Rob Bironas kicked three field goals, and rookie running back Jamie Harper provided a one-yard touchdown run. Harper, a fourth-round draft pick from Clemson, received the start due to the absence of Chris Johnson and an injury to Javon Ringer. He made the most of the opportunity, rushing for 83 yards on 11 carries and adding a 24-yard reception.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck continued his impressive start to the preseason. He completed seven of nine passes for 74 yards and a passer rating of 100.9 against the Rams one week after going five-of-six for 55 yards in the opener against the Vikings. Hasselbeck played into the second quarter, but during his fifth and final series, he fell to the turf and was shaken up. Rookie Jake Locker, Tennessee's first-round draft choice, entered in relief of Hasselbeck and completed eight of 18 passes for 82 yards and one interception.

Meanwhile, the Titans defense did not allow the Rams past the Tennessee 43-yard line the rest of the first half. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan and linebacker Will Witherspoon posted sacks, and cornerback Alterraun Verner recorded an interception.


Under head coach Lovie Smith, the Bears won the NFC North with an 11-5 record in 2010. Led by former Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler, they advanced to the NFC Championship Game before falling to the Green Bay Packers. In four seasons at Vanderbilt (2002-05), Cutler set school career records for total offense (9,953 yards), touchdown passes (59), passing yards (8,697), pass completions (710), pass attempts (1,242) and combined touchdowns (76). Originally selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, he was then traded to the Bears in 2009. Last week, the Bears played the Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in a Monday night game. Although they gained 414 total yards, including 171 passing yards from Cutler in the first half, the Bears fell by a final score of 41-13. In the first week of the preseason, the Bears hosted the Buffalo Bills and won 10-3.

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