Of course, that matters little to the Texans, who moved to 8-1 with a gut-check win in a hostile environment.
This game wasn't brought home by the Texans' Big 3 on offense. The steady rain and sloppy turf grounded both attacks at Soldier Field. Conditions played a big part in the two teams combining for just 464 yards of total offense.
Danieal Manning set the tone early, forcing a fumble with a bruising hit on tight end Kellen Davis in the first quarter. It was the first of four Bears turnovers in the first half. Manning had a big day against his former team, finishing with the forced fumble and an interception. He nearly had a second pick in the fourth quarter.
There are multiple teams that can safely be considered contenders to come out of the AFC right now, but no team in the conference is as well-balanced as the Texans. As they proved in the slop on Sunday night, Houston can beat you in more ways than one.