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Bears begin prepping to host Titans

Three days after their deflating 22-16 road loss to the New York Giants, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's home game against the Tennessee Titans.

The injury-ravaged Bears (2-8) are off to their worst 10-game start since they were also 2-8 in 2002 and are the only NFL team that has yet to score at least 24 points in a game this season.


Bears running back Jordan Howard has recorded 100 or more rushing yards in four games this season.

They have won two of their last three home contests, however, and return to Soldier Field Sunday for the first time since Halloween when they upset the Vikings 20-10 on Monday Night Football.

The Titans (5-6) have alternated wins and losses in their last six games. They are led by second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,772 yards with 23 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 100.3 passer rating that ranks seventh in the NFL.

The second overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Oregon has thrown at least two touchdown passes in the last seven games, a franchise record. During that span, he has passed for 19 TDs and just three interceptions.

Titans running back DeMarco Murray ranks second in the NFL in rushing with 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns on 212 carries.

The Bears lead the all-time series with the Titans 6-5 and have won four of the last five. The Bears won the last meeting 51-20 on Nov. 4, 2012 in Tennessee. The Bears set a team record with 28 points in the first quarter, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. The defense generated five takeaways and returned its seventh interception for a TD in six games. Charles Tillman forced a career-high four fumbles, three of which the Bears recovered.

Entering Week 12, the Bears rank 17th in the NFL in offense (20th in rushing and 19th passing) and 10th in defense (12th against the run and 12th versus the pass). The Titans rank 7th in offense (3rd rushing and 21st passing) and 20th in defense (7th versus the run and 24th versus the pass). will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will be available Wednesday, while offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will speak Thursday.

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