HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – It was a sloppy day for the Texans offense, but ultimately a successful coming out party for newcomers Lamar Miller and Will Fuller as the Houston Texans outlasted the Chicago Bears 23-14 Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium.
Fuller, the Texans first round pick out of Notre Dame, snagged five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Miller, the free agent signee from Miami, picked up 106 yards on 28 carries.
Fuller’s success mostly came after the catch including his eventual game-winning touchdown which came on a bubble screen from 18 yards out with 12:44 remaining in the game which put the Texans up 20-14. They would add a Nick Novak field goal to get to the final score.
While the Texans had their new offensive stars shine in the second half, the game was a struggle early for the Texans offense as they trailed 14-10 at the end of the first 30 minutes of play.
The Texans turned it over on their first drive of the game when Tracy Porter ripped the ball away from DeAndre Hopkins on the sidelines for an interception.
On the ensuing possession, the Bears drove attacked the Texans secondary and picked up five first downs before handing the ball to Jeremy Langford for a one-yard touchdown run to give the Bears a 7-0 lead.
An offensive pass interference call in the end zone on DeAndre Hopkins handicapped the Texans on a promising scoring drive which resulted in a 28 yard Nick Novak field goal to put the Texans on the board trailing 7-3 early in the second quarter.
Osweiler would settle in after his early mistakes, finishing the game 22/34 for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Osweiler found DeAndre Hopkins from 23 yards out in the back corner of the endzone for his first touchdown throw as a Texan to give Houston a 10-7 lead with 3:14 until halftime.
The Bears reclaimed the lead just before the half as the Texans secondary struggled to stop the two-minute offense of Jay Cutler. He found Alshon Jeffery for a 54 yard gain to give the Bears a first down. He then found Eddie Royal for a 19-yard touchdown to give the Bears a lead 14-10 at the half.
Cutler finished the game with 216 yards, the one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked five times by the Texans defense, including two by Whitney Mercilus.
Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two tochdowns with one interception for his first start after signing a four-year $72 million deal with the Texans this offseason.
The Texans stay home for Week Two as they play host to the team that eliminated them in the 2016 postseason the Kansas City Chiefs.
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