670 staff predictions: Bears-Texans

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(670 The Score) The Bears (1-1) host the Texans (0-1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

WBBM Newsradio 780 will carry the game, with kickoff set for noon.
Our 670 The Score pregame show with Mike Mulligan, Patrick Mannelly and Anthony Herron will start around 9 a.m. and run until kickoff. Our postgame show will start around 4:30 p.m., with the exact time depending on the conclusion of our Cubs broadcast.

You can check out all of 670’s preview coverage of the Bears-Texans matchup by clicking here. Below are game predictions from our 670 hosts, producers and writers.

David Haugh (1-1): Bears 23, Texans 20
Both teams will get off the bus running, just how Lovie Smith remembers, but this won’t be a happy return to Soldier Field for the Texans coach. The Bears will find their offensive rhythm by getting Justin Fields a few easy completions early before building off the play-action passing game. Expect more balance but no more than 25 pass attempts. Defensively, Texans game-manager Davis Mills offers a get-well opportunity that the Bears will seize. A takeaway will be the difference — the ultimate tribute to Lovie.

Danny Parkins (1-1): Bears 20, Texans 10
The Texans’ run defense wears down as the game goes on, and the Bears grind out a win and a cover.

Matt Spiegel (2-0): Bears 27, Texans 13
Luke Getsy adjusts and opens up the game plan a bit, giving Fields the layups that Trent Dilfer told Parkins & Spiegel he needs. Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet both have touchdown receptions, while David Montgomery continues to be the best Bear on the field. The Bears’ defense tackles angrily after being coached up hard all week long.

Gabe Ramirez (1-1): Bears 20, Texans 17
Will Bears coach Matt Eberflus get his wish for a more balanced attack against the Texans? Can the Bears’ defense create the turnovers needed to secure a win? Fortunately, the answer to both is yes. Lovie’s homecoming will be spoiled by a determined and motivated Bears squad.

Shane Riordan (1-1): Bears 28, Texans 6
I have absolutely no analysis to support my pick. I'll leave that to all the sports dorks who work here. But why on earth would I predict a loss for the team I love? Why, as a fan, would I ever bring negative energy into a space where there's already plenty of it? It's 2022, and we choose manifestation over the assumption of pain and sorrow.

Chris Tannehill (2-0): Bears 17, Texans 13

Adam Studzinski (0-2): Bears 24, Texans 17
This might one of the few times all season the Bears actually have the better team. I expect them to open up the offense a little bit. Show us 25 passes? We're not asking for much here. Lovie will have his team ready for a fight, but Fields and the Bears’ offense will find their footing enough to get their second win of the season.

Chris Emma (2-0): Bears 21, Texans 13
It’s a bounce-back game for the Bears on both sides of the football, with Fields finding success and opportunities in the passing game and the defense responding against the Texans. Eberflus gets the better of Lovie, and Chicago improves to 2-1 on the young season.

Cam Ellis (1-1): Bears 12, Texans 9
This week has Most Boring Game of the Season written all over it. The Bears probably aren’t very good, the Texans probably aren’t very good and the weather looks like it probably won’t be very good. The only thing that will likely be any good Sunday will be whatever you make at the pregame and maybe “House of the Dragon.” The Bears are standard home favorites, which feels fair. And ultimately, isn't “We beat the Texans in a Week 3 noon game” the most vivid picture of mediocrity that words can paint? The Bears are back.

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