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Preview: Texans at Bears

A potential Super Bowl preview will take center stage Sunday night when the Houston Texans take the best record in the AFC into Soldier Field to face the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears. Houston rebounded nicely from its lone loss against Green Bay, pounding Baltimore before its bye week and coming back from the week off to beat Buffalo last week. The Texans rank second in the league in scoring offense (29.6) and fourth in scoring defense (17.1).

Houston's balance on both sides of the ball does not create a mismatch for the Bears, though. Chicago ranks third in scoring offense (29.5) and second in scoring defense (15.0). The Bears have rolled to six consecutive wins - their lone loss also came against the Packers - on the strength of a dominant ball-hawking defense. Chicago has forced 28 turnovers and is plus-16 in that department. The Texans have won both previous meetings - 31-24 at home in 2008 and 24-5 in Chicago in 2004.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Bears -1, O/U 41

ABOUT THE TEXANS (7-1): Houston's only loss came when it committed three turnovers - half of its season total - so the Texans will need to take care of the ball against the opportunistic Chicago defense. Quarterback Matt Schaub is likely to have to put the ball in the air quite a bit, though, because the Bears rank sixth in the league against the run. Schaub is 11-1 with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions in his past 12 games.

ABOUT THE BEARS (7-1): Chicago has gone as its quarterback and defense go, which so far has been stellar. Jay Cutler has faced his ups and downs, but he has developed a strong rapport with receiver Brandon Marshall, who leads the NFC with 797 receiving yards on 59 catches. The defense has helped the offense too, not only by forcing so many turnovers but also by turning them into touchdowns. Chicago has taken seven interceptions back for touchdowns.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Schaub needs 146 passing yards to reach 20,000 in his career.

2. Including playoff games, Cutler's teams are 26-0 when he has a rating of 100 or higher.

3. Houston RB Arian Foster has scored at least one touchdown in 10 consecutive games and has topped 10 rushing scores for the third consecutive season.

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Last Injuries

Chicago Bears

  • Josh Woods

    Personal
    day-to-day | questionable

    Woods sat out the last game due to a personal matter. It is unclear if he will be active Week 3 against the Falcons.

  • Jason Spriggs

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Spriggs sat out the last game due to a knee injury, but he is projected to be in the lineup Sunday versus the Giants.

  • David Montgomery

    Neck
    day-to-day | questionable

    Montgomery departed Sunday's game due to a neck injury, and it is unknown if he will return.

  • Khalil Mack

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Mack has a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday versus the Giants.

  • Robert Quinn

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Quinn missed the last game with an ankle injury, but it is expected that he will suit up against the Giants on Sunday.

  • Akiem Hicks

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Hicks is ailing from an illness, but it is projected that the symptoms will subside in time for Sunday's matchup versus the Giants.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Patterson has a knee injury, but he is projected to play Sunday against the Lions.

  • Javon Wims

    Achilles
    Prob Sun | probable

    Wims is hobbled by an Achilles injury, but he is expected to take part in Sunday's contest versus the Lions.

Houston Texans

  • Cullen Gillaspia

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Gillaspia left the last game due to a concussion, and it is undetermined if he will be cleared in time for Week 3 versus the Steelers.

  • Peter Kalambayi

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Kalambayi was held out of the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Week 3 versus the Steelers.

  • Duke Johnson

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Johnson missed the last game with a sprained ankle, and it is unclear if he will be ready for Week 3 against the Steelers.

  • Jonathan Greenard

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Greenard has sat out the past two games due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Steelers in Week 3.

  • Will Fuller V

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Fuller V departed the previous game with a right hamstring injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be available against the Steelers during Week 3.

  • Cullen Gillaspia

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Gillaspia missed the previous game with a hamstring injury, but it is not expected to impede his status for Sunday's contest against the Ravens.

  • Tytus Howard

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Howard is hampered by an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will participate Sunday versus the Ravens.

  • J.J. Watt

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Watt has a hip injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Ravens on Sunday.