In a strange twist, we aren’t going to know whether or not the Chicago Bears’ game against the Houston Texans is a Super Bowl preview until after the game. That might sound like a cop out, but hear me out first. To this point in the season, the Bears haven’t had the toughest of schedules. The one elite team they have played –the Green Bay Packers– found the Bears a walking disaster. Despite getting tired of hearing about it, we Bears fans have to go along with the Bears’ dissenters until the Bears can show their quality against a great football team –enter the Houston Texans.
I think the Texans are definitely a Super Bowl possibility –maybe even a favorite– in the AFC. I think the Bears can be that in the NFC, but they have to beat some quality opponents first. Of course, the Texans were also dismantled by the Packers, so the Bears aren’t alone in that department. The Bears have handled every other opponent handily –except their ugly win over the Carolina Panthers. But when you have seven wins, and you’ve beaten almost every team you’ve played in dominant fashion, you’re doing something right no matter what detractors say. The Bears are a high quality football team. The next two games against the Texans and San Francisco 49ers will show just how high quality they are.
The Bears’ defense will get the attention coming in, but the Texans have a staunch defense of their own –led by one-man wrecking crew, J.J Watt. The Texans also sport a potent offense. For quite some time, we’ve all been waiting for the Bears’ offense to wake up and play consistently better. Since the defense has been so dominant, it hasn’t really mattered. This week against the Texans could be the week the offense will matter for the Bears. As a Bears fan, I’ll admit to having a certain supply of orange and blue Kool-Aid on-hand, but the Bears can win this game –so long as Jay Cutler can be protected enough to run the offense. I don’t suspect the Bears’ defense will keep the Houston offense quiet the entire game (if they do, we’ll be looking at one of the best defenses ever), but I don’t suspect them to get torched either.
The Super Bowl is a long way off, but if the Bears show up and upend the Texans, it’ll be hard to argue that the Bears don’t have as good of a chance as anyone to be there in February.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the NFL throughout.
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