by James Turnage:
Sunday night the Houston Texans travel to Chicago to play the Bears. It’s fitting that this will be the only game fans can watch that evening.
Houston has proven itself to be one of the best teams in football, certainly the best in the AFC. Quarterback Matt Schaub has developed into the team leader and has the skills and intelligence to run the offense. He is fortunate to have Arian Foster, one of two best running backs in football, and Andre Johnson, a receiver who often requires double coverage.
On the defensive side of the ball there is talent at every position, led by all world defensive lineman J.J. Watt. The defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips had trouble when he was the head coach in Dallas, but he is masterfully coaching a feared defense in Houston.
The Bears’ defense is being compared to the great 1985 team. It may be a fair comparison. I am not alone in believing that Lance Briggs is one of the most underrated players in the game. All eleven players make up an excellent unit and play as one.
The only question about the Bears is which Jay Cutler will be on the field? No one doubts his physical ability, but his emotions often lead him into bad decisions. He needs to trust his excellent running back Matt Forte, who finally appears to be healthy. Brandon Marshall, who was Cutler’s teammate in Denver is a good receiver and a big target, but sometimes he has a tendency to drop passes. And Cutler cannot make him his only target. Johnny Knox is a very good receiver when he is given the chance.
It should be fun to watch. Besides, it’s the only game of the week when I can tolerate the announcers.