It was going to be a tough test for the Bears offense to move the ball consistently against a tough Texans defense. It got even tougher when Jay Cutler left the game at halftime with a concussion. Backup Jason Campbell couldn't jump start the stagnant offense and the Bears fell to the Texans 13-6 in a rain drenched game. The Bears offense didn't do themselves any favors by coughing up four first half turnovers. Former Bears Danieal Manning was a nuisance in the secondary causing two turnovers and picking up a fumble and the Bears offense never got in the end zone despite plenty of opportunities.
Neither team was overly impressive on offense due to the inclement weather and tough opposing defenses. Before his injury Jay Cutler was 7/14 for 40 yards and two interceptions and Jason Campbell didn't fare much better in relief going 11/19 for 94 yards. On the opposite side Matt Schaub struggled as well going 14/26 for 95 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. For the Bears it was Brandon Marshall who was the shining star on the offense by catching eight balls for 107 yards. The rest of the Bears' receivers were MIA and had only 10 catches between six players (Bennett, Hester, Forte, Davis, Spaeth, and Adams). Arian Foster (pictured above) was the stand out on the Texans' offense rushing for 102 yards and catching 5 balls for 15 yards and the lone touchdown of the game. Despite going up against a vaunted Texans defense the Bears much criticized offensive line gave up zero sacks and gave both Cutler and Campbell plenty of time in the pocket on a regular basis.
On defense the Bears held the league's third highest scoring offense to just 13 points and added two more Tim Jennings interceptions to their season total in takeaways. Despite the defense holding the Texans on a regular basis the offense could never put everything together and had to resort to field goals. The Bears held the game close the entire game and could have made it even closer but Robbie Gould missed a 41 yard field goal in the fourth quarter which would have cut the Texans lead to one point.
The loss to the Texans is in no way disastrous barring Cutler being out long term from his concussion. The Bears played an overall ugly game but the game was close the entire time and the Bears had the chance to tie the game until the very end. The San Francisco 49ers are on the horizon in a Monday Night Football match-up between two of the top three teams in the NFC and possibly against dueling back-up quarterbacks with both Cutler and Alex Smith suffering concussions on Sunday night and both of their status' being up in the air. The 49ers offense is not the caliber of the Texans and if the Bears defense can contain Frank Gore and force either Alex Smith or back-up Colin Kaepernick to have to beat them then the Bears should get right back in the win column with or without Jay under center.
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