BEARS MAUL TEXANS, 36-7
Reaction: Texans got pantsed by the Bears
The Texans vs the Bears matchup was supposed to be one in which Deshaun Watson showed the Bears why they should've taken him number two overall instead of Mitch Trubisky in the 2017 draft. This was supposed to be a step in the right direction, a get right game after suffering that crushing defeat to the Colts. Instead, the Texans got pantsed by the Bears in an embarrassing 36-7 loss. There was little to nothing that worked in their favor.
The offense looked disjointed. Typically, the four and five wide look with hurry-up tempo works. As of late, the Bears defense has been pretty bad. Neither of these things held true as the Bears forced two fumbles, got seven sacks, and held Watson to just 219 yards passing. If it weren't for several Watson scrambles and extending plays, this offense would've looked even worse. Tim Kelly has done a masterful job at times calling plays. For whatever reason, he was off his game against the Bears. Combine that with Watson not having weapons around him, a porous offensive line, and a Bears defense that came to play, it was bound to end in a flaming disaster.
The Texans defense was as putrid as it has ever been. The tackling was just awful and that was apparent on the Bears' first play from scrimmage as David Montgomery took it 80 yards for a touchdown. Justin Reid is not playing to the level that made him a steal in the third round of the 2018 draft. When two of your defensive backs lead the team in tackling, that's usually a sign that the front seven wasn't playing well. The defense did manage to get three sacks, but they also made Trubisky's nickname "Maserati Mitch" hold true for this game. He went 24/33 for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He started by completing his first nine pass attempts and never looked back. I get that there is a talent deficiency, but you'd think Anthony Weaver and Romeo Crennel could come up with a better gameplan against a team whose offense has been so bad this season.
One of the bright spots was running back Buddy Howell. He looked decisive and hit holes aggressively. If Duke Johnson is banged up, Howell should get the bulk of the carries moving forward. Chad Hansen had a decent game. He caught all seven targets thrown his way for 56 yards. Watson seems to have taken a liking to him.
The failure to make any meaningful adjustments shows how inept this staff is. Anyone who thinks any of these guys should be back in any form or fashion is delusional and should be placed under a mental health warrant. The only coach on this staff that may get any remote consideration on sticking around is Kelly. His chemistry with Watson after Bill O'Brien was fired has been impressive. Weaver should be fired immediately. The lack of care and negative body language of the defensive unit was very evident. If your players won't play hard for you, what good are you as a coach? That said, I still think the next head coach should be an offensive-minded guy who can get the most out of Watson. The offseason can't get here quick enough.