One of the most common lessons learned in life is that we must learn from our mistakes. The best way to go forward in life and football is to look back. We all learn from the past to build on the future. From now on, every week I will be giving you a retrospective look at every one of last season’s games until the start of the season.
If I had to use one word to describe this game, it would be ugly. The field was ugly. Both teams played ugly. Kellen Davis played REALLY ugly. Just look at the box score
The Bears only got eight first downs all game and they turned it over four times. Not to mention they only gained 249 total yards. Here’s how things went down.
The Bears shut down the Texans and forced a three and out, they had great field position after an awesome Devin Hester punt return. Then Kellen Davis, the game’s LVP, fumbled. That set the tone for the entire game. The Texans converted the turnover into a field goal. On the next Bear’s drive, Michael Bush fumbled at the Texan’s 32 yard line because he tried to do a hurdle. That was turnover number two.
Tim Jennings had an interception of his own, but it didn’t matter because a few plays later, former bear Danieal Manning intercepted Jay Cutler. But a few plays later, Tim Jennings made another interception and seemingly took it back to the house, but after some replays, it was shown that he was down at the Texan’s 38. Of course, the Bears only got a field goal out of it.
The 3-3 tie only lasted so long though. The Texans took a 10-3 lead on a two yard Schaub to Arian Foster pass. But things were looking good when the Bears recovered an onside kick at their own 49. That’s when Jay Cutler got injured. On a third and nine, Cutler ran towards the middle and threw the ball across the middle to Devin Hester who took it down to the 8. However, he was laid out by JJ Watt and the play was called back. He stayed in to get a first down by scrambling, and then to throw another pick.
The second half was uneventful. Jason Campbell came in and played some adequate football. Kellen Davis dropped passes. Brandon Marshall made some really nice catches that amounted to one field goal. But for the most part, the Bears played dead. It was an ugly disaster.
Things to learn
This game really showed me the importance of a decent tight end. Kellen Davis played so poorly in this game. He dropped the ball on numerous occasions. With a good tight end, I think the Bears win this game. But Davis is more of a quarterback nightmare than the ’85 Bears. Martellus Bennett better be better.