Texans escape turnover-prone Bears, improve to 8-1
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Matt Schaub hit running back Arian Foster with a two-yard touchdown pass as the Houston Texans capitalized on four turnovers by the Chicago Bears en route to a 13-6 victory on a rainy and windy Sunday at Soldier Field.
Schaub completed 14 of 26 passes for 95 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as the Texans grabbed their third straight win to improve their AFC South best record to 8-1.
Aside from tallying the game’s only touchdown, Foster added 102 yards on 29 carries while wide receiver Andre Johnson garnered 35 yards on four catches for the Texans.
Led by strong safety and former Bear Danieal Manning, the Texans forced the Bears (7-2) to four turnovers in the first half.
In his return to Chicago where he played the first five seasons of his career, Manning had an interception and forced fumble.
Free safety Glover Quin forced another fumble and cornerback Kareem Jackson had an interception to help the Texans survive Schaub’s two picks and a season-low 215 yards of offense.
The Texans also knocked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game with a concussion in the second quarter. He went 7-of-14 for 40 yards, two interceptions and a 16.7 passer rating in the first half.
Bears coach Lovie Smith told reporters Cutler started feeling symptoms of a concussion during halftime. He’s “hopeful” Cutler will play next week against the San Francisco 49ers.
Cutler is the third quarterback to suffer a concussion Sunday, joining Alex Smith and Michael Vick. Bears teammate Shea McClellin also left against the Texans with a concussion.
Jason Campbell replaced Cutler and performed no better, completing 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards and two interceptions.
The Texans opened the game with a 20-yard field goal from Shayne Graham but Robbie Gould responded with a 51-yard field goal of his own in the second period to tie the count.
Schaub then led the Texans to a seven-play, 66-yard drive that he capped with a two-yard touchdown pass to Foster for a 10-3 lead at the break.
Gould brought the Bears within 10-6 with a 24-yard field goal in the third but Graham sealed the win with a 42-yard boot in the fourth period.