Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/21/14
When the Chicago Bears (7-1) and Houston Texans (7-1) meet in Soldier Field on Sunday Night Football, it will be a meeting between two of the top teams in the NFL. The Bears and Texans will undoubtedly be the top matchup in Week 10.These teams mirror each other in the fact that they both have very stout defenses that are backed by solid running games.  In a strange but true fact both of these teams' only loss has been to the Green Bay Packers. Whichever team wins this battle on Chicago's lakefront Sunday night will arguably be the NFL's top team.Whoever Runs the Ball Better Wins This GameAs mentioned earlier, both of these teams can run the ball very well. Houston has one of the league's best all around running backs in Arian Foster. Since bursting on the scene early in the 2010 Foster has been a force to be reckoned with. Foster is an impressive runner who is patient and knows how to find his spots, if the Bears do not find a way to contain him the Texans will win t...
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  • I don't see the Bears OL keeping the Texans' passrush away from Cutler for long. They have given up 28 versus Houston's 10.
    On the other side, Schaub will throw it away first, if the play isn't there. He is much more disciplined than Cutler. The fact that Houston makes any play off the same sets has been near impossible to stop. GB had a hot hand from AR, but Cutler ain't no Rodgers.
    Forte is no Foster and has been stopped. Foster has yet to be a target for Schaub because there are so many other weapons available.
    The Bears don't have the arsenal, but I assume they will go with a short passing game and go for HR's with Marshall. The Texans' weak spot is up the gut and short middle screens ordelays to RB/TE, but expect adjustments there. Marshall will get his catches, but not the big plays.
    The weather will favor the Bears' strip game, but the Texans' know a thing or two about ball control and takeaways, with the fewest turnovers. Unless Chicago has plus 3 or better in TO's, their offense will spend a lot of time resting. TOP is a key.
    Much has been written and said about da Bears' vaunted defense while Houston gets the "Red-headed step-child" treatment as if it's JJ Watt and the "other guys" on the team.
    Watch for Mercilus and Crick to break out of the rookie shell and wreak some havoc this week. Both are 1st round talent and the Texans' stole Crick in the later rounds.
    Texans' fun facts: They have 2 DB from 2010 draft (2/4th rounds) who are still waiting theirturns. James Casey has the best hands on the team, can play anywhere(QB, WR, LB, S in college, MLB draftee

    Update: November 10, 2012
    I don't see the Bears OL keeping the Texans' passrush away from Cutler for long. They have given up 28 versus Houston's 10.
    On the other side, Schaub will throw it away first, if the play isn't there. He is much more disciplined than Cutler. The fact that Houston makes any play off the same sets has been near impossible to stop. GB had a hot hand from AR, but Cutler ain't no Rodgers.
    Forte is no Foster and has been stopped. Foster has yet to be a target for Schaub because there are so many other weapons available.
    The Bears don't have the arsenal, but I assume they will go with a short passing game and go for HR's with Marshall. The Texans' weak spot is up the gut and short middle screens ordelays to RB/TE, but expect adjustments there. Marshall will get his catches, but not the big plays.
    The weather will favor the Bears' strip game, but the Texans' know a thing or two about ball control and takeaways, with the fewest turnovers. Unless Chicago has plus 3 or better in TO's, their offense will spend a lot of time resting. TOP is a key.
    Much has been written and said about da Bears' vaunted defense while Houston gets the "Red-headed step-child" treatment as if it's JJ Watt and the "other guys" on the team.
    Watch for Mercilus and Crick to break out of the rookie shell and wreak some havoc this week. Both are 1st round talent and the Texans' stole Crick in the later rounds.
    Texans' fun facts: They have 2 DB from 2010 draft (2/4th rounds) who are still waiting theirturns. James Casey has the best hands on the team, can play anywhere(QB, WR, LB, S in college, MLB draftee, he's more of a factor every week, could have a great game in the mud. LeStar Jean may surprise.
    Let's not forget the best receiver in the game over the oast 10 yyears, Andre Johnson is back, healthy and hungry, to his old form and dominance, after nearly 2 years of nagging injuries and rehab. If he does NOT have a big game, it means someone else is.
    Houston has too many weapons, even with Tate out and Owen Daniels hurting. Looking forward to a great game!

    Update: November 10, 2012
    I don't see the Bears OL keeping the Texans' passrush away from Cutler for long. They have given up 28 versus Houston's 10.
    On the other side, Schaub will throw it away first, if the play isn't there. He is much more disciplined than Cutler. The fact that Houston makes any play off the same sets has been near impossible to stop. GB had a hot hand from AR, but Cutler ain't no Rodgers.
    Forte is no Foster and has been stopped. Foster has yet to be a target for Schaub because there are so many other weapons available.
    The Bears don't have the arsenal, but I assume they will go with a short passing game and go for HR's with Marshall. The Texans' weak spot is up the gut and short middle screens ordelays to RB/TE, but expect adjustments there. Marshall will get his catches, but not the big plays.
    The weather will favor the Bears' strip game, but the Texans' know a thing or two about ball control and takeaways, with the fewest turnovers. Unless Chicago has plus 3 or better in TO's, their offense will spend a lot of time resting. TOP is a key.
    Much has been written and said about da Bears' vaunted defense while Houston gets the "Red-headed step-child" treatment as if it's JJ Watt and the "other guys" on the team.
    Watch for Mercilus and Crick to break out of the rookie shell and wreak some havoc this week. Both are 1st round talent and the Texans' stole Crick in the later rounds.
    Texans' fun facts: They have 2 DB from 2010 draft (2/4th rounds) who are still waiting theirturns. James Casey has the best hands on the team, can play anywhere(QB, WR, LB, S in college, MLB draftee, he's more of a factor every week, could have a great game in the mud. LeStar Jean may surprise.
    Let's not forget the best receiver in the game over the oast 10 yyears, Andre Johnson is back, healthy and hungry, to his old form and dominance, after nearly 2 years of nagging injuries and rehab. If he does NOT have a big game, it means someone else is.
    Houston has too many weapons, even with Tate out and Owen Daniels hurting. Looking forward to a great game!
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