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The Chicago Bears enter the toughest part of their season this week against the Houston Texans.
Lucky for Chicago, they get the AFC's best team at home and actually match up pretty well against them.
Most would agree, the Bears have the better defense. They have been more dominant, causing turnovers and scoring a lot of points. They have given up fewer points than Houston's has and haven't been blown out like the Texans were against Green Bay.
With that said, Houston still ranks high in most defensive categories. Their pass defense is fourth in the NFL in yards per game and they pressure the quarterback.
J.J. Watt is the type of player who can take over a game defensively but if the Bears can keep him in check they should be able to move the ball with a balanced run attack and an efficient passing game.
This isn't the game to try anything too fancy. The slow-to-start Bears offense cannot show up this week and expect to win.
The Bears haven't played this quality of an opponent since Week 2 against Green Bay and we shouldn't expect the defense to carry the team like it has a number of times over the course of the season.
The offense needs to step up for the Bears to win.
Keys: Slow Arian Foster, contain J.J. Watt and don't turn the ball over.
Prediction: Bears Win