But the man who has won NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons and three of the last four wasn’t the game-changer he has routinely been in the past.
Play makers were coming from everywhere during this game. When you have to split up the roughly $150 million pie 53 ways, it makes it hard to pay anyone big bucks.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears’ 2016 first-round pick played a major role. “That’s what happened today”.
Late in the first half, Cutler took a shot to the ribs while delivering a pass, then took longer than usual to get to his feet.
Just 53 seconds into the third quarter, Hal picked off Cutler at the Chicago 37 to set up the second Novak field goal and ignite the Texans’ second-half defensive surge.
He first burst onto the National Football League scene a year ago when he played eight games for the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and posted a solid 1,967 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
“I’ll talk to Kevin about it”.
“I’m kind of glad you didn’t see my reaction after that play”, Bears coach John Fox said Tuesday.
The Patriots’ offense, led by Jimmy Garoppolo, will still have their hands full against one of the NFL’s premier defenses. It is what it is. “He’s going to be fine”.
“Our rush lanes weren’t quite as well-schooled as we needed”, he said.
Randy Bullock, kicking because of Josh Brown’s one-game suspension, made the extra point for the lead after an earlier missed PAT.
Unfortunately, the Bears performance in the second half was a polar opposite of how they played in the first. “He had 111 catches a year ago and a bunch of yards”. OLB Whitney Mercilus had two sacks, beating RT Bobby Massie and LT Charles Leno each for a sack apiece. He also forced a fumble on a handoff, which almost led to the Bears’ second takeaway of the game. The Lions were in trouble when Doyle caught his second touchdown of the day and Vinatieri nailed the PAT, giving the Colts their first lead.
Cutler completed 16 of 29 pass attempts for 216 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, good for a 76.2 QB rating. I hear you. That was my long way of saying that, on Sunday, as the Texans emerged victorious over the Chicago Bears by a score of 23-14, certainly the Texans’ two touchdowns and three field goals were of great importance. Alshon Jeffery dropped a key third-down pass soon after. It was just getting us in the right play, flipping it out there about six or seven yards.
The rushing attack was inconsistent as well. Pat O’Donnell had an average of 38.1 yards per punt.
But the second half belonged to Minnesota (1-0). He completed 24-of-39 passes for 320 yards, but had just one touchdown – to tight end Julius Thomas – to one interception.
The Bears didn’t hit Osweiler until Danny Trevathan’s sack at the end of the first half, while Eddie Goldman and Leonard Floyd split the only other Bears sack. It wasn’t eerily similar to Brian Hoyer or anything (largely because Osweiler appears to be good at football, and Hoyer is less than good), but it was the same outcome for their respective first possessions – an ill advised pick targeting DeAndre Hopkins.
Fuller was just one new piece of a revamped offence which also added quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller in the off-season.
Given the situations they put themselves in – a first-time rookie center trying to run a silent snap count in a loud closed-roof stadium, a guard who had been with the team for five minutes, a redshirt rookie receiver who doesn’t know where to go – a nine-point loss isn’t the end of world or the harbinger of a losing season.