After wild games in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and San Francisco, there was a big game happening in the Windy City between two of the powerhouses in the league.
It was hard to say what was going to happen coming into this one, but at the end of the night it was the Houston Texans who went home with another win as they defeated the Chicago Bears in a defensive war by a 13-6 mark.
There’s no doubt that this game would’ve gone differently if the weather hadn’t added an extra hurdle to jump over, but as Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher said before the game:
“Both teams have to deal with it.”
Deal with it they did.
With the high-powered offense of the Texans and the turnover factory that is the Bears’ defense, it looked like this game would pit strength against strength. But at halftime it was Houston’s defense that looked a lot like, well, the Bears, forcing three turnovers in the first half.
Danieal Manning accounted for two of the three with one interception and a forced fumble on a hit he laid on tight end Kellen Davis during Chicago’s first possession of the game.
Arian Foster had the only touchdown of the game, which came on a two-yard pass from Matt Schaub in the second quarter.
Foster had another solid day, racking up 102 yards on 29 carries when all was said and done, but seeing as though he was near 100 yards at halftime on 15 carries, his productivity in the second half was mildly disappointing.
But it’s hard to say anything too terrible about the offenses in this game given the quality of the defenses and the fact that those defenses were both made better by slippery field conditions and a very loosely called game by the officials.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t return to action after halftime having reportedly suffered a concussion in the first half. He was replaced by Jason Campbell.
At the end of the day all that really matters is that Houston notched another win and can move into the rest of their schedule and focus on the four games they have left within their division.
The Texans also have Detroit on Thanksgiving to look forward to, as well as what should be an intriguing matchup with New England and a home game with surging Minnesota on Dec. 23.
If Houston can avoid being on cruise control as they head into the playoffs they will definitely be in line to make some noise. They proved in this game that they don’t have to follow a specific formula to win a football game, and that they have what it takes to win a big game.