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Can J.J. Watt lead the Texans to an upset over the Bears?
Our final upset alert features the marquis matchup of Week 10 when the Houston Texans (7-1) visit the Chicago Bears (7-1) on Sunday Night Football. With a combined record of 14-2, these teams have been dominating in their respective conferences. The Bears are favored by just one point.
Home-field advantage in the playoffs is at stake, so there is a lot riding on this game. A national audience will be tuning in to see which team is able to make a statement. The winner will be one step closer to locking up a home playoff game.
Since these teams are so evenly matched, that is the main reason for the one-point spread. Both teams offer up a strong defense and a balanced offensive attack. It is not out of the question that these teams could wind up meeting again in the postseason. Of course, if that were to happen, it would be in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.
There was a tweet from Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle that provides a little preview of what Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wants to do to Bears WR Brandon Marshall in this game.
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For the Texans to pull off the upset, the offense will have to do an excellent job of keeping the football away from the Bears defense. The Bears defense has been creating turnovers and scoring touchdowns at an alarming rate. Any time you have a pick-six, it is a huge momentum changing play. Chicago has turned the feat seven times this year.
Matt Schaub will need to keep the chains moving by handing the ball off to Arian Foster and by finding Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels down the field. Foster has a history of taking care of the football, but you know the Bears defense will be doing whatever they can to try to strip it away.
On defense, the Texans have a dangerous defensive line that offers multiple talents that can rush Jay Cutler.
The Bears' offensive line will be under the spotlight to see if they can prevent the Texans from picking up more than five sacks. If the Texans secondary applies tight pressure to take away the short passing game, J.J. Watt could have a field day with the Bears' offensive line.
This promises to be an entertaining game and will be a hard-hitting affair. This contest offers up a number of viable candidates for consideration of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
It will be interesting to see who is able to step up and raise their game to another level. This could easily be viewed as a pick-em game, which is a testament to how good both teams are.
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