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Jay Cutler preparing for Texans' 'sound defense'

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Here are some facts about the Houston Texans' defense this season:

** They are the only team not to allow a rushing touchdown.

** They lead the NFL in opponent time of possession at 24:47.

** They lead the NFL in third-down efficiency (26.47 percent).

** They lead the NFL in defended passes with 58.

** They are fourth in the NFL in points allowed per game (17.1).

** They are second in the NFL in 3-and-outs forced: 29

** They are second in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing 82.4 yards per game.

In other words, it's the stiffest challenge Jay Cutler and Co. will face this season.

cutlermarshall.jpg"A really good defense," the Bears quarterback said Wednesday during his weekly press conference at Halas Hall. "From top down, the front seven, the secondary is good. They are very well coached. Sound defense. They don't let up big plays. Tough against the run. Really good on third down. They present a lot of challenges."

They have stars too.

Defensive lineman J.J. Watt is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year with Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. He has a league-best 10.5 sacks, but it's his unique ability to consistently bat down passes that has elevated his status. He's deflected 10 passes, including four which turned into interception returns for touchdowns for the Texans. Watt also has 59 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hits and two fumble recoveries.

"We have to be aware of where he's at," Cutler said. "He lines up in a lot of different positions. I think [Houston defensive coordinator] Wade [Phillips] does a great job of moving him around and using his athletic ability to their advantage.

"We just have to be aware of him up front. We've gone against some pass rushers this year, and I thought we've done a better than average job, so hopefully we can continue it with him."

Watt will be a load to handle for the Bears' interior linemen: guards Chilo Rachal and Lance Louis and center Roberto Garza.

"He's a big guy, you know," Garza said of the 6-5, 295-pound Watt. "He can move. He plays with a lot of passion for the game. So it's good, it will be a good challenge for our guys. We're looking forward to it."

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This will be a good game. Even if the texans lose, it'll be a good game to watch. They don't have the ignorant fans like the cowboys do. Lol well can't wait till sunday night

San Francisco's defense is just as good or better than Houston's, albeit in a different way. That game will be just as challenging for the Bear offense as Houston will.

Mike Tice had better give up on trying to power run the ball, because the Bear linemen are not power blockers. The Bears also need to run a lot more than they have so far, but Tice needs to get his linemen blocks in space in order to be effective. This inability to power block is the reason that Michael Bush hasn't done anything this year. He's a power runner and got much better power blocking when he played for the Raiders.

The Bear line also can't pass protect, so the only way this offense is going to be productive is if they run a lot and effectively, thereby slowing down the pass rush. Otherwise, I think we'll see more of what we saw in Green Bay against defenses like Houston and San Francisco. Hope I'm wrong, but I'm not at all optimistic about these games.

Probably the toughest oppopnent to date, but Green Bay figured out a way to easily beat them. Of course they figured out a way to beat the Bears as well, but I am beginning to think that this is the Year of the Bear. I think the Bears and Cutler will do as well as Green Bay did. Perhaps I'm optimistic, but how does Bears 35, Texans 17 sound?

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