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[caption id="attachment_10335" align="alignleft" width="300"] Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off after throwing an interception to the Houston Texans in the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)[/caption]
The Houston Texans simply made more plays than the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. It's that simple.
The Texans came away with a 13-6 victory over the Bears to snap Chicago's six game winning streak and drop the Bears to 7-2 on the season.
Arian Foster's touchdown catch late in the second quarter put the Texans up 10-3, but it proved to be the difference maker in this one.
Jay Cutler didn't come out of the locker room to start the second half. He was diagnosed with a concussion and was forced to sit out the rest of the action.
He completed seven passes for 40 yards and two interceptions in the first half.
The Bears had four turnovers in the first half, while the Texans had two.
Michael Bush and Kellen Davis each had fumbles. Cutler's first interception was on a pass intended for Davis in Texans territory.
His second pick came on a underthrown ball to Brandon Marshall.
Campbell came into the game in the second half and completed 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards. The Bears didn't really take any chances with him under center as he often looked for the check down throw to either Matt Forte or Matt Spaeth.
Outside of Brandon Marshall no receiver really stepped it up for the Bears. Devin Hester had a big second quarter catch called back after Cutler was flagged for throwing passed the line of scrimmage.
On that same play he was hit hard by Texans' LB Tim Dobbins and he clearly wasn't the same after that. Hopefully he will be okay to play next Monday night when the Bears travel to San Francisco.
Kellen Davis played his way out of a starting job on Sunday night. He fumbled on his only catch of the day and ran a lazy route on Cutler's first interception. He was targeted five times and came up with only one catch, which he fumbled away.
Despite Marshall's impressive numbers (13 receptions for 107 yards), he dropped some catchable balls. One of those passes was a nice throw from Cutler that should have been a touchdown, but just slipped out of Marshall's hands.
The Texans' defense played a stellar game allowing the Bears to convert only two times on third down. They held Matt Forte to 39 yards on 16 carries.
As well as the Bears' defense played this unit can't win this team games every week. They held Texans QB Matt Schaub to 95 yards passing and the Texans to just 215 yards of total offense. Really what more can you ask for out of these guys?
CB Tim Jennings added two interceptions to increase his season total to eight, which is one more than his career total.
The Bears' offense was just bad all night. Outside of Marshall no one really did anything.
Left guard Chilo Rachal had two costly penalties. But the offensive line wasn't the problem as they allowed zero sacks on the night.
The play calling was predictable. The running game wasn't working at all.
The Bears didn't really try anything downfield once Cutler left the game, which haunted them down the stretch.
Offensive coordinator Mike Tice has to tweak some things on offense heading into the coming weeks.
First off Kellen Davis is not the answer at tight end. He blocked poorly and he dropped some catchable balls. The Bears should give youngsters Kyle Adams and Evan Rodriguez some more looks.
They need to work the ball to the middle of the field to Forte. I understood the running game wasn't working, but Forte was consistently open in the middle field and the Bears' offense failed to take advantage of that.
Whoever is under center next week, whether it is Cutler or Campbell they need to gain yards on first downs. The Bears struggled on many drives on Sunday night because they couldn't get anything going on first or second down, which really hurt them in the end.
The defense needs to keep doing what they're doing because they're the biggest reason this team is 7-2 right now.
Things will get better for this offense. They just need to fix some things to make those improvements, if not I don't see this team winning many more games.
Losing to an AFC opponent like the Texans isn't the worst thing in the world considering its not a conference or division game.
We know one thing for sure after Sunday night, the Bears shouldn't have let safety Danieal Manning go two seasons ago. That can flat out play.
Keep your head up Bears. First place and a first-round bye is still in your sights. At least it should be. Right?
NFC North standings:
The Bears head to San Francisco to battle the 49ers (6-2-1).
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