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Battle for 8-1!

Posted By Smiley On Nov 11 2012 @ 3:09 pm In Chicago Bears | No Comments

Houston Texans at Chicago Bears

Sunday November 11, 2012 at Solider Field

7:30 p.m. ct

By the Numbers

On Sunday, the Bears will go into Soldier Field ranking in the Top 3, in terms of points per game, offensively and defensively (3rd and 2nd, respectively).  The Houston Texans come into Chicago ranked 2nd and 4th in the same category. While the defenses are almost identical when it comes to stopping the run and allowing points, the difference between the two lies on the offensive side of the ball. While the Bears are 25th in yards this season, the Texans are 13 spots ahead with a middle of the pack 13th. The Texans boast a very balanced offense with Arian Foster scoring the most touchdowns this year (11 tds) and leading the NFL in rushing yards(770). So it seems both offenses will have a tough time putting points on the board, especially the Bears considering their slow starts that, even Jay Cutler has admitted, need to get resolved. Chicago’s defense will have its hands full as well, they will have to make Arian Foster a non-factor and try to rattle Matt Schaub. The Bears are one of the best teams in the league when it comes to rushing 4 or less players. They will need to be that team in order to force Matt Schaub into incompletions or turnovers. It won’t be easy, however, based on the fact that Schaub is one of the most accurate quarterbacks when he has a clean pocket but also very deadly when there is pressure.

We all know the Bears have had problems with slow starts, but most times, the cause of those slow starts is poor execution on first down and not establishing the run. The Houston Texans are good against the run with zero allowed touchdowns this  year but they still allow 4.0 ypg. Matt forte is averaging 5.0 ypg and the Bears will have to use him and Michael Bush to tire the Texans front seven out, especially knowing that they are without their star middle linebacker, Brian Cushing. The Texans can exploit the Bears sub-par offensive line with J.J. Watt  or the passing games reliability on Brandon Marshall. This will truly be game where Earl Bennett and Devin Hester have to make an impact.

Beyond the Numbers

Both teams come into this game looking to be 8-1 afterwards and boast the NFL’s second best team, record-wise. There has been plenty of argument around the football world on who is the better team.  The Texans don’t have any glaring weaknesses, but everyone knows of the Bears offensive struggles. Besides the commonality of the defenses sometimes explosive offenses, the two teams have another thing in common; they have both lost to the Packers. While the Bears loss came in Week 2 with a still gelling offense, the Bears defense held the Packers to 1 touchdown and 3 field goals. When the Texans played Green Bay on Sunday Night in week 6, the allowed 6 Aaron Rodgers touchdowns to their 3. Just some food for thought.

My Prediction

Texans: 21 Bears:17


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