The Bears enter Week 3 with a 1-1 record after losing to the Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile, the Texans set a 0-1-1 record after losing to the Denver Broncos.
Luffy Smith will return for the second time to Soldier Field as head coach. Smith’s first homecoming didn’t go well as the 2014 Buccaneers team fell to the Monsters of Midway.
The Bears and Texas will meet for the sixth time on Sunday. Their direct history doesn’t go into much depth. In fact, this year the Texans are celebrating their 20th season in the NFL.
In five meetings so far, Texas has a 4-1-0 advantage over the Bears. Houston outperformed Chicago 98 to 85.
These two teams competed only two years ago. The Week 14 showdown took place in an empty Soldiers Arena on December 13, 2020. It was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant that no fans were allowed in any stadiums… at the time.
The Houston Texans were led by coach Bill O’Brien and quarterback Deshaun Watson. They entered this competition with a score of 4-8. On the flip side, the Chicago Bears were 5-7 at the time and were led by Matt Nagy. Mitch Trubesky was at the helm of the QB.
Houston got things started first. The Watson and Texans attack went in eight plays, a 37-yard drive before being stopped by the Beas defense. Their first trip spanned 4:44 and ended with a trip to Chicago.
In the Bears’ first offensive tackle in the game, David Montgomery took the ball home 80 yards. His attacker gave the Bears a 7-0 lead and only took 12 seconds.
On the next drive, the bears’ defense forced a turn. Khalil Mack took the ball out of Duke Johnson’s arms. The Texas run took four plays and went just 15 yards in 1:18.
Both teams exchanged kicks in subsequent leaders.
- Bears: 3 plays, -5 yards, 2:12
- Texas: 4 plays, 20 yards, 1:51
After the Texas kick, Trubisky led the Bears attack into a long rally. She ran 6:46, 12 plays, and 79 yards. In the end, Trubisky reached out to Jimmy Graham for a five-yard drop to extend Chicago’s lead to 14-0.
In response, the Texans went on their own goal-scoring campaign. It took them eight plays to travel 86 yards. As a result, Watson called Keke Coute for a five-yard touchdown to cut the Bears’ lead to 14-7.
Once again, the Bears attack went three times before returning the ball to the Texas. However, Chicago’s defense ramped up significantly, leading to points when Mac Watson was sacked in the end zone for safety. This extended the Bears’ lead to 16-7.
After the safety kick, the Bears took full advantage of their opportunity. The offense traveled 66 yards over five plays in just 2:42. Darnell Mooney capped driving by drag in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky to lift the home team 23-7.
In the ensuing drive, the Texas crime stopped. Houston went with three goals and returned the ball to the Bears, who made them push again. At just 1:37, Trubisky led the attack 77 yards in 11 plays. His three-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson gave the Bears a 30-7 lead and the defeat was going on.
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Watson took his knees to send the match into the break with the Bears leading by 23 points.
The second half was not as exciting as the first. However, to start the third quarter, the Bears walked 56 yards in seven plays in 4:23. This time, the Texas defense held up and limited the damage. Cairo Santos hit the goal for 39 yards and widened the difference to 33-7.
The remainder of the third quarter was lackluster as neither team made much of an attack.
- Texas: 17 plays, 62 yards, 8:30 (turn on touchdown)
- Bears: 3 plays, 7 yards, 1:2 (tossed)
- Texas: 4 plays, -10 yards, 1:05 (turn on touchdown)
The fourth quarter
The Bears started the fourth quarter with an impressive fielding position. They moved the ball 28 yards in eight plays in 4:13, resulting in the only score for the quarter. Once again, Santos drilled the ball from 32 yards. The successful kick made it a 36-7 match.
Subsequent drives to shutdown the game went like this:
- Texas: 3 plays, -4 yards, 1:43 (punt)
- Bears: 3 plays, 3 yards, 0:43 (punt)
However, Coty fumbled the gamble and returned the ball straight to the Bears attack.
- Bears: 5 plays, -3 yards, 4:03 (tossed)
- Texas: 10 plays, 41 yards, 4:18 (endgame)
It was a fitting end to the match as Mario Edwards Jr. sacked Deshaun Watson as time ran out.
The Chicago Bears perfectly handled the Houston Texans from start to finish in a 36-7 win. This was their first win over Houston after losing in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Overall, the bears attack was great led by the playmakers. Mitch Trubisky went 26/33 for 267 yards, three touchdowns, and a 126.7 QB rating. David Montgomery scored 113 yards and scored 11 times. Allen Robinson managed nine hits for a 123-yard touchdown.
As a team, Chicago’s attack totaled 410 yards and defense was limiting Watson’s influence.
After the catastrophe
The win over the Texans lifted the Bears’ record to 6-7. In the last three games, they went 2-1 to finish 8-8. That was good enough to earn a seventh and final place in the NFC playoffs. However, they drew the New Orleans Saints on the road in the Wild Card game.
Unfortunately, they lost that match by 21-9 and their season officially ended. It was also the last time Trubisky fit in with bears. Chicago went on to sign Andy Dalton who traded in the draft to pick Justin Fields 11 overall.
As for the Texans? The loss dropped them to 4-9. They lost their remaining three matches and finished 4-12. As a result, Bill O’Brien was fired and replaced by David Cooley. Cooley only lasted one season and was fired after a 4-13 season. Now, in 2022, Luffy Smith is head coach for the Texans, and they hope no other situation has been made.
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The Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans will face off for the sixth time on Sunday, September 25th. Chicago will be looking to win its second straight victory over Houston at Soldier Field. The match will start at 12 noon Cairo time and will be broadcast on CBS.
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