TEXANS START STRONG WITH 23-14 VICTORY OVER BEARS
by: Michael Tula (BTP Sports)
September 11th, 2016 — The Houston Texans prevailed in their season opener with a 23-14 win over the Chicago Bears.
The much anticipated debut of Texans QB Brock Osweiler got off to a bumpy start as he finished the 1st quarter completing 5 of 7 passes for 16yds and an INT. On Houston’s opening drive, Bears CB Tracy Porter intercepted a Brock Osweiler pass intended for Hopkins. Chicago subsequently drove down the field and capitalized off that early turnover with a 1-yd TD run by RB Jeremy Langford.
Bears QB Jay Cutler started off hot as he regularly found Eddie Royal & Alshon Jeffery in the first half. He connected with Jeffery in the first half on deep passes of 29 & 54 yards — the latter which set up a 19 yard dart to Eddie Royal to cap a late 2nd quarter drive that put Chicago up 14-13 at the
half. Those would be the last points that the Texans would surrender the rest of the game.
Whitney Mercilus led the defense with 2 sacks and a forced fumble. Houston sacked Cutler 5 times on the day and tacked on an interception courtesy of Texans saftey Andre Hal.
Lamar Miller managed to have a good game in spite of the injuries to the texans offensive line as he totaled 106 yards rushing on 28 carries. Rookie Vincent Fuller had a promising debut as he totaled 5 receptions for 107 yards and a TD — making him the first receiver in franchise history to debut with 100 yards receiving.
Houston converted on 12/20 third downs as they took control of this game in the 4th quarter enroute to their 23-14 win. Osweiler led the Texans balanced attack as he finished 22/35 for 231 yards and 2 TDs with 1INT.
“There was nothing about the game that was perfect, but we just kept playing…and we made the big plays when we needed to,” said Osweiler after the game.
The Texans hope to build off their opening day win as they face Kansas City at NRG Stadium next week.