Bears at Titans preseason remaining end result: Justin Fields and Jesper Horsted lead Chicago previous Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Chicago Bears finished the 2021 NFL preseason in Nashville on Saturday night when they defeated the Tennessee Titans 27-24. Without Andy Dalton, the first round pick Justin Fields started. The majority of the first two quarters were uneventful for Chicago’s offensive, but the former Ohio State star led a 78-yard six-game drive in the final two minutes, followed by a very impressive 20-yard touchdown throw to Jesper Horsted was crowned. Fields finished the game Friday night with 7 out of 10 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears were victorious thanks to the huge night Horsted had at the end. The Princeton product, which was undrafted in 2019, caught three touchdowns on Friday night, including a one-handed grip in the fourth quarter that it took for 54 yards. In total, he caught five passes for 104 yards and three scores.
Ryan Tannehill was put on the Reserve / COVID list earlier this week, so Matt Barkley and Logan Woodside shared quarterback time. Both had their moments, but both signal callers also threw interceptions – Woodside is number six in the second quarter. Still, he’s the player who could be the favorite at this point when it comes to the backup QB competition as he’s been in the system longer and has developed a clear chemistry with his wide receivers – especially Cameron Batson, who has a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
It was an interesting night as the Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was absent from the stadium due to COVID-19. Craig Aukerman, coach of the special teams, took care of team communication, while John Streicher, coordinator of football development, took care of what the team called “game decisions” and time management. He even threw a challenge flag in the first half and overturned Rodney Adams’ so-called 11-yard catch in third place.
Game of the game
The Bears start their regular season on September 12 with Sunday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams. The Titans are home to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.