TV: CBS Line: NO LINE
What you need to know: Houston was all set to play spoiler against their division rival, until a bad snap did them in. The Texans were able to move the football despite not having Will Fuller, and had overcome adversity in the form of a fourth-quarter safety to move the ball mere yards away from a go-ahead score before things fell apart. Deshaun Watson‘s ability to hold the team together and keep them competitive is a testament to how good he’s been this season. No quarterback has had a better year while mired on a bad team. The Bears found a new way to hit bottom, blowing a 10-point lead in the final 4:30 of their game against Detroit. The sack Mitchell Trubisky took when it was 30-20 was defensible; at least he didn’t turn the ball over. He saved the turnover for when Chicago could truly ill-afford it, fumbling inside his own 10-yard-line and gift-wrapping a go-ahead touchdown. The Bears’ supposedly vaunted defense didn’t help, either, allowing Matthew Stafford and the Lions to go on a 96-yard march to cut the lead to three, and only forcing the Lions to use 2:15 off the clock. Speaking of time, it’s running out on the Bears’ playoff chances, and on Matt Nagy‘s tenure as head coach.
On the spot: Texans WR Keke Coutee . Coutee’s 141 yards against the Colts were a career-best, beating his only two other 100-yard games, which were also against Indianapolis. His best season total coming into this year was 287 yards. What does he have in store for an encore?
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky: Everything was going okay for Trubisky against a bad opponent. Until it wasn’t. He had played well in the game until that point, but the final five minutes were a metaphor for his Bears career.
The pick: Texans 27 Bears 17