Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears

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Texans vs Bears Betting Preview

Based on the last couple of seasons, this isn’t the NFL matchup that jumps off the page. The Texans are coming off two straight four-win seasons. Four playoff appearances in five seasons is a distant memory.

The Bears were 6-11 last season after a pair of uninspiring 8-8 campaigns. The 12-win season of 2018 might as well be 20 years ago, according to the NFL odds. The Bears are neck-and-neck with the Lions on the Super Bowl favorites list.

But these two quarterbacks can be very exciting. Justin Fields was supposed to be electric, and he is. But can he be consistent? Davis Mills was the afterthought of the 2021 draft class, but in Houston, he has risen to the top. The NFL schedule has a great game in store for us Week 3 between two good NFL teams

Rivalry History

These two teams have only played five times since the Texans played their inaugural season in 2002. The Bears have won four of the five meetings, including their most recent game, a 36-7 win in Chicago in 2020, where the Bears finished high enough in the NFL standings to make the playoffs.

Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes that afternoon, and Allen Robinson had 123 receiving yards. Of course, both of those players have moved out of Chicago, and both these coaching staffs are entirely new in 2022.

Matchup Trends

Trying to aid our Texans at Bears betting analysis by looking at the last meeting is a fool’s errand. So much has changed since then that there is almost nothing that is relevant.

We can, however, look at the Texans at Bears stats from 2021 for help. Like Justin Fields’ steady improvement. Two of his best three passing games last season came in his final two games of the year. He also threw three of seven touchdown passes in those final two games.

Davis Mills finished his rookie campaign with 301 yards and three touchdowns against a good Titans team, coming within an eyelash of beating Tennessee and costing them the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. He also had a huge game and win over the Chargers the day after Christmas, easily playing his best football at the end of the season.

Venue Information

It was renovated in 2022, but having originally opened in 1924, Soldier Field in Chicago is the oldest stadium in the NFL. With a seating capacity of 61,000, it is also the smallest stadium in the NFL.

The Bears played select games at Soldier Field dating all the way back to 1926 but didn’t make it their permanent home until 1971.

Betting Tips for Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears

Digging in deeper into the Texans at Bears stats, team offense raises a red flag. The Bears seemed to struggle as they transitioned to Fields at quarterback, while the Texans had far more stability with Mills. But the Bears finished the 2021 season as the 24th best offense in the NFL, compared to 32nd for the Texans.

It’s not great for the Bears, and the expectation is that better things will continue through 2022, specifically in this Week 3 matchup with the Texans.

Houston should also be better in 2022, as Mills gets more comfortable as an NFL quarterback. But much of the problem was the league-worst 3.4 yards per carry and 83.6 yards per game for the run game, according to NFL stats

This season Marlon Mack is a Texan, as is rookie Dameon Pierce from Florida. That should make the Texans offense better, something you should know before making NFL picks. Understanding the offense is one of our NFL betting tips

Led by number three overall draft pick, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr, the defense is improved, but also very young.

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