Sunday Night Football Schedule 2012: Previewing Texans vs. Bears and Top Games

Steven GerwelContributor IIINovember 11, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 4:  Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Bears defeated the Titans 51-20.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL season has already entered Week 10, and although the season is flying by, the weekly Sunday Night Football matchups have provided a number of memorable moments.

Whether it's Peyton Manning's 2012 debut during the Broncos' Week 1 victory over Pittsburgh, or the Ravens' 31-30 nail-biter victory over New England that attracted more viewers than the Emmy Awards (according to HitFix), there never appears to be a dull moment when it comes to Sunday Night Football.

This week, the Chicago Bears (7-1) will take on the Houston Texans (7-1) in an exciting showdown between two one-loss teams looking to maintain control of their divisions.


Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

When: Sunday, November 11, 8:20 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Listen: Sirius 93


Bears vs. Texans Preview

As the Sunday Night Football Twitter account points out, tonight is an interesting matchup, as it features the newest NFL franchise versus one of the most storied franchises in football history.

Tonight the oldest franchise in league history faces the newest. Do you think this is a SB preview? #Texans at #Bears #SNF

— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 11, 2012

But tradition and the past has little to do with outcome, which will instead be decided by the performance of two extremely talented teams.

The Bears have the 11th best rushing attack in the NFL (128.5 yards per game), while they boast the No. 6-ranked defense in the league (318.9 yards per game).

However, the Texans are certainly familiar with tough defensive play, as their defense ranks third in the NFL (285.6 yards per game), while their well-balanced offense has picked up 371.8 yards per game (12th in NFL) and scores 29.6 points per game (2nd in NFL).

The Bears suffered a Week 2 loss to Green Bay and hasn't lost a game since, putting together a six-game win streak, but Houston is arguably the most talented team the face the Bears so far this season.

This game will be a tough defensive battle until the bitter end. Both teams are capable of scoring, but the team that jumps out ahead early on should be able to maintain the momentum and seal the game with a fierce defensive stand.

As far as injuries, the official Houston Texans Twitter page released an injury report for both teams.

#Bears injury report: WR Alshon Jeffery, DT Matt Toeaina DOUBTFUL. DE Isreal Idonije, DT Henry Melton PROBABLE

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 9, 2012

#Texans injury report: NT Shaun Cody, RB Ben Tate OUT. TE Owen Daniels QUESTIONABLE #Bears

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 9, 2012


Upcoming SNF Games to Look Forward To

The showdown between the Bears and the Texans is not the only intriguing Sunday Night Football game remaining on the schedule.

There are several must-see games still remaining, so mark your calendars and tune in. Here are several games of interest:


Week 11: Ravens vs. Steelers

Next week, the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a can't-miss game between two AFC North rivals.

The Ravens and Steelers have a fierce rivalry, and it's always entertaining to see these two teams face off.


Week 12: Packers vs. Giants

The Giants have control on the NFC East, but the dangerous Packers are looking to build momentum and steal the NFC North from Chicago.

This is an exciting game between the last two Super Bowl champions, and the outcome is guaranteed to come down to the bitter end.


Week 13: Eagles vs. Cowboys

Both teams are struggling to gain ground in the NFC East, but watching the Eagles and Cowboys face off is always something worth watching.

Tony Romo and Michael Vick will put on an offensive performance that will strengthen the hate between these two bitter rivals.