Chicago Bears: 5 Important Match-Ups vs. the Titans

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Chicago Bears: 5 Important Match-Ups vs. the Titans

McCourty
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The Chicago Bears will try to get their seventh win this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have been in the past few games, but couldn’t exactly make a play or two in the 4th quarter to be 3-0 instead of 0-3.

The Titans offense has been just as mediocre as the Bears offense this season. The team has a decent group of wide receivers in Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, tight end Jared Cook, and rookie Kendall Wright, but haven't exactly lit up the stat sheet this season. Wright however has been the team’s best WR this year as he leads the team with 40 receptions.

Although the Titans rank 25th in rush yards, it looks as if Chris Johnson is back to his 2009 form. Johnson is showing the same type of patience and explosiveness that made him one of the more feared offensive players a few years ago.

The defense has been one of the main reasons for the team’s 3-5 record this season. The Titans rank 31st in points allowed, 30th in total yards, 29th in passing yards, and 28th in rush yards. In short, the Titans defense is beyond awful. If the Bears were ever looking for an opponent to break their offensive slump against, it would be against this Titans defense.

It all starts with the offensive line when it comes to the offense having success. If they can successfully block for Jay Cutler and open up holes for Matt Forte and Michael Bush, there’s no excuse for the unit not to put up a lot of points.

For the defense, it starts with the front seven shutting down Johnson. If that happens, the Bears defensive line can pin their ears back and go after a statue in the pocket in Matt Hassleback.

Here are five match-ups to keep an eye on this up-coming Sunday.

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Brandon Marshall vs. Jason McCourty

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The Bears WR Brandon Marshall has been statistically one of the league’s best at the position, and has put his stamp on a few or more Bears victories this season. Titans’ cornerback Jason McCourty will be a challenge for Marshall, but he’s going up against a CB that struggle against Mike Wallace, Stevie Johnson, and Reggie Wayne the past few weeks.

McCourty is a decent talent, but Marshall should be able to have a good game. Only one CB has been able to shutdown Marshall in Tramon Williams and he had plenty of help from the safety over the top. Marshall should have a big game this Sunday against McCourty.

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Julius Peppers vs. Michael Roos

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Peppers have been overshadowed by Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, who are having defensive player of the year type seasons. However, Peppers is one of the main reasons why the Bears have one of the better defensive lines in the league. Peppers attracts a lot of attention on whichever side he is lined up on which frees up single blocks for the rest of his line-mates.

Against Michael Roos, Peppers faces a crafty veteran that has been a very good starting left tackle in this league for a long while. We will see if Peppers can duplicate a similar performance he had against Carolina Panthers LT Jordan Gross this past Sunday.

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J’Marcus Webb vs. Kamerion Wimbley

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Webb has been good up until last week’s game against the Panthers, where he gave up a sack and a good amount of hurries. Webb might be on a short leash here on out, so he needs to get back on track against a defensive end in Wimbley who plays to Webbs weakness (speed rush).

Webb has all the physical tools to be a solid starting caliber LT in this league, but he needs to stay consistent. A good performance against Wimbley could ease the pressure off Webb’s back, who have fellow offensive tackle Jonathan Scott another bad performance away from taking his job.

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Stephen Paea vs. Steve Hutchinson

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In the trenches, it will be the young gun (Paea) against the old veteran (Hutchinson). Paea hasn’t had the same impact the last two games as he did all season, but in those two games you still see flashes of why he’s starting over Matt Toeaina. The Bears need a dominant performance from the front seven and it starts with one of their best run defenders on the defensive line in Paea.

Tough task going up against a smart veteran in Hutchinson, but Paea is a physically more talented player than Hutchinson at this point in their careers. Paea has a chance to dominate this match-up.

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Charles Tillman vs. Kenny Britt

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Tillman excels best covering big physical receivers, and he will most likely draw the assignment on Kenny Britt, who has underperformed this season. Britt was highly regarded coming out of Rutgers, but has yet to live up to the hype in his fourth season in the league. On paper it looks like Britt should have at least a decent game against Tillman, but with Tillman playing at an all-time high this season, he should be able to shutdown Britt.


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