Texans QB Brock Osweiler leads Houston to victory against Bears

Sep 12, 2016, 01:48
Texans QB Brock Osweiler leads Houston to victory against Bears

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) helps hold a United States flag with police officers and other first responders before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Houston. He's never been known for his pass protection, and despite the excitement his signing generated in March, Bears fans will be holding their breath every time he is left one-on-one with any of the Texans' premier pass rushers.

The standard way to enhance a secondary is to put the quarterback in distress, something the Bears did too infrequently last season (35 total sacks) and did not often enough deliver the kind of assault they mounted against Osweiler last November.

Lamar Miller, also wearing a Texans' uniform for the first time, ran for 106 yards on 28 rushes, and caught four Osweiler passes for 11 yards. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said that although there are always things to work on, Osweiler showed good poise running the offense on Sunday. I think he understands the game, so he understands the situation of where we are in the game, how the game is being played. Houston's DeAndre Hopkins and Chicago's Alshon Jeffery are both Pro Bowlers with All-Pro potential, and both clubs have talented options alongside who are all unproven, with the exception of the Bears' Eddie Royal. "I'm going to carry this through the season". Watt said his back wasn't an issue during the game. The Bears must get running back Jeremy Langford going early to establish the run game. Hopkins caught a 23-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 10-play, 61-yard drive that took 4:49 off the clock. His 18-yard scoring pass to Fuller with 12:44 remaining in the fourth quarter provided the Texans (1-0) the lead for good.

Unfortunately for the Bears, the gap widens considerably when you start to compare defenses. Much like last season, they've made 11th-hour adjustments along the offensive line and reshuffled it just a week before the season.

"The attitude has got to spread like wildfire", said linebacker Danny Trevathan, from Super Bowl champion Denver and voted by teammates as one of the two defensive co-captains with Pernell McPhee. "In the red area you need to score touchdowns". I know red area will be a big focus on this offensive unit moving forward, but bottom line, Week 1 is never ideal.

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