4. Give me an under-the-radar Titans player on each side of the ball who Bears fans may not be familiar with yet, but will have a big impact on Sunday’s game.
Not sure if Rishard Matthews is still considered under-the-radar, but a lot of Bears fans might only know him because of fantasy football. Matthews has come on very strong after some early season struggles in his first year with the Titans after he signed as a free agent. His rising role and performance kind of forced Andre Johnson into retirement, and he’s become Mariota’s favorite weapon in the red zone. His emergence crescendoed last week in a nine catch, 122 yard performance against the Colts. I’d expect Tracy Porter, who is having a really good season himself, to spend most of his time trying to limit Matthews.
On defense, Kevin Byard is the guy you’re going to want to watch. While the Titans secondary has struggled mightily, Byard has been a massive bright spot as a rookie. His stellar play has pushed him into, essentially, a starting role (played the most snaps at safety last week). A ballhawk in college, Byard has added an in-the-box mentality to his game and is becoming one of the best players on the Titans defense.