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NFL Week 1 Game Capsule: Texans v. Bears

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The Texans will look to continue their good preseason form into the regular season against the Bears. Here's the history behind the Texans-Bears matchup.

The only thing I guarantee is there will be 100% less Brooks Reed this time round.
The only thing I guarantee is there will be 100% less Brooks Reed this time round.
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The Houston Texans have a fairly limited history against the Chicago Bears.  Courtesy of NFL Communications, here are some numbers and notes about this Week One matchup.

SERIES

BEARS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

3-0

STREAKS

Past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

John Fox: 1-3

Bill O’Brien: 0-0

LAST GAME

11/11/12: Texans 13 at Bears 6. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 102 yards & has TD reception. Texans’ defense forces four turnovers (2 INTs & 2 FRs).

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/28/08: Texans 31, Bears 24. Houston QB Matt Schaub passes for 328 yards & 2 TDs. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 10 receptions for 148 yards & 2 TDs.

REFEREE

Pete Morelli

2015 STATS

PASSING

Jay Cutler: 311-483-3659-21-11-92.3

Brock Osweiler (Den.): 170-275-1967-10-6-86.4

RUSHING

Jeremy Langford: 148-537-3.6-6

Lamar Miller (Mia.): 194-872-4.5-8

RECEIVING

Alshon Jeffery: 54-807-14.9-4

DeAndre Hopkins: 111(3L)-1521 (3L)-13.7-11

OFFENSE

344.6

347.8

TAKE/GIVE

-4

+5

DEFENSE

345.4

310.2 (3L)

SACKS

Lamarr Houston: 7

J.J. Watt: 17.5 (1L)

INTs

Kyle Fuller: 2

Andre Hal: 4

PUNTING

Pat O’Donnell: 44.2

Shane Lechler: 47.3

KICKING

Connor Barth (TB): 92 (25/26 PAT; 23/28 FG)

Nick Novak: 83 (29/31 PAT; 18/21 FG)

NOTES

BEARS:

QB JAY CUTLER had 3,659 pass yards with 21 TDs & career-high 92.3 passer rating last year. Franchise leader in rating (85.5), comp. (1,939), comp. pct. (61.9) & pass yards (22,384). Has 90+ rating in past 5 on road.

RB JEREMY LANGFORD had 6 rush TDs last year, 3rd most among NFC rookies. Has recorded 80+ scrimmage yards or TD in 4 of past 5 on road.

RB KA’ DEEM CAREY has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5.

WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 1,100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 seasons. Has 121 catches for 1,795 yards with 11 TDs on road since 2013. Is 1 of 2 in NFC since 2013 with 120+ catches & 1,700+ rec. yards in road games (JULIO JONES).

WR EDDIE ROYAL has 2 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Hou.

TE ZACH MILLER has 5 TDs in past 8 games.

LB LAMARR HOUSTON has sack or INT in 2 of past 3 vs. Hou.

LB CHRISTIAN JONES has team-high 147 tackles over past 2 seasons.

CB KYLE FULLER ranks 6th among NFC CBs with 117 tackles since 2014.

TEXANS:

Won AFC South last year, 3rd division title in team history.

QB BROCK OSWEILER makes Hou. debut. Started 7 games with Den. in 2015. Made 1st career start at Chi. (11/22/15), completing 20 of 27 (74.1 pct.) for 250 yards with 2 TDs & 0 INTs for 127.1 rating in 17-15 win.

RB LAMAR MILLER joins Hou. after 4 seasons in Mia. In past 2 years, has 2,643 scrimmage yards (1,971 rush, 672 rec.) & 19 TDs (16 rush, 3 rec.)

WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had career-high 111 catches & 1,521 rec. yards last year. Set franchise record with 11 rec. TDs. Only player in team history with 100+ catches, 1,500+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs in season. Had 6 100-yard games in 2015

DE J.J. WATTwas named NFL Defensive Player of Year in 2015. Has won award in 3 of past 4 seasons (2012, 2014, 2015). Since entering NFL in 2011, has 74.5 sacks, most in NFL. Only player in NFL history with 2 seasons with 20+ sacks (2012, 2014).

LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had career-best 12 sacks last year.

LB BRIAN CUSHING led team with 110 tackles in 2015.

CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH led team with career-high 22 PD last season.

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