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Houston Texans Knock Out Jay Cutler, Shut Down Chicago Bears

November 12th, 2012 at 2:10 PM
By PJ Foti

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In the most anticipated matchup of Week 10, the Houston Texans came out with a 13-6 victory over the Chicago Bears to move to eight wins on the season.

It was an ugly game, but Texan players were just happy to escape with a win.

"I think we showed them we can win any game, any situation, any time, any place, tough weather conditions, tough place on the road, a very good football team," J.J. Watt said. "We won, so say what you want."

Houston came away with four takeaways in the first half (two fumbles and two interceptions) and knocked Jay Cutler out of the game. Down 10-3, Cutler was scrambling, trying to find an open receiver and took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Tim Dobbins. Cutler stood in for the remainder of the drive — and threw his second interception at the end of it — and was replaced by Jason Campbell in the second half.

"You never want to lose anybody, especially our starting quarterback," receiver Brandon Marshall said. "He is our leader, he is the heart and soul of our offense so we definitely want him to have a quick, speedy recovery.

"In the meantime, Campbell is more than capable. There was no heads hanged down when Jay was down. There was no complaining. We understand we have a starting quarterback in the backup so we're fortunate to have him. There will be no drop off in our offense."

Cutler going down had plenty of Bears fans of Twitter nervous, as they all had last year on their minds. The Bears raced out to a 7-3 record last season before Cutler hurt his thumb. Following the injury, Chicago tailspun to an 8-8 season and missed the playoffs.

Although Campbell couldn't lead the team to a victory in this one, there was plenty of blame to go around.

Not making excuses, but the game conditions caused fits for everyone. In fact, Campbell played pretty well as he threw for one less yard (94) in one half, then Texans quarterback Matt Schaub did in the entire game (95). He also didn't turn the ball over. A little interesting fact: the two teams combined for just 222 yards through the air which is the fewest in a game this season.

Bears fans must remember that Jason Campbell is not Caleb Hanie. He's much better and will give the team a chance to win if Cutler can't go next week.

Arian Foster totaled 102 yards on the ground in this one, and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Schaub in the second quarter.

Tags: Arian Foster, Brandon Marshall, Caleb Hanie, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, Houston Texans, J.J. Watt, Jason Campbell, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub, NFL, Tim Dobbins, Twitter

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