Reporting Josh Liss
CHICAGO (CBS) – The 3-5 Titans might be 3-point underdogs when they host the Bears on Sunday, but WBBM Bears Radio analyst Tom Thayer says they’re still a dangerous team.
The Titans have the fastest running back in the league in Chris Johnson, and while quarterback Matt Hasselbeck might be 37 years old, he still brings a lot to the table.
“They have one of the … more knowledgeable, experienced quarterbacks in the league. Matt Hasselbeck has always played very well against the Bears, even though he’s faced very good defenses,” Thayer said. “He’s got a lot of experience, he understands NFL defenses, and if he determines there’s a specific within a defense that he wants to pick on, he’s willing to go that direction.”
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Thayer said, if Hasselbeck finds a defensive player he can exploit, he won’t hesitate to throw in that direction all afternoon.
“If he identifies that he has a confident attack point, look for that person to get attacked all afternoon.”
Although the Bears have the best running defense in the league, they could face a big challenge from Chris Johnson, who seems to have gotten back on track the past few weeks, after a disastrous 2011 season.
“Chris Johnson, if he gets an open lane, it’s a touchdown. He has world-class speed, he’d be hard to catch,” Thayer said.
As for the Bears offense, Thayer said if it’s going to produce the fireworks fans have been waiting to see, they need to get off to a quick start.
“I think that’s what everybody is waiting to see,” Thayer said. “They know there’s brilliance inside the Bears’ offense, but they want to see it for a game, not just a quarter, or a really important moment at the end of the game.”
Thayer’s prediction? Bears beat the spread and get another win.