NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason game at LP Field on August 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears opened up their third preseason game of 2011 with a 17-yard completion to Roy Williams, and for a moment, it looked as though criticism of the so called No. 1 wide reciever would subside.
On the next play, however, quarterback Jay Cutler targeted Williams again with a long pass over the middle, and Williams' suspect hands made yet another appearance. The receiver whiffed on a well-placed toss from Cutler and the ball ended up in the hands of a Titan's DB.
For the third week of preseason, questions about Williams' viability as a starting wide receiver are sure to continue.
Cutler didn't have much trouble connecting with his other receivers and looked sharp throughout the game.
He had time to throw the ball during a first quarter scoring drive and he made the most of it, converting two long third downs and spreading the ball around to Earl Bennett, Devin Hester, and Dane Sanzenbacher.
Forte -- who finished the night with 15 carries for 67 yards -- capped the effort with a 3-yard touchdown run.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears starting defense looked much stronger than it did in a disappointing game against the New York Giants. They held the Titans scoreless for most of the first half, and displayed a level of explosiveness off the ball that wasn't apparent at the Meadowlands.
Robbie Gould missed a field goal in the second quarter, but connected on a 45 yarder later.
During the second half, second string quarterback Caleb Hanie threw a red zone intereception that was returned for a touchdown.
Injuries: Marion Barber left the game with a calf injury after the first quarter. Desmond Clark left in the fourth.
Chicago finishes up the pre season Thursday at Soldier Field.