For only the 5th time since the merger, two teams with two or fewer losses will play each other past week nine in the NFL. The two teams to do it? Your Houston Texans and Da Bears…(I couldn’t help myself)
For the first time in the 2012 season, the Texans head into the week more banged up than their opponent, who won’t be missing a single starter on offense, defense or special teams.
For the Texans…
Shaun Cody: Out – NT—After missing every practice this week, Kubiak ruled out the veteran defensive lineman for Sunday. He’s got an issue with his ribs, but it isn’t a punctured lung from what I have been told.
Ben Tate: Out – RB – This Sunday’s match up will just be the latest in a string of missed games for the backup running back. For a guy in a contract year, this isn’t the ideal way to show the league your value. This could end up being a big help for the Texans front office when contract time rolls along.
Owen Daniels: Doubtful – TE – After hearing from the head coach, and a few of the role players at the TE position, I getting the feeling more and more that Daniels will be out against the Bears. He is suffering from an unspecified hip injury that he sustained in the Bills game last week.
Daryl Sharpton: Doubtful – LB – While he did return to the practice field, which is a very good sign, Kubiak informed the media on Thursday that he didn’t expect to play Sharpton this week. He told us that he wanted to make sure that his body was in good enough shape to handle an NFL game, and that a week of practice just wouldn’t cut it.
For the Bears…
As I stated earlier, the Bears aren’t missing a single starter in any phase of the game. They are, without a doubt, the healthiest team in the NFL through 9 weeks.
The Texans can win on Sunday, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I have the Texans dropping a close one to the Bears 20-17.
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