Week 14: Houston Texans at Chicago Bears
To be quite frank, no one really knows what to expect from the Chicago Bears this year after admitting Mitch Trubisky was a mistake and trading for Nick Foles. This team was 12-4 and won the NFC North just two years ago, but the offense imploded in Matt Nagy’s second year after substituting David Montgomery in for Jordan Howard in the back field.
The Chicago defense is still stacked from top to bottom, including former Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack and budding superstar Eddie Jackson at safety.
The Bears have almost the exact opposite type of team as the Houston Texans, as they like to ground and pound their way through defenses and have relentless pressure coming off the edges. The Texans have a high-flying offense with a defense that doesn’t have as much success getting after the quarterback, and they definitely don’t create as many turnovers.
This may be a low-scoring affair, but I’ll take the QB that was drafted at No.12 in 2017 over the humongous bust who was taken second overall.
Prediction: Texans 21, Bears 18 (Houston Record: 8-5)
Week 15: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
After peeling off six consecutive wins and getting into the thick of the playoff hunt, the streak has to stop somewhere. Just like when the Texans won nine in a row in 2018, the Colts are the ones to ruin the fun and bring the team back down to Earth.
It’s entirely possible that Indianapolis can emerge from the pack as a Super Bowl contender but they must first prove that the Rivers-Frank Reich pairing works and the 38-year old is still capable of leading a team to the playoffs.
Laremy Tunsil will have his hands full trying to fend off Buckner and former Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Leonard. Sometimes it can be better for a team to experience a loss just before the playoffs so they don’t get too confident, and this game may ultimately decide who wins the division and who becomes the Wild Card team.
Prediction: Colts 31, Texans 21 (Houston Record: 8-6)