Five Bears To Watch: Week 12 vs. the Titans

Five Bears To Watch: Week 12 vs. the Titans
The Bears welcome Tennessee to Soldier Field on Sunday. Here are the five players to watch, from top to bottom: TE Ben Braunecker, LT Charles Leno Jr., LB Nick Kwiatkoski, RB Jeremy Langford and S Deon Bush.

As each week goes on, the tougher it gets for the Chicago Bears.

Here in Week 12, the Bears will be without their starting quarterback, left guard, right guard and inside linebacker. Don’t forget that Kyle Fuller has been out all season, Kevin White is on injured reserve and Week 1 starter Mitch Unrein could miss yet another game.

Either way, football has to be played. With the Tennessee Titans (5-6) coming to town there isn’t much hope on the Bears’ sidelines at 2-8.

The only real positive is the fact that only seven players were on the Bears’ injury report this week. Rookie linebacker Leonard Floyd has been ruled out with a concussion while quarterback Jay Cutler (shoulder) and guard Josh Sitton (ankle) are doubtful.

Cornerback Deiondre’ Hall (ankle), linebacker Christian Jones (ankle/back), wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe) and defensive end Mitch Unrein (back) are all questionable.

Here are the five players to watch on Sunday against the Titans.

Tight end Ben Braunecker

The undrafted rookie from Harvard has only one catch for eight yards, but expect his numbers to increase this week. With Zach Miller out for the season with a broken foot.

Braunecker has come on as a blocker in his seven appearances and with more opportunities as a pass catcher, there’s a chance for him to able to earn himself a role next season. It could be tough with Matt Barkley under center. Look for Braunecker to have a breakout game either way.

Left tackle Charles Leno Jr.

Third year tackle Charles Leno Jr. made his 24th start of his career and 10th of the season last week. The Bears’ offensive line lost control in the second half which included Leno.

With his deal up after next season, the Bears need to start deciding if he’s the true blindside protector they want to have for year’s to come. Leno has been solid up until this past week.

Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski

Jerrell Freeman was popped with a four-game suspension so fourth round rookie Nick Kwiatkoski steps into a starter role next to Danny Trevathan. He’ll make his first start after eight appearances this season.

He’s a hard hitter and someone that plays a similar style to a Luke Kuechly or James Laurinaitis. This kid should fit right into this style of defense.

Running back Jeremy Langford

Jeremy Langford has rushed eight times for 24 yards and a touchdown in his last three games since his return. He’s made a bigger impact as a receiver with eight receptions for 81 yards.

The second-year running back is being trusted more in the passing game and that doesn’t bode well for Jordan Howard. However, Langford needs to prove himself as a running back more.

Safety Deon Bush 

Deon Bush made this list a week ago because he started his first game. After posting seven tackles in that game, the Miami product played so-so.

The Bears need to see more from one of their fourth round picks. Bush has great instincts but he has a long way to go. This is an important game for the rookie.

Final score prediction

Titans 27, Bears 13

Who will you be watching on Sunday?

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