Bears Fan - Good Game Guys (and gals)
Hello everyone. I was going to chat with you all a little before the game but I wasn't activated in time. My fault for waiting a little too long to sign up.
Anyway, the gist of the game went about how I expected it to go. Low scoring where the team that made less mistakes (or the defense that caused the most havoc) and took advantage of scoring when they could came out with the win. I saw some predictions of a lot of points on here and I couldn't understand it since these teams do not give up a lot of points. It doesn't matter so much who a team plays as what a team does. Just watching these defenses should tell anyone that they are two of the best in the NFL.
It was tight and could have gone either way. Marshall makes that TD catch, which is the type of catch that he has made all year and Gould makes that FG which under 50 is expected to be near automatic for him regardless of conditions and it goes the other way. That's football though and top teams make the plays when they need them. The Texans did that and the Bears didn't.
It would have been nice to see Cutler finish the game. He was getting good protection for once (the weather undoubtedly slowed down your pass rush, as well as the Bears' pass rush - I expected a lot more than 1 sack between the teams in this game) and he, along with the rest of the team, are usually better in the second half of games than the first half. Not saying the outcome would have changed but I would have liked to have seen it so that I wouldn't wonder about it. On that thought, nice play by Manning to bait him into that throw for one of his picks.
Foster was getting some good runs in the first half. It was a little surprising to me since the Bears are very good at stopping the run. They were number one in the league last week before the second team came in early in the 4th and immediately gave up an 80 yard TD run. They tightened up in the second half as I expected but the damage was done. Props to Foster and your offensive scheme.
For the Bears, despite the turnovers and dropped passes, I thought the biggest mistake that they made was not getting Bush involved in the running game as the feature back for this game. Forte is good but despite what the announcers were saying about "Bear weather" he is a finesse type of player. He does not play his best in those conditions. Forte is the main back but teams need to do what needs to be done when the game calls for it.
Your defense is very good and your secondary played great. Overall I thought it was an ugly game from both sides. Both teams could have played a lot better, at least offensively, in my opinion. Defensively, they both did what they do. I'm not trying to make this into a "Bears lost the game" type of post because like I said teams step up when they need to and both teams play in the same conditions.
Anway, anything that I say can apply to the other team in more optimal playing conditions and I realize that. There are no excuses. You either win or lose. I'm not mad at the result, I'm just disappointed in the offenses ineptness. Most of it was due to your stout defense but some of it was self inflicted. Pros need to make catches that hit them in the hands. Unfortunately, for Bears TE (Davis), it's all too common of a sight, even in a dome. He is a huge guy but he plays so small and he has butterfingers.
From what I have seen of the AFC teams, I think that your team is the best out of the rest. They are certainly the most well-rounded. I wouldn't mind seeing your team make it to the Super Bowl. I have nothing against your franchise. I respect them. If the Bears can get their offense on track then maybe the Bears will be there to see you again. If not and your team gets there, I hope they beat whoever comes out of the NFC and they win it all.
Good win Texas fans. Congratulations. Best of luck through the rest of the season - avoid anymore major injuries. Beat down the Pats, Steelers, Ravens and the rest.