Found November 12, 2012 on
State of the Texans:
Talk about a heavyweight bout, the Houston Texans went into Soldier Field and came out with a huge 13-6 win against the Chicago Bears. In a rainy setting on a sloppy field, the Texans were able to put together enough offense, play stout defense and put together enough special teams coverage to come out with a huge win.
- Don’t look now but Kareem Jackson is turning into a special player for the Texans. His coverage skills were impressive when he was running stride for stride with Devin Hester, and showed some good ball skills with a key interception of Jay Culter. Add in his big tackle of Hester on a key third down play, Jackson showed Texans’ fans that this is what he was drafted for. It might have taken some time for him to get here, but it has been impressive to watch this season.
- The tone was set early on the first play of defense when Danieal Manning put a big hit on Bears tight end Kellen Davis after a reception, causing an early fumble and swinging the tide in the Texans favor. Throw in a big interception near the goal line, Manning had some impact plays against his former team. He missed two more interceptions later on in the game too. Manning is playing at a high level and turning into a real leader in the secondary.
- Tim Dobbins and Bradie James played well on the inside for the defense and combined for 15 total tackles and two fumble recoveries. They played down hill the entire night in the run game attacking the Bears’ running game. This could have easily been the best effort from the two. If James and Dobbins can keep up this level of play, the defense will be just fine.
- Garrett Graham had the catch of the night when he broke a Brian Urlacher tackle to move the Texans into closer range for kicker Shayne Graham to extend the lead to seven. That play is what the Texans are all about, always fighting, and those extra five yards proved huge for Graham’s field goal.
- Jared Crick and Earl Mitchell gave some good snaps tonight in the run game inside the trenches. Down a starter with Shaun Cody out, Crick and Mitchell picked up the slack on the interior of the defense and plugged some running lanes against the Bears. The two have been coming on of late and this was a good sample size of what they can do with extended snaps.
- Arian Foster was a man on a mission in the first half and he scored on a pass from Matt Schaub diving at the goal line to make the catch. Foster ended the night with 102 rushing yards on 29 carries and 15 receiving yards on 3 catches. He looked fast in the first half before the field got chopped up and muddy, and seeing him look fast through the holes was a good sight to see again.
- Matt Schaub had an evening he would like to forget, going 14/26 for 95 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He looked out of tune after Tim Jennings picked him off twice, and the weather seemed to take away the down field passing game. The Bears’ defense kept Schaub from getting comfortable in the pocket and threw off the rhythm of the offense the entire night. Even in a bad night, he made the one big throw to Foster for the touchdown which proved enough for a big road win.
- The offensive line had some tough sledding in the second half, but in the first half they dominated the Bears in the run game. We don’t know if the field had something to do with it but the second half was a different story when the Bears took over and shut down the offense. There is still work to be done but it is good to see flashes of the offensive line coming together.
- The special teams coverage teams played outstanding tonight keeping Devin Hester under control in the return game. The Texans looked under control and finally showed some life in controlling their lanes in coverage. They also had a big kick return negated by a holding call on Crick, but they have been showing some life of late. Let’s see if the improvement continues later into the season.
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