Chicago will host what is easily the best matchup in the NFL this week, and possibly the year. Soldier Field will see the 7-1 Houston Texans come to town against the 7-1 Chicago Bears. The teams share much more in common then just their records. Both have very productive offenses and tough defense. Statistically they are close in many categories, and the game could really come down to the last play. You can see it in primetime on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 PM ET on NBC.
Offensively both teams have very good running and passing games. They are separated by just a few yards on average rushing yards a game this Season. To this point, the Texans rush for an average of 138 yards while the Bears average 128.5. This is due to the team’s great backs, which may be the difference Sunday. Houston will have the elusive and slippery Arian Foster while a more powerful downward runner in Matt Forte will run the rock for Chicago.
The running games will have to be more productive against some very good defenses however. Both teams give up less then 100 yards a game rushing. Houston has given up an average of 81.9 yards on the ground to this point. Chicago, on the other hand, has given up an average of 88 yards. Both teams also give up little in the scoring department. Houston has averaged 17.1 points allowed a game and Chicago has given up 15 per game. This game is clearly a must see and will come down to the wire.