Found November 10, 2012 on State of the Texans:
A big test on the horizon for the Houston Texans in the 7-1 Chicago Bears this Sunday Night at Soldier Field. This is going to be a good measuring stick for the Texans and being on prime time could be another stumbling block they could overcome. Two of the best teams in the NFL, both teams will use this game as stepping stone into the second half of the season, but more importantly for the Texans confidence to compete with any teams in the NFL. If the Texans can pull this game out, it can be another confidence booster to an already confident team. Lets take a look.   Quick Hitters Claire got to work again on our Know Your Opponent spot with Judge Lucas previewing the Chicago Bears game. Charles covered his Texans to watch against the Bears. We did our week nine All-22 Breakdown against the Buffalo Bills. The site did it’s mid season grades on the Texans position groups.   Informative Tweets Shaun Cody & Ben Tate did not practice. Owen Daniels was “very limited.” Cody & Tate have been ruled OUT #Texans — Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) November 9, 2012   Kubiak said FB/TE James Casey may go from 30-35 snaps to 60 on Sunday. “James is ready to do that.” #Texans — Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) November 9, 2012   Kubiak said FB/TE James Casey may go from 30-35 snaps to 60 on Sunday. “James is ready to do that.” #Texans — Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) November 9, 2012   “You’re going to see him.” Kubiak on FB Tyler Clutts, former Bear who has played primarily special teams so far #Texans — Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) November 9, 2012   NT Earl Mitchell, DE Jared Crick, NT Terrell McClain will be #Texans‘ nose tackle options on Sunday — Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) November 9, 2012   Three Things to Watch   Fullback ,Tyler Clutts, #40 Houston Texans 1. With the potential of starting tight end Owen Daniels being a game time decision, Head Coach Gary Kubiak is going to have to make some adjustments on the offensive side of the ball. James Casey will have to do more at the tight end position and backup fullback Tyler Clutts looks like he will get his first real action at fullback this season. Clutts will be returning to face his old team after being traded prior to the season for Sherrick McManis. If Casey and Clutts can take keep the Texans from an offensive drop off there should be no reason not to move the football. Garrett Graham will have to take the pass catching responsibilities and Matt Schaub’s primary target in the middle of the field. 2. If there is anytime that the special teams unit needs to step up it has to be this week against the vaunted Bears unit. With arguably the best returner in NFL history, in Devin Hester, the Bears can block punts, cover kicks and return kicks for big games. The Texans need a big, all around performances from any player who lines up  for the special teams units on Sunday and prove they can be difference makers. Coverage teams are going to be a key for the Texans to hold the field position battle. 3. The Texans need to protect the football and win the turnover battle. The Bears live off of defensive scores, but if the Texans can keep the ball in their possession it will force the Bears’ offense and Jay Cutler to beat the Texans. If anything the Texans want Cutler to try to beat them, and with a questionable offensive line in front of him, the pass rush could be huge in the outcome of the game.     You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans.    

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