Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/12/12
The Houston Texans (8-1) walked away from Chicago Sunday night with a 13-6 victory over the Chicago Bears (7-2) at Soldier Field.  It was not the prettiest of games due to the rainy and windy weather conditions, and the poor field conditions of Soldier Field.  It rained for quite a bit before this game even started.  Both teams came ino this game with equal 7-1 records, and with everyone talking about them as possible Super Bowl contenders.  In the end Houston was too much for the Bears on this night.  So what did we learn in the Texans victory?1. Lose the Ball, Lose the GameThe Bears where behind the eight ball nearly from the word go with three turnovers in the first quarter.  You can not win a football game when this happens.  The Houston Texans are way to good of a team to just hand the ball to and think they will not make you pay for it.  The Bears of all teams should know this with all the damage they have cause in that regard leading up to this game.  The ball was wet due to the rain, but that is no excuse to not protect the ball.  2. Teams Have to Adjust to the WeatherOther than the turnovers, the biggest reason that the Texans where able to emerge victorious over the Bears was their adjustments to the tough weather conditions.  Houston was trying to go deep in the passing game early, but when they realized it was not working they adjusted.  You saw Houston focus more on the running and short passing game, and it worked!  The Bears never made such an adjustment and in the long run it not only hurt them, but may have been the reason they lost Jay Cutler to a concussion.  Winning teams make adjustments constantly and do not just hold themselves to their game plan like the Bears appeared to do.3. J.J. Watt Can be StoppedThe Bears offensive line has come under alot of fire despite the Bears record this season.  They have really struggled to keep Cutler upright against some of the leagues best pass rushers.  However, they did a tremendous joob of slowing JJ Watt Sunday night.  Let's not forget though that the Bears O line did not do it alone they had help from the fullbacks, and tight ends battling Watt. Watt finished the game with only two tackles and one quarterback hit.  Considering that Watt was being touted as a possible defensive player of the year, that is a tremendous job by the Bears offensive line.  Dont be surprised to start seeing other teams emulating what the Bears did in this game to essentially shut Watt down.   4.You Can Not Stop Arian FosterYou can not stop Arian Foster, you can only hope to contain him.  The Bears defense has been stout all year, particularly against the run.  Foster still had a huge game even against the Bears highly ranked run defense. Foster had trouble finding space early, but the Texans kept feeding him the ball leading to 102 yards on 29 carries. While those may not be mind blowing numbers, against this Bears defense it really is.  It is games like thesse that can propel a player like Arian Foster to offensive player of the year honors.5. The Texans ARE the Best team in the AFCThere was little doubt that the Texans where one of the best teams in the AFC heading into Sunday night's matchup, but this victory solidifies their spot at the top of the AFC.  When you can go into a very hostile teritory and against such a dfensively strong team like the Bears and win you are among the best.  The Texans offense did not put up a lot of points against the Bears, but they didnt have to with what their dfense was able to accomplish inn shutting the Bears offense out of the endzone.  Combine the weapons on the Texans offense with the strong defense and you may have the team hoisting the Lombardi trophy in New Orleand this February.
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