March 22, 2018

Bears Primer: Three Things to Watch

A big test is 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 a stepping stone into the second half of the season.  More importantly, if the Texans can pull this game out, it can be another confidence booster to an already confident team.

Let’s 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





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 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 any time 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 performance 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.



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