Going into the game on all last week the Houston Texans were preparing for a Bears defense that has been forcing turnovers at a record pace and scoring on a lot of the turnovers as well. After Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak had his players punching at the ball after plays at practice all week simulating what Bears CB Charles Tillman does, and forcing his players to basically play past the with their ball protection the Texans defense showed that they can be a defense that casues turnovers as well. In wet, rainy, and just plain nasty game the Texans beat the Bears at their own game on the road causing turnover after turnover not allowing the Bears to get it going on offense all night long on Sunday Night at Soldier Field.
On the first drive Bears QB Jay Cutler found TE Kellen Davis over the middle of the field when former Bear and Houston Texans safety Daniel Manning came up and put the type of hit he has made his name off of in this league over the years. He forced the fumble on that play that was recovered by teammate Bradie James. Manning who played on the Bears for 5 years before leaving for a better contract and fresh start in Houston knew that this game would be like this. He gave a speech to the team before this game and told his teammates this game would be like this. Wet, cold, and a game that would be won by less than 10 points in the end. The Texans defense as a whole were all really good all night long. ILB Tim Dobbins who’s been getting more time on the field with Brian Cushing injured had a questionable hit on Bears QB Jay Cutler that put him out of the game late in the 2nd quarter. The lone bright spot for the Bears was WR Brandon Marshall, and his 8 catches 107 yards is okay considering the Texans defensive unit never gave up a TD all night long in a hostile environment playing in the elements outside. Only 249 yards and 8 first downs during the game and forced the Bears into 4 turnovers on Sunday night 2 off of fumbles and 2 off of interceptions by Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson and Daniel Manning who forced 2 total turnovers against his ex team which preached turnovers his whole career before letting him walk to Houston last season.
The Offense once again leaned heavily on the running attack in Chicago this weekend and in doing so gave the ball to RB Arian Foster a good amount this game. Foster had another great game going over 25 carries and 100 yards against a defense that’s normally stingy and is known for stopping the run regularly. Foster, whom Bears MLB called plain and simple a “bad ass” after the game on Sunday had his teams only TD off a short completion from Matt Schaub at the goal line in the game adding to his total of 12 for the season. This was Foster’s 5th game with over 100 yards, and maybe his biggest performance of the year. Going into the stretch Foster will have to carry the load as the Houston Texans wait on RB Ben Tate to get healthy and back on the field to give him some rest. QB Matt Schaub didn’t look sharp throwing in the bad conditions he threw 2 INT’s and a TD in this game. He only threw for 96 yards on 14 completions and finished with a average of under 4 yards an attempt. Schaub who’s been sharp all year did manage to lead the Texans on a long TD drive and cap it with a pass to RB Arian Foster to cap it during this game as well.