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JOE BIDDLE: Bears eat Titans for lunch

Posted: Updated: Nov 4, 2012 06:08 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Yogi Berra was wrong.

The Titans-Bears game was over before it was over.

About the only thing the Titans won was the coin toss. Even that came back to bite them as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's 23-yard pass to Kenny Britt was nullified after Bears cornerback Charles Tillman knocked the ball away from Britt and, who else, Brian Urlacher, recovered it.

It was a comedy of errors for the Titans, as the Bears led 28-2 after the first 15 minutes.

If the 51-20 loss wasn't embarrassing enough, the Bears fan base staged a successful Occupy LP Field movement.

The Titans were no-shows in every phase of the game.

The Bears caused six fumbles, recovered four of them. Tillman was a one-man wrecking crew. He led all players in the game with nine solo tackles. He forced four fumbles with his Kung Fu blows on the football.

Want to hear a joke?

The Titans talked all week about the Bears defense and its reputation for knocking the ball loose from opposing players.

"These guys are No. 1 in the league at taking the ball away,'' Hasselbeck said. "We talked about Tillman being very good at it.''

"That's what we are,'' said Bears coach Lovie Smith. "That's what the guys believe they can do every play. That's the mindset.''

Obviously they didn't accomplish that every play. It just seemed like it.

When you have an offense that gets back-to-back illegal formation penalties, both of them on the same player, you have an offense that, nine games deep in the season, just doesn't get it.

On the illegal formation penalties, Hasselbeck was dumbfounded.

"It's also embarrassing. We had those plays in our hands days ago and had a meeting about it [Saturday] night and had a meeting about it this morning. I don't know what to say.''

It's one reason the have lost twice as many games as they've won. It's one reason they don't have to worry about making any playoff plans.

The numbers don't lie.

The Bears had 21 first downs compared to 12 for the Titans. The Titans were an abysmal 3 of 12 on third downs. The Titans were flagged nine times, costing them 68 yards of real estate.

Even special teams shared in the misery. They had a punt blocked deep in Titans territory. Bears defensive end Corey Wootton scooped it up and returned it five yards for a touchdown.

It was the third-year pro from Northwestern's first touchdown since his junior year in high school. The Titans can cure a lot of ills.  

A 44-yard punt return from Devin Hester set up an 8-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte. Hasselbeck threw a pass that veteran Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher wrapped his big mitts around and rumbled 46 yards to paydirt and a 21-2 lead.

It was 28-2 at the end of the first quarter, 31-5 at halftime. Over before it was over.

"I apologize to the fans on behalf of the team, especially to those (fans) who stayed there until the clock hit zeroes,'' said Titans receiver Nate Washington, who had the Titans lone touchdown pass.

Munchak was willing to take responsibility, but this disaster belongs to the organization, from top to bottom.

"I don't think there is any way to explain it, other than the fact we did our best to give that game away in the first quarter,'' Munchak said. "There was no shock that they have gotten a lot of turnovers. That's how they won football games. We knew all that. We carried the ball carelessly and gave the ball up.

"We made it easy for them.''

That certainly was the case for Tillman and his four counts of larceny.

"It is always on my mind, I am very conscious of it. I speak it. I believe it. I practice it. It happens,'' said the 10-year veteran from Louisiana-Lafayette.

And so it went for the Titans. They should be humiliated for impersonating NFL players Sunday.

To top it all, they lost to a coach named Lovie.

Sports Columnist Joe Biddle can be reached at joebiddle11@gmail.com

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