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Texans vs. Bears

May the 'gooder' good guys win
Barrett Walton, 4:41pm, Fri. Nov. 9, 2012
Coming out of the bye week, Houston beat the Bills 21-9 in a contest that surprised some because the Bills are one of those teams that you would expect the Texans to destroy.

The opposite is true, and that game played out better than I expected. I felt confident that the Texans would come away with a win in Mario Williamsʼ homecoming, but Buffalo is a very talented team offensively and they have skill in spots on the defense as well.

Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams was ferocious all game constantly destroying the zone running game in single-handed J.J. Watt fashion.

What Buffalo lacks is a good coordinator on defense to put it all together and Houston was able to pick them apart through the air. Andre Johnson had a field day against 10- and 15-yard cushions on a regular basis.

It wouldnʼt be possible to give Wade Phillips enough credit for Houstonʼs weekly defensive dominance. The Texans certainly have a plethora of talent on that side of the ball thanks to great drafts headed by Vice President and General Manager Rick Smith, but itʼs what Phillips has done as a coordinator that really makes this unit dominate.

The Buffalo Bills run a spread offense with three and four receiver sets that are designed to get their two running backs in space by forcing defenses into dime packages and thinning out the middle of the field. Wade Phillips did the opposite.

“They were playing seven big guys in the box against our three wide sets,” said Gailey in quotes released by the Texans. “You’re trying to run them out of that. You’re trying to throw the football to run them out of it and we weren’t able to do it.“

Houston held the Bills to three field goals on three separate trips to the red zone and while it wasnʼt the blow-out win that many fans were expecting, it was good enough to win and win decisively.

The Texans game plan should actually be very similar next week. Two of the good guys in the NFL face off this Sunday night as Gary "Gee-Golly-Gosh" Kubiak brings his team into Chicago to face Lovie "Dubby-Warm-n-Fuzzy" Smith.

I say that in fun, but not in jest. I consider both men to be two of the higher quality individuals you will will find in the National Football League.

As it turns out, they happen to coach two of the finer football teams in that league as well.

Chicago has taken the ball away a ridiculous 28 times while Houston has only given it over to the opposition on six occasions, both are best in the league.

The team that wins the turnover battle will win this game. I expect that team to be Houston who has a better offense that specializes in ball control. Itʼs going to be a good test for the Texans and hereʼs hoping that the “gooder” good guys come away with a “W” on Sunday night. I think they will.

Prediction:

Texans 23 - Bears 13

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