After a shaky start on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, the Houston Texans were able to dominate the Chicago Bears throughout the second half and come away with a 23-14 week one win.
On the game’s opening drive, Texans quarterback, Brock Osweiler, looked like he was going to drive the team down the field, and then threw an interception to defensive back Tracy Porter. Chicago’s offense was able to put seven points on the board off of the turnover.
Texans running back Lamar Miller put in a lot of work as Houston began moving the ball and was a huge part of the first scoring drive for Houston which ended in a field goal. Osweiler then led his team down the field for another score, connecting on a 23 yard pass with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the end zone.
The Texans defense continued struggling to find a way to defend the Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, and Chicago was able to add another touchdown and retake the lead as the first half came to an end. Houston was able to work out a few kinks and never looked back once the second half started.
On Chicago’s first drive with the ball during the third quarter, Andre Hal was able to intercept Jay Cutler and Nick Novak connected on a field goal that cut the Bears lead down to one point. Houston was then able to put together another touchdown drive that ended with a screen to Texans wide receiver, Will Fuller, who has able to run with the ball 19 yards to the end zone.
The Texans defense then turned up the heat on the Chicago offense and Whitney Mercilus was able to strip sack Cutler, which led to another Houston field goal off of the turnover.
For as banged up as they were, the Houston offensive line played a lot better than many was expecting. They gave their quarterback enough time to complete 22-35 passes and accumulate 231 yards in the process. Despite losing a fumble that Houston was able to recover, running back Lamar Miller was also able to be productive, running the ball 28 times for 106 yards.
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The player that stood out the most Sunday for the Houston Texans offense would have to be rookie wide receiver, Will Fuller. In his first regular season game, Fuller set a team record for Houston with for the most yards by a wide receiver in their NFL debut. He was able to rack up 107 yards on five receptions. I also kept my eye on Jadeveon Clowney throughout the game. He was able to get off to a great start this season with three solo tackles and sacking Jay Cutler once.
The Texans will look to get some revenge next week when they play host to the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City beat up on Houston last year in the playoffs and ended the season for the Texans. Houston will need to find a way to play the entire game next week like they did in the second half against the Bears if they want to make it to 2-0.