I had a huge case of the jitters prior the game between the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans at Solder Field on November 11. As good as the Bears are record wise, the last time they faced a quality team was back in Week 2, when they fell to the Green Bay Packers 23-10. I knew the defense would play well enough to keep us in the game, but my main concern was the inconsistency of the offense. This unit would have to show up in a big way if the Bears were going to win this game.
If you are a Bears’ fan like myself, you had circled this game on your calendar a few weeks ago because a win against the Texans would prove the Bears were as good as we had hoped since the season began. Unfortunately, that was not the case this week. The Texans beat us at our own game by playing exceptionally well defensively and doing just enough offensively, to pull out an ugly 13-6 victory.
So what happen to the home team in this game? For starters, let’s begin with the turnovers. The Texans forced four turnovers in the first half – two interceptions and two fumbles. Our offense played so terrible in the opening 30 minutes that we turned the ball over on our first three possessions and accumulated only 99 yards in the process. While our defense did manage to force two interceptions, when you turn the ball over multiple times against a quality opponent, you will lose the game more times than not.
Another opinion I would like to offer is that I thought the play calling was ultra conservative in the second half. Yes, I realize that Jason Campbell is a backup on this team and most coaches have a tendency to dial back the offense somewhat when the second-string quarterback has to step in. However, I felt there were several instances where we should have thrown the ball deep, but we settled for the short yardage plays instead.
The Green Bay Packers handed the Texans their only loss a few weeks ago mainly because of the play of their offense in a 42-24 rout. Houston held our offense in check all night, which is the reason why we are now 7-2 and they’re 8-1. Whether or not Jay Cutler will be able to play next week against the San Francisco 49ers remains to be seen. However, if the offense continues to disappear in big games, our chances of being a playoff contender will continue to diminish.
James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area, who has followed the Bears for more than 20 seasons. James is also a Featured Sports Contributor for Yahoo! Network and a Sports Journalist for Sports Rantz Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693
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