Here we go again. This Sunday the Houston Texans will play their third primetime game of the season, as they travel to Solider Field to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. The Texans have been less than spectacular during primetime games this season, barely beating the New York Jets and getting clobbered by the Greenbay Packers. The Texans have only played one NFC team, the Packers, who they lost to 42-24. If the Texans win Sunday, during primetime against an NFC team, they will prove that they are a legitimate force in the league.
The Texans have dominated the AFC this season, beating teams by an average of almost 17 points. In primetime, they beat the Jets by only six points and lost to the Packers by 18 points. In their two times to show the country how great of a team they are, they have not brought their A game.
Why have the Texas not played well in primetime? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s a mental block, maybe it’s a coaching problem. Like the Atlanta Falcons, the Texans will not get the national respect they deserve until they win on the big stage. I think they can win Sunday, but it will definitely be a challenge.
While statistically speaking, the Texans are superior to the Bears on both offense and defense; they are underdogs going into Sunday’s game. Chicago has the advantage of a scary defense, which has forced twice as many turnovers as the Texans. The Bears are also used to playing in the bitter cold at Soldier Field. The weather Sunday night in Chicago is predicted to be 36 degrees and rainy. The Texans are used to playing in the climate-controlled Reliant Stadium.
The Texans can win Sunday night. They have a productive offense and the third best defense in the league. The key is to not turnover the ball and exploit Chicago’s weak offensive line. Attack Jay Cutler. If the Texan’s defense can dominate Chicago’s offense, I believe the Texans have a good shot at winning the game. The fact that the Texans have struggled so much in primetime worries me. I hope the Texans come ready to show America they’re for real.