Texans Knock Out Jay Cutler In Gritty Win Over Bears 11/12/12
Arian Foster finished with 102 yards rushing and a touchdown catch, and the Houston Texans intercepted Jay Cutler twice before knocking him out of the game with a concussion on their way to a 13-6 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.
In a showdown between two of the NFL's best teams, the Texans (8-1) beat the Bears (7-2) at their own game. They came away with four takeaways and Tim Dobbins delivered the biggest blow when he drove his helmet into Cutler late in the second quarter.
Foster was the only reliable offensive weapon on either side, particularly in the first half when he ran for 85 yards and made a sprawling catch for a 2-yard touchdown to put Houston ahead 10-3.
It wasn't pretty, but the Houston Texans found a way to get the win.
Now the Texans (8-1) are preparing for one of the NFL's worst teams in Jacksonville, focused on improving as they inch closer to their goal of reaching the Super Bowl.
Coach Gary Kubiak believes Sunday's win will help his team in the future. He says: "The more ways you find to win in this league, you get more confidence."
He says winning a tough game on the road was particularly important with games at New England and Indianapolis coming up in the second half of the season.
Kubiak sees the Texans maturing, and knows that will be key if they hope to become a championship team.
TOP PERFORMERS SUNDAY NIGHT:
Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 95 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 29 CAR, 102 YDS
Receiving: B. Marshall (CHI) - 8 REC, 107 YDS
2012 OVERALL NFL RANKINGS:
Passing Yards: 217.6 (23rd Overall)
Rushing Yards: 136.8 (8th Overall)
Opp. Passing Yards: 196.0 (3rd Overall)
Opp. Rushing Yards: 85.6 (3rd Overall)
2012 TEAM LEADERS:
Matt Schaub: 173-275, 2013 YDS., 13 TDs
T.J. Yates: 2-5, 23 YDS.
Arian Foster: 221 ATT., 872 YDS., 10 TD
Ben Tate: 43 ATT., 178 YDS., 2 TD
Andre Johnson: 46 REC., 597 YDS., 2 TD
Owen Daniels: 37 REC., 478 YDS., 5 TD
2012 AFC SOUTH STANDINGS: