Texans 13 Bears 6
It was a wet, cold night at Soldier Field. The Bears lost the game, lost their QB to a concussion, and lost what many would call their first real challenge in weeks. The offensive performance was bad all around. Here's a look at how the Bears graded out.
Jay Cutler was 7/14 for 40 yards a 2 INT. Cutler did not return for the second half after leaving the game with a concussion. His 16.7 passer rating was miserable and his second lowest in his career. Cutler made poor decisions in his one half of play. He forced throws in double coverage to Kellen Davis and Brandon Marshall.
Jason Campbell took over in the second half. Campbell was 11/19 for 94 yards and no TD's. Campbell couldn't really get anything going though. 45 of his 94 yards came on a deep ball to Brandon Marshall. The Texans took away the deep pass away from Campbell and he was quick to check down. Unfortunately, the receivers and backs couldn't do much on the short passes.
(Reportedly Josh McCown will be signed by the Bears to backup Campbell with Cutler out)
Running backs: D
The run game for the Bears was not effective. Matt Forte had 16 carries for a total of 39 yards. He averaged under 4 yards a carry for the first time this season. Forte also lacked a big breakout run, with his longest being 8 yards. Forte, who is usually strong in the pass game, caught 2 passes for -3 yards. Michael Bush had 3 carries for 34 yards, but had a critical fumble.
Other than Brandon Marshall, the Bears receivers were terrible. Marshall once again had a 100 yard receiving game. Marshall caught 8 passes on 13 attempts for 107 yards. Marshall did drop a pass in the end zone the he probably wishes he had back. The rest of the receivers offered nothing. Kellen Davis had his worst game of the season. Davis was 1 for 5 for 6 yards. He had a fumble early in the game on a hit by Daniel Manning. He also dropped a critical pass that would of been a third down conversion. Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice may need to think about removing Davis from his starting job. Earl Bennett was nonexistent with one catch for 9 yards. Devin Hester caught two passes for 4 yards. Matt Spaeth was 3/3 for 4 yards. Kyle Adams had one reception for 7 yards.
Offensive Line: C+
The offensive line was a mixed bag on Sunday. The young tackles J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi had to face JJ Watt. The Texans moved Watt all over the field for different matchups. Watt was limited to 0 sacks, 2 tackles, and 1 QB hit. The line gets a plus for not allowing a sack of the QB against a player like Watt. However, the run game for the Bears was nonexistent for most the game. Chilo Rachal took two bad penalties in the game. Gabe Carimi was better than his previous week, but took a late holding penalty.
Defensive Line: B-
Julius Peppers registered 1 sack on Matt Schaub. Shea McClellin left the game early with a concussion. The line provided pressure on Schaub, but his offensive line gave him time. Arian Foster did have 102 yards rushing in the game showing the Bears inability to stop the run. Corey Wootton was charged with a face mask penalty. The line could of played better, but their performance was acceptable.
Brian Urlacher had 8 total tackles and Lance Briggs had 4. The linebackers had trouble filling their gaps and the Texans blocking scheme limited both. Briggs took a poor route on Arian Fosters TD catch also. Nick Roach contributed with 2 tackles. The inability to fill the gaps led the Texans running the ball effectively.
Tim Jennings continues to have a Pro Bowl level season with 2 more picks. Charles Tillman didn't punch any balls lose this game, but he did a job of limiting Andre Johnson to 35 yards. Tillman registered 6 total tackles. Major Wright had 5 tackles and Conte had 4 tackles. The safeties did a good job not giving up the big play to the Texans. Wright was effective when he was up in the box for blitzing. We saw Kelvin Hayden in at nickel over DJ Moore. Hayden had 4 total tackles.
Special Teams: C
Robbie Gould hit 51 yard and 24 yard field goals, but missed a 48 yarder in the 4th quarter. Adam Podlesh punted the ball 5 times and trapped 2 in the 20. Devin Hester had 24 yard return, but the Bears lacked the explosive return they needed. The coverage was good against the Texans limiting them to around 20 yards a return.
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