Sunday night wrap-up: Texans move to 8-1

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The Texans improved to 8-1 with their 13-6 win over the Bears.

But the best thing they did was prove beyond a shadow of a doubt they could be mudders.

Even though their defense has taken the fore from a offense that put up good fantasy numbers in years past, it was hard to describe the Texans as a hard team.

But then they went into Soldier Field and out-Bearsed the Bears.

They threw for 95 yards. And won.

From creating four turnovers to running with authority, the Texans played the way we have come to expect the top NFC teams to play this year.

That’s going to serve them well come playoff time, as it’s a little hard to declare too many of their AFC opponents as tough or physical, at least to the degree the Texans showed.

Here are five more things we learned on Sunday Night Football:

1. One of the smartest signings new Bears GM Phil Emery made was bringing in backup quarterback Jason Campbell.

He’s a smart and steady player, and even though he didn’t lead a comeback, there’s at least a floor you know he’s not crashing through.

The Bears watched Caleb Hanie take them from 7-3 to 7-7 in four starts last season, and having a player the caliber of Campbell could prevent such a skid again.

Of course, he’s the only other quarterback on the roster, with Matt Blanchard on the practice squad. That could change, but having Campbell is a good investment.

2. Coaches can be stubborn.

It’s raining, it’s cold, it’s Chicago.

And they keep trying to throw.

Teams that invested so heavily in running backs Matt Forte and Arian Foster took too long to decide to use them.

To their credit, the Texans figured it out first, which explains some things.

3. Even before he was concussed, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was off.

He finished the first half 7-of-14 for 40 yards, with two interceptions. The conditions had a lot to do with that, and Brandon Marshall didn’t help by dropping one in the end zone.

But part of what makes Cutler good is that he’ll play stubborn at times, and not hesitate to throw into a tight spot.

It’s a good trait, except when it isn’t.

4. The stud play of the night might have been Robbie Gould’s second quarter field goal.

In a driving rain, Gould hit a knuckling 51-yarder.

Solider Field is a bad place to kick anyway, with a chewed up turf along with the wind, but Gould hit a big-time shot. It’s very difficult to get a solid plant foot there, and while Gould’s kick wasn’t beautiful, it did work.

5. The Texans are a good football team.

But they might be better off if no one noticed.

You could easily argue their three worst games of the year were all in prime time, including getting their doors blown off by the Packers earlier on SNF and a too-narrow win over the Jets on Monday Night Football.

49 responses to “Sunday night wrap-up: Texans move to 8-1

  1. Same old Bears. Get the media as well as their fan base all excited talking about the Super Bowl by beating teams they should beat, then play a team with some substance on a big stage and get completely shut down in every way imaginable. The NFC comes down to the Giants, 49ers and Packers at the end of the day. Bears will be lucky to score 10 in San Fran next week. Packers 2012 NFC North Champs.

  2. The Bears are who everyone outside of Chicago knew they were: An average team.

    Great D/ST. Terrible O. They’ve only looked good because they’ve played inferior competition.

  3. One of the 8-1 teams is good, and one is not. This is the good one. Impressive resolve to keep after the Bears in a hard fought win.

  4. Good win by the Texans. They outplayed my Bears tonight and they deserve credit.

    However, just cause Chicago lost doesn’t mean they aren’t contenders. They’re still alive and well at 7-2. It just gets harder here on out.

  5. Whoever laid that dirty hit on Cutler sure earned his bounty; they probably wouldn’t have won without it. More of New Orleans rubbing off on Houston.

  6. The tough NFC??? Who would that be? Not the bears who gave up 102 yards rushing to arian foster. The ’85 bears didn’t allow 100 yard rushers. Not the falcons who can’t run the ball or the packers.

    The texans only loss is to the packers who played their best game of the year that day and the texans played their worst game of the year. If the same two teams play again the packers won’t do as well. The texans went into chicago missing 3 starters and beat the bears in lousy weather. A good day for the texans!

  7. Posted by Darin Gantt on November 11, 2012, 11:32 PM EST
    Did you even watch the game? Cambell was horrible! Passed up on every open reciever and went with the check down, untill the last play when he should have!

  8. I’d say the bears and texans played a heck of a good game. Texans still haven’t given up a rushing TD and were plus 2 on takeaways from the best takeaway team.

  9. 1. One of the smartest signings new Bears GM Phil Emery made was bringing in backup quarterback Jason Campbell.

    You take that back! Even Caleb Hanie can dump the ball off everytime, in a two-minute drill, when you need a touchdown to tie.

  10. My observations:

    Bears O-line gave up Zero sacks!

    Jason Campbell is blind and is too safe.

    Bears D is exactly as advertised.

    Texans is exactly as advertised.

    Early on when Cutler was in…if the Texans give you 3rd and 5 3rd and 8 3rd and 7 don’t throw into double coverage 45 yards down the field. Get the first!

    Kellen Davis needs to hit the unemployment line.

    Urlacher needs to consider a life after football. For a man playing for a contract he’s disappearing every snap.

  11. Houston played well and beat us at our own game, defense and a strong running game…The fumbles by Davis and Bush killed us, and Marshall dropped a TD in the end zone.

    A winnable game the Bears didn’t deserve to win.

  12. Houston and Atlanta both have the same record yet I believe only one is deserving of it.

    Wanna guess which one?

  13. Somehow..writers continue to find a way to bring up the Packers loss..the Texans are 2-1 on primetime games and yet you guys continue to think they are not really that good. One loss to the Packers when Aaron Rogers played his best game of the year. Texans are good, maybe great this year. Accept it.

  14. This was exactly the kind of game the Bears and their fans wanted. It was a perfect setup.
    You just have to give the Texans their due. They played Black and Blue football.

  15. “the Texans played the way we have come to expect the top NFC teams to play this year.”

    Wth does that mean? Who’s the top NFC team that plays like this? Not the Bears, they just lost, at home, to the best AFC team. Not the Falcons, their opponents’ combined record is one of the worst in the league, plus they lost to a mediocre Saints team. Not the Giants, they just got spanked to a mediocre AFC Bengals team. Not the 49ers, the played a draw to a mediocre St. Louis team. Maybe the Packers, but I don’t think their defense could have played this type of a game.

    So where are these great NFC teams? I don’t think the parody is as much as you’re hyping it to be.

  16. Is this the same mike florio who predicted the titans would win the afc south? Way to prove the haters wrong! BULLS ON PARADE!!

  17. I still don’t think Houston can match up with Denver. If Houston gets home field advantage, Manning beats them in their house.

  18. Author: it took you 9 games into the season to discover that the Texans are a “hard team”? Admit it. You haven’t really been paying attention until now, right? Too much Rex Ryan/Tim Tebow coverage will make you a poor writer.
    P.S. Texans’ win vs. the Jets was not “narrow”. The game wasn’t as close as the score. Pay attention.

  19. I submit that Cutler is not good. He is physically talented. There’s a difference. People see his great arm strength and athleticism (which is underrated) and thing MAN HE’S A GOOD/GREAT PLAYER. Nope. Usually when that happens it means the guy doesn’t work hard or isn’t that football smart. I don’t think either of those are his issues, but can’t put my finger on what is.

  20. Brian U. has lost it… Listen to his “overall” tone and what he does on the field. Last night, he actually congratulated the other team for a INT on Cutler. Uhhh .. Brian… who do you play for and who is your main fan base? In addition, he is always saying how good the other team is. This reminds me of how Brett Farve became so universally friendly after he was taking his happy pills.

  21. mattblues110 says:
    Nov 12, 2012 12:08 AM
    Cheap headshot on Cutler ended the game!


    Cambell outplayed Cutler! Cutler went 7-14 for 40yds in the first half. Chicago scored just as many points with Cutler as with Cambell. Cambell passed for more than twice as many yds. Cutler was doing a good job scrambling, but why don’t coaches like their QB’s to scramble like that… oh yeah, they get hurt.

    I still think that Chicago’s D is marginally better than Houston’s, but its obvious that Houston has the better offense and is more well rounded.

    Chicago got out Chicagoed last night and the Texans went a long way in proving they are a Superbowl caliber team. Luckily, if all goes as planned, every game they play in the playoffs will be indoors!

  22. thomasglarsen says:
    Nov 12, 2012 10:03 AM

    Last night, he actually congratulated the other team for a INT on Cutler. Uhhh .. Brian… who do you play for and who is your main fan base?

    He was congratulating a former teammate, Danieal Manning who came to the Texans last year from the Bears. A guy who he went to “battle” with (weird to use that term on veterans day”). As far as Urlacher commending another player… what’s he supposed to say, that guys a bum, but he smoked us, so we’re bigger bums?

  23. The Bears will likely not go very far into the playoffs without a TE. This group of TE’s they have is simply pathetic. If I were Cutler, I would take my chance running rather than trying to pass to one of his TE’s. It’s kinda sad.

  24. More observations:

    1.) I don’t care what the roster says, the Bears have no tight ends.

    2.) Before the game, if someone told me that Schaub would only pass for 90-something yards, the Texans would have no sacks, and that our D would only allow 13 points, I’d have been thrilled.

    3.) The Texans had a running game, the Bears had Matt Forte spinning his wheels.

    4.) The fumbles by Davis and Bush were bad, Marshall’s drop in the end zone was worse.

    5.) If the officials don’t incorrectly rule an illegal forward pass on that completion to Hester, and you tack on 15 yards for Dobbins’ cheap shot, the Bears would have been 1st.-and-goal…And, the way this game was going, ultimately would have settled for a FG.

    6.) Jason Campbell, for all his experience as a starter, looked timid…Even his one good play, the 45-yarder to Marshall, failed to generate more than a FG.

    7.) Both teams played hard, but in the end, Houston did what good teams do…They made plays when they had to, and made the Bears pay for not doing the same.

    8.) 7-2 and still atop the NFC North is not a bad place to be, but if Cutler is out more than a game, the Bears are sunk unless Campbell gets a clue.

  25. Oh, and if the NFL saw Dobbins’ postgame comments regarding his hit on Cutler, they should fine him double.

  26. This is more of last year; Cutler out and just replace the word Hanie with Campbell. As a Bears fan watching last night it was like going to the dentist. You know you have to do it but it ain’t pleasant. Will be more of the same against SF and Green Bay and Seattle and maybe even Minn. The Lovie/Tice combo knows as much about offense as I do.

    The Chicago media might like Campbell better than Hanie but he sure didn’t show why last night. Against good defensive teams with an OK or better offense that makes few mistakes the Bears appear helpless if the fall behind at all.

  27. Ok … I stand down. On game day, in the heat of the game … that the Bears should be trying to win – B.U. should congratulate his former (opposing) defensive team members on well done plays. Sounds like a focused killer .. “team instinct” to me. I’m sure Dick Buthus or any of the 85 Bears would do this too. Maybe in the next few games when Cutler gets sacked or slammed to the ground .. B.U. should high five his former team defensive line players. Peace & love. I wonder how Cutler feels about B.U.’s congrats on the INT.

  28. starfan79 says:
    Nov 12, 2012 6:11 AM
    I still don’t think Houston can match up with Denver. If Houston gets home field advantage, Manning beats them in their house.

    Except for the fact that the Texans already beat Denver in Mile High 31-25 and two of Denver’s touchdowns came in the 4th quarter when the game was already out of hand. Keep on hating.

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