Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

The Chicago Bears picked up their third loss in a row this season following the loss versus the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Titans beat the Bears 24-17 after the Bears were scoreless in the first three-quarters of the game. Starting the year off with a 5-1 record the Bears fell to 5-4. 

The Titans were able to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 40-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. An impressive sideline catch from wide receiver A.J. Brown gave the Titans their first touchdown in the game with just four minutes left in the half. It might have been a slow and steady start for the Tennessee offensive, but it was nothing compared to how sluggish their opponents started off. 

The offensive struggles from the Bears painted the Titan’s defense to look better than they actually are. Tennessee is currently one of the worst third down defenses in the league, but thanks to bad play calls from head coach Matt Nagy and inconsistency from Nick Foles, the Titans defense stood out. 

Meanwhile, Chicago’s defense played respectively. The Bears held one of the best running backs in the league, Derrick Henry, to just 68 yards on 21 carries. The Bear’s defense continued to prove that they are what holds this team together. By stopping the run game as well as putting more pressure on the quarterback, helped to threaten the Tennessee Titans offense. Chicago’s defense was able to pick up three sacks against quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Sunday’s game. 

In the middle of the third quarter and just when Chicago arrived in scoring territory, disaster struck for Bears fans. Chicago’s running back David Montgomery fumbled the ball and Tennessee’s Desmond King ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown. Tennessee went up 17-0 and this only grew momentum for the Titans heading into the fourth quarter. 

A delayed scoring surge for Chicago occurred in the fourth quarter, but the Bears offense was a little too late. Down 17-0 with 12 minutes left in the game, the Bears finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a 22-yard field goal from Cairo Santos. The Titans responded with a 2-yard touchdown from tight end Jonnu Smith increasing their lead to 21 points. 

Down 24-3 Foles and the Chicago Bears offense took the field once again and they were not backing out of the fight just yet. On 2nd and goal, Ryan Nall caught the ball and ran it into the endzone for the first Chicago touchdown of the game. Jimmy Graham followed with another touchdown for the Bears with just over one minute to go. Down by seven, a question arose, “could Chicago come back to win this game?” Unfortunately, the Bear’s failure to obtain the onside kick secured the 24-17 win for the Tennessee Titans. 

Currently, in first place in the AFC South, the Tennessee Titans will host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football. The Chicago Bears head home to Soldier Field in hopes of beating the Minnesota Vikings and putting an end to their losing streak.

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