Texans vs. Bears: The Spread & Over/Under

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Osweiler and Young Receivers Poised for Bears
Aug 28, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) talks with wide receiver Braxton Miller (13) during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Texans Offense vs. Bears Defense – What’s Changed?

Brock Osweiler has command of the offense. His preseason passes were crisp, on-time and on-target. He apparently is the franchise quarterback Texans management envisioned, not the journeyman many pundits projected. Advantage Texans offense.

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The young receivers are as explosive as advertised, but far more mature than originally projected for this stage of the season. Their route running is good and improving. Consequently they complement DeAndre Hopkins very well. Teamed with Osweiler, they are big plays waiting to happen. Advantage Texans offense.

While the Texans passing game figures to put more points on the board than projected in June,  the running game appears less capable. The Texans offensive line, missing two projected starters and with a third limited, does not run block very well. The Bears front seven is greatly improved over last year. The front seven improvement was foreseen in the June prediction. The Texans depleted offensive line was not. Advantage Bears.

As a result, the Texans offense against the Bears will be more one-dimensional than projected in June. However, the Texans’ explosive mix of short, intermediate, and long passes can more than compensate for a diminished running game.

The Texans offense, aided by a couple short field situations created by the defense, will score more points than predicted in June.

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