The Houston Texans and Chicago Bears highlight this week's slate of games. The two teams sport identical 7-1 records, but the Bears do have the advantage of hosting at Soldier Field.
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Not only do the Texans have to face a Bears team with, arguably, the league's most dynamic defense, but Houston has to deal with the Chicago weather.
Temperatures are predicted to drop into the 30's with rain showers for the 8:20 p.m. kickoff. The weather in Houston still provides comfortable summer-like days.
"You've got to handle it," coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle. "I think our guys get excited for a little cool weather. It's still 80 degrees out there today and, here it is, the middle of November."
Weather always brings up the issue of ball protection. And the Bears lead the league with 28 takeaways. The Texans have a league-low six giveaways.
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"We pride ourselves in taking care of the football, converting on third down, scoring points in the red zone and keeping the other (offense) off the field," quarterback Matt Schaub said. "The weather is going to be what the weather is. It's that way for both teams. You've just got to go play."
It helps that the Texans aren't a finesse team. They're the No. 8 run team in the league with Arian Foster carrying the ball. That always helps in nasty conditions.
Either way, both the Bears and Texans are angling for a first-round playoff bye and know they can make a statement with a win.
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