NFL Betting: Titans at Bears

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The Tennessee Titans remained the only undefeated team in the NFL with an overtime win over Green Bay last week. This week, Jeff Fisher’s 8-0 squad will try to keep its record clean with another bout vs. an NFC North team when they hit Chicago to take on the 5-3 Bears on Sunday afternoon (1:00PM ET, CBS).

OddsMaker is listing the Titans as three-point road favorites for Sunday’s game, with a total of 38.5. Tennessee is also listed at -155 on the OddsMaker moneyline, with Chicago getting +135 as an underdog at home.

The Titans had their hands full last Sunday with a Packer team that moved the ball pretty well against a stout Tennessee defense. But in crunch time in OT, it was the Titans who took the kickoff and moved neatly down the field and into field-goal range, where Rob Bironas, one of the best in the business, drilled the game-winner.

That three-point victory, however, was not enough to keep the Titans perfect on the season against the spread. They’re now 7-1 vs. the numbers this year, after failing to cover the 3.5 vs. Green Bay.

So through the first half of this season, Tennessee already leads the AFC South by four games over the second-place Indianapolis Colts.

The Bears, meanwhile, took over first place by themselves in the NFC North with a come-from-behind win over Detroit last Sunday. Chicago grabbed a 10-0 lead over the winless Lions, but allowed Detroit to take a 23-13 lead into halftime. And they lost starting QB Kyle Orton to an ankle injury in the second quarter. Former starter Rex Grossman came in as his replacement, the Bears defense managed to keep Detroit scoreless in the second half, and two touchdowns later Chicago had escaped with a 27-23 win.

However, they too couldn’t cover a spread as home favorites, whiffing as 13-point chalk.

With Orton expected to miss the next few weeks, Grossman is again the starter at QB for Chicago.

The Titans have caught some flak for beating up on a “weak” set of teams so far this season. But they own wins over Jacksonville, Minnesota, Baltimore, the Colts and the Packers, playoff contenders every one.

The Bears have also beaten the Colts and Vikings this season, as well as the Eagles.

Tennessee only ranks 21st in the league this season in total offense, but the running game ranks fourth at 149 YPG. And while veteran QB Kerry Collins, who took over for Vince Young in Week 2, doesn’t necessarily dazzle, he’s fairly efficient and is making the key throws that keep drives going.

The Titans defense ranks seventh overall, 10th vs. the run at 92 YPG and leads the league in points allowed at just 13 a game.

Chicago, meanwhile, ranks 15th in total offense and 11th in rushing at 115 YPG. And the Bears defense ranks 18th overall and sixth vs. the run at 82 YPG.

These two teams last met in November of 2004 when the Bears, quarterbacked by Craig Krenzel, beat Billy Volek and the Titans 19-17 on a safety in overtime.

The totals are 4-4 in both Titans and Bears games this season. But while Tennessee games have averaged 38 total points, Chicago games have averaged 49.5 points.

So far this season NFL home underdogs are 16-24 straight up and 18-22 against the spread.

OddsMaker is also listing Tennessee at -5000 to win the AFC South this season, +200 to win the AFC championship, and +600 to win Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa in February.

Chicago is listed at +150 on the updated OddsMaker NFC North betting board, +1000 to win the NFC, and +2500 to win the Super Bowl.

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