The Houston Texans took back the spotlight that they lost in the days leading up to their showdown with the Chicago Bears. Each team went into the game at 7-1, yet putting records aside the Texans have been the better of the two teams. But that wasn’t talked about enough over the week, because of what the Bears defense has been up to this season.
The Bears defense had single-handedly led the bears to their 7-1 record, known widely for its turnover to touchdown ability. What Lovie Smith has done for that defense over the years, this one in particular, should be noted to a high extent. They are the scariest defense in the league, because any offensive play by the opposition has the ability to be turned into points for the Bears.
People forgot how good the Texans defense has been this year as well, that is, until the end of the Sunday night bout.
JJ Watt and co. proved that their defense is still the most complete of any defense in the NFL. Jay Cutler and his offense were unable to get anything going, so when Cutler left with a concussion everybody knew it was all said and done.
Only an angry Aaron Rodgers had his way against the Texans defense, in their only loss of the season.
That raised questions on if the Texans could compete with the league’s best. The very next week, they answered that doubt dominating the Baltimore Ravens, then, after taking care of business against the lowly Buffalo Bills, they came out and played more physical than the Bears.
The Texans were able to go on the road, in the rain, on the disastrous grass of Soldier Field and silence the Bears fans all game long for the world to see in primetime. These are all elements that you wouldn’t expect the Texans to excel in, yet they did.
The Texans have an elite offense because of their ability to run with Arian Foster, and pass the ball all over the field with an underrated Matt Schaub. They have an elite defense because JJ Watt and their pass rushers are taking the league by storm, and the secondary controls what opposing receivers do.
Even without Brian Cushing, like they were without Mario Williams last season, Wade Phillips hasn’t let his defense lose a step.
The Texans took a huge step this week, that should have their fans feeling pretty good about what is gearing up to be a super season in Houston.