The rule with the Tennessee Titans is to not let them hang around as they are 3-1 in games decided by seven points or less. Chicago accomplished that wish scores in all three phases of the game in the first quarter Sunday en route to a 51-20 win.
Chicago (7-1) was once again led by their defense, with the offensive unit holding their own in this one. Charles Tillman forced four fumbles, Brian Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and the special teams unit even blocked a punt, scooped it and scored.
For those of you keeping score at home, that is seven touchdowns for Chicago's defense, and special teams is finally on the board with one.
Tillman got things going for the defense from the get-go, stripping Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt on the team's first play from scrimmage.
"We didn't want to have a repeat of last week against Carolina," Tillman said. "This week our whole motto was, 'Let's start fast.' To create a turnover on the first play of the game was the mindset going into the game."
Although Chicago didn't turn that turnover into points, the team scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter. Corey Wootton's blocked punt return and Urlacher's interception return accounted for half the scoring, while Matt Forte ran in a score and wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught his first of three touchdowns in that first quarter.
Urlacher's performance made the team believe he truly is back to form.
"We have been waiting for Brian to really step up like that," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "Outstanding job by him. Touchdown, caused fumble, recovered fumble. The defense was a frenzy out there, really taking the ball away."
The defense forced five turnovers, four via fumbles.
Titans owner Bud Adams was far less than impressed by his team.
"In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself, and fans of the Titans," Adams told The Tennessean. "We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today."
At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team."
Another reason this game was embarrassing for the Titans was the amount of Bears fans at LP Field. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler said weird hearing all the positive chants on the road and quieting a the crowd in the red zone, and having them listen on the road.
Brandon Marshall finished the game with more than 100 yards for the fourth time this year, corralling nine receptions for 122 yards and three scores.
The lone bright spot for the Titans in this one was running back Chris Johnson. Despite losing two fumbles, he ran for 141 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, and tied Jim Brown for the second-most 110-yard rushing games in a player's first five seasons with twenty-eight.
Otherwise, it was a forgettable day to be a Tennessee Titan, and a great day to associate with the Chicago Bears.
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