(SportsRadio 610) - The Texans fell to 0-2-1 after losing 23-20 at the Chicago Bears.
It was an ugly loss for Houston, which turned the ball over twice and failed to capitalize on a pair of takeaways.
These are some observations from the game:
1. Tyler Johnson was inactive again. I don’t believe Johnson is the savior for the thin wide receiver room, but I’m surprised he hasn’t even been active three weeks into the season. I’m sure there’s solid reasoning, I’m just surprised.
2. The Bears fumbling the first snap was the perfect start for all of the folks mocking the lack of quality in this matchup.
3. The Bears coming away with three points on their opening drive was remarkably amusing. A fumbled snap on the first play, the QB tripping over his own blocker and a 29-yard QB scramble. Just like I’m sure the Chicago staff drew it up.
4. Jordan Akins got the first target of the day from Davis Mills. Didn’t see that one coming.
5. Bears running back David Montgomery was banged-up in the first quarter, the third consecutive week the Texans have gotten significant breaks with opposing injuries. Shaq Leonard week one vs Indy. Justin Simmons, Pat Surtain and Jerry Jeudy at Denver. Montgomery this week and WR Byron Pringle also left the field in the first quarter.
6. The Texans allowed 111 yards rushing on the Bears first two drives. There were 16 teams (half the league) that hadn’t allowed that per-game two games into the season.
7. Been asking the question and seemed more appropriate after his 50+ yard reception on the Texans second drive, are we sure Chris Moore isn’t the second best receiver on this team?
8. All of Davis Mills’ first three TD passes this year were to tight ends that had been with the team less than a few weeks and playing their first game of the season with him: OJ Howard twice in week one shortly after being signed, and Akins re-signed a few weeks ago and straight off the practice squad Sunday.
9. Jalen Pitre had his first career interception three days after joining In The Loop for a Thursday interview. Jerry Hughes joined us the Thursday of week one, when he was one of the best players in the NFL and had an interception and a sack.
10. The Texans had as much momentum as a team could have before Mills was intercepted in the end zone by Eddie Jackson.
11. Lovie Smith got some OG respect from the refs.
12. Dameon Pierce marked his territory on this game on the drive after the Bears ran the ball on 3rd-and-6 with Justin Fields. I would’ve bet the house on the Texans to win after that stretch.
13. The Bears have no confidence in Justin Fields and shouldn’t. They got a win against San Francisco with that approach.
14. Akins looked good. He has to be active every week and is a better player than Brevin Jordan at the moment.
15. Lovie Smith decided to kick the field goal on 4th-and-2 to take a 17–13 lead rather than going for it. I agreed with the decision.
16. Chicago responded on the next drive in large part because of the running of Khalil Herbert. All around the league NFL teams have backup running backs who have tangible, fresh skill sets that can effectively move the rock. Here? Well…
17. The fake punt near midfield was perfectly executed and 100% needed. Shout out to the Texans’ special teams coach Frank Ross.
18. The completion to Phillip Dorsett later in the drive on third down was the best throw Mills has made all season.
19. The Texans' inability to capitalize on Pitre’s second INT, which was an awful throw by Fields, seemed like a really massive missed opportunity, but Cam Johnston’s punt minimized the wound. Frank Ross’s special teams have been awesome this year.
20. Pharaoh Brown just seems to make plays when he gets the opportunity to do so.
21. The feeling I get when Rex Burkhead touches the ball this season is proportional to the feeling I got when David Johnson touched the rock the previous two seasons.
22. Pitre was incredible. Two interceptions and a MASSIVE sack on the final play before the two-minute warning.
23. The Texans being empty on 3rd-and-1 on that Mills interception was inexcusable.
24. One new head coach didn't trust his mediocre quarterback and wouldn't allow him to lose the game, the other one did. The one who didn't trust him won, the one who did got burned.