Grades: Five turnovers, TD for defense


Grades: Five turnovers, TD for defense

The Tennessee Titans were taken out of any game plan or rhythm by the takeaway tsunami that swept over them, usually wearing a Chicago No. 33. The Bears forced six Tennessee fumbles and recovered four, with a Brian Urlacher interception for a touchdown.

Chris Johnson broke an 80-yard run for a score in the fourth quarter for the Titans final points with 10 minutes to play. That accounted for nearly one-fourth of the 333 net yards, however, and the Bears knocked the ball loose from Johnson twice, once setting up a first-quarter touchdown, so that account was all square in a game where the Titans needed more than break-even.


The turnovers and runaway first quarter took RB Chris Johnsons opportunities down and made Titans less-dimensional. Linemen were consistently getting penetration and getting into Johnson frequently before he could get underway and running north-south.

Israel Idonije and Stephen Paea, who each had a quarterback hits, shared a third-down sack of Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter and Corey Wootton added one of his own. Nate Collins had another strong game with three tackles and a pass broken up. Pressure on Hasselbeck is always difficult because of the quick releaseWest Coast mindset.


Brian Urlacher recovered a Tennessee fumble on the first play, added TD return of an interception as part of the first-quarter blitz of the Titans, and punched the ball out of Chris Johnsons hands for another first-half Titans turnover leading to a touchdown. Urlacher also found time for a pass breakup as well as finishing second on the team with seven tackles.

Nick Roach stuffed Johnson on a third-and-one in the first quarter for some momentum when it looked like it would matter, and he finished with four tackles despite the Bears needing to use nickel packages freqently. Lance Briggs helped contain Johnson with four tackles.


Charles Tillman played his way into the discussion not just of NFL defensive player of the year, but also of league MVP. He helped hand the offense the ball in Tennessees end of the field twice in the first quarter with forced fumbles. He finished with a team-high nine tackles, all solo, and was responsible for four fumbles total.

Tim Jennings broke up a pass in the end zone and had three solo tackles to go with a second pass deflection. Kelvin Hayden keeps playing his way onto the field as the nickel back over D.J. Moore, who had two tackles. Haydens pass-defensed stopped a third-down conversion early and he recovered two of the six Tennessee fumbles.

Chris Conte broke up three passes and Major Wright provded two tackles in solid run support as the Bears continue to get outstanding safety play.

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins tonight on CSN and streaming live on Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Scott Darling gets the nod.

Joel Quenneville is giving a struggling Corey Crawford a breather tonight, electing to go with Darling in the final game of the father's road trip. Darling is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 20 games this season. His numbers aren't as great on the road, where he is 4-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .901 save percentage compared to a 7-2-1 record with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage at home, but he fared well against Boston last season. The Lemont native stopped 42 of 46 shots, good for a .913 save percentage, in a 6-4 win at the United Center last April.

2. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line.

The Blackhawks' trio of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin had a rare zero points in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Colorado, but don't expect to see that again. In fact, it could be the opposite. In their last meeting against the Bruins, a 6-4 win on April 3 during the 2015-16 season, they combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists), highlighted by a Kane hat trick that put him at 100 points on the season for the first time in his career. 

3. How the rookies build off a monsterous game.

In arguably the most well-rounded victory of the season Tuesday in Colorado, the Blackhawks had three rookies that had multi-point efforts. Vinnie Hinostroza had two goals, including the game winner. Tanner Kero had two goals and one assist, while Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. It was the top-six that was doing the heavy lifting earlier in the season, now the bottom-six is slowly starting to contribute on a consistent basis. The Blackhawks will be in great shape if they can confidently roll four lines that have the potential to find the back of the net on any given shift.

4. Patrice Bergeron vs. Jonathan Toews.

Two of the best two-way centers in the league will go head-to-head, and it's always a fun matchup to watch. Bergeron leads the league with 597 faceoff wins, and is ranked fifth with a 58.4 percentage at the dot while Toews ranks eighth in wins with 473 — despite missing nine games with a back injury — and sits at sixth with a 57.5 percentage. Both of the perennial Selke Trophy candidates have struggled offensively this season, with Bergeron recording only 21 points in 45 games and Toews with 22 points in 38 contests. Bergeron has been heating up as of late, though, scoring three goals and six assists in his last eight games. Bergeron also leads the league in possession numbers, with the Bruins controlling 61.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts when he's on the ice.

5. Brad Marchand.

In September, Marchand inked an eight-year, $49 million deal and it's already paying dividends for the Bruins. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 45 points total, which is by far the most on his team and tied for sixth in the NHL. He's 16 points away from tying his career high of 61 set last season, with a little less than half the year to go. He's also had great success against the Blackhawks. In his last six games against Chicago, dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, he has registered at least a point in all of them, scoring four goals and adding five assists. To make life more difficult, he's a player that enjoys getting under people's skin, so expect him to be a big factor tonight.

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