Goal to Go

The Houston Texans come to town for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. While Chicago has lost three of four contests following a season-high three-game win streak, Houston has lost five of six after a franchise-best 4-3 start to the organization's third season.

Chad Hutchinson, Bears quarterback
Hutchinson was brought back to earth last week against Jacksonville. A safety, interception and fumble could be blamed on a patch-work offensive line, but it's a perfect time for Hutchinson to get back on track after a forgetful road showing.

Kailee Wong, Texans defensive end
Wong has 4 1/2 sacks to lead the Texans. He's also started 45 straight games for the franchise. He'll be facing a Bears offensive line in total disarray and will be head-hunting Hutchinson.

Another key matchup
Thomas Jones, Bears running back

Jones hasn't hit the century mark since Week 3, a string of 10 games. With a defense ranked 30th in the league, this could be Jones' week to produce in a big way and help take some of the pressure off Hutchinson.

Jamie Sharper, Texans linebacker
Sharper, who started his career in Baltimore, leads the Texans with 111 tackles, good for seventh overall in the NFL. Jones will see plenty of Sharper, who led the league in tackles last season.

Injury report
TEXANS: OUT: RB Tony Hollings (hamstring). BEARS: QUESTIONABLE: FB Bryan Johnson (foot); S Todd Johnson (ankle); DOUBTFUL: CB Todd McMillon (hamstring); T John Tait (knee); OUT: Brian Urlacher (hamstring).

Grounded
The Bears were held to a season-low 31 rushing yards on 14 carries (2.2 avg.) last week at Jacksonville, the lowest rushing output for Chicago since being held to 27 yards on the ground on 14 carries (1.9 avg.) at Green Bay in 1994. The Bears have totaled 50 rushing yards or less in 12 games since the beginning of 1998, including earlier this season against Philadelphia when the offense produced 32 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Give and take
The Bears rank third in the NFC with their 28 takeaways and 16 interceptions, while tying for second with 12 fumble recoveries. Chicago's 18 fumbles lost lead the NFL and are the team's most since losing 21 fumbles in 1998. The Bears are tied for second in the NFC with their 31 giveaways, but are tied for 16th in the NFL with 13 interceptions thrown.


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