Welcome to another season of Chicago Bears football.   Unfortunately it looked really familiar to recent Bears seasons which have ended in losing seasons and coaches getting fired all too frequently as the Bears fell to the Houston Texans 23-14.    The Bears spent their offseason beefing up their defense and improving their team speed.   All those acquisitions did not seem to matter as the Bears could not stop the fastest guy on the field in wide receiver Will Fuller for the for the Texans.  Fuller torched the Bears for 5 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.  He also dropped another for sure touchdown near the end of the first half.

Chicago’s offense had a familiar blah feeling as they rushed for a meager 73 yards and Jay Cutler looked like Jay Cutler, pre- Adam Gase.   Cutler was 16 for 29 for 216 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.   He also fumbled twice.  As Matt Forte had over 100 total yards today for the Jets, we are still here wondering if Jeremy Langford can be an every down back.  Langford  rushed 17 times for 57 yards for a horrid 3.4 yards a carry.  Because of the awful running game and some Cutler mishaps, Chicago was 4 of 13 on third down conversions and Cutler was sacked 5 times.   You are not going to beat a whole lot of teams doing that.

Chicago’s defense did some good things but not enough.    Houston was routinely in 3rd and 1 and 3rd and 2 to go situations making it all to easy for Houston to stay on the field.  Houston was 12 for 20 in 3rd down situations.  Brock Osweiler  was 22-35 for 231 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception for the Texans. Terry Porter had the first quarter interception and Leonard Floyd, Eddie Goldman and Danny Trevathan combined for 2 sacks.   Trevathan and new free agent pickup Jerrell Freeman combined for 28 tackles, 1 sack and 2 tackles for loss.   The rest of the team just couldn’t match their level of play.  The Bears top corner, Kyle Fuller did not dress, which is bizarre because he has been practicing since Monday but apparently the Bears did not think he was ready to play this week.

The Bears return home to Soldier Field next week for their home opener on Monday Night Football on 9/19 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.   Even though they lost today, Chicago has a chance to turn their season around as the next 2 weeks are against rookie quarterbacks.

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