The Chicago Bears escaped the first two difficult games at 1-1. None had happened. So there is an opportunity for them to gain ground in the NFC. It begins with Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. While their opponent is winless, both of their games have been close. They drew the Indianapolis Colts and lost by touchdown to Denver. So it’s not wise to assume that the Bears can win this easily.
That said, it is a game that they have a favorable chance of pulling off. It depends on how they respond to that bad alarm in Green Bay. The first signs indicate a frustrated team and an anxiety to get back to work. This suggests that they will be ready to go on Sunday. It may not be the breakout everyone wants, but there are no extra points to the style. The only thing that everyone cares about is a win.
The Chicago Bears face an interesting match against Houston
The national broadcast will try to get a lot out of Lovie Smith’s return to Chicago. It does not matter. With all due respect, Smith quit being the Bears’ head coach a decade ago. Although his assignment was the second most successful of the Super Bowl era, the fans have long since moved on. No, this game will focus on the two young quarterbacks, Justin Fields and David Mills.
They both struggled to start the season. Fields averages 95.5 yards through two games with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Mills was not much better, completing only 56% of his passes with two touchdowns and three fumbles. He has also been fired six times. Everyone needs a rebound game after frustrating losses in week 2. Anyone who succeeds could create vital momentum starting in October.
Roquan Smith (hip) – Not only did Smith struggle in the defeat to Green Bay, but he is now facing an injury that knocked him out of practice on Wednesday. The linebacker is desperate to play well with a profitable contract in the state. It seems that luck is turning against him. The Chicago Bears are hoping he can still play, considering how weak their running defense has been since the start of the season.
Malik Collins (knee) – Houston’s inside defensive line was already a problem when everyone was fine. Their passing run is not good and their running defense could be much worse. So losing a veteran starter like Collins hurts. He is one of the few in that group who can at least be counted on to know his duties. Timing could also be negative, with the Bears’ internal offensive line recovering.
Darnell Mooney vs. Derek Stingley Jr. – Chicago failed to get its best receiver through for two weeks. Mooney has two catches for four yards. They will focus on getting him to kick in this game and look for matchups against the Texans’ cornerback rookie. Stingley is talented but has shown his inexperience on several occasions. Mooney’s speed and routing could give him problems.
Justin Jones vs. Scott Quessenberry – Texas starting center Justin Britt is out with an injury. This puts Quessenberry as a substitute. He is a veteran but has a dubious track record in pass protection. Jones didn’t generate much pressure for the Bears during the first two weeks. With a reserve center and a young quarterback with limited mobility, this could be his biggest opportunity.
Brandin Cuochi (WR) – The speedy wide receiver may be among the most underrated in the NFL. He so far he has been the focal point of Houston’s pass bout, with 22 goals. This is at least more than the next closest receiver. Mills will look to him several times in the game. The Bears have to make sure they don’t let him go deep because he can change momentum with a great game. Sammy Watkins proved it last week.
This is a superhero escape #orsi David Montgomery.
Give me all the crow, Sunday was shockingly good on the second level. Absolutely heroic performance, almost impracticable.
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– Robert Schmitz (@robertkschmitz) September 20, 2022
David Montgomery (RB) Houston’s defense is 30th in the NFL against running. They have 27 missed tackles. Montgomery leads all running backs with eight broken tackles in two games. Sounds like a recipe for disaster from a Texan’s point of view. Chicago has shown a willingness to feed Montgomery. If he gets to the second level often enough, he could make life miserable for their defense.
Prediction: The Bears win 24-20
This is the first game in which the Chicago Bears seem to fit in well with their opponent. Houston struggles to stop running and is vulnerable to the deep pass. Their pass protection is inconsistent and they don’t have a proven running game. The Bears are back at Soldier Field with a chip on their backs after what happened last week. If they can avoid too many mistakes, they should win this game.