Texans knock out Jay Cutler, beat Bears 13-6

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The Texans had just gone up 10-3 on a lunging 2-yard touchdown catch by Foster. A scrambling Cutler took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Dobbins after unleashing a pass on third down at midfield late in the first half.

There were offsetting penalties on the play. Cutler got called for an illegal forward pass because he was beyond the line of scrimmage and then got drilled by Dobbins, who was called for unnecessary roughness.

Cutler stayed in and the drive ended with his second interception. Kareem Jackson picked off a pass intended for Marshall in double coverage at the Houston 27.

“It’s tough,” Campbell said. “That what defenses try to do.”

Was it a cheap shot?

“He caught him right under the chin,” Campbell answered.

Cutler was in for the final drive of the half, but Campbell started the third quarter, sending a big chill through Soldier Field.

After all, the Bears crumbled last season after Cutler injured his thumb, spoiling a 7-3 start. They went into a tailspin with Caleb Hanie and finished 8-8, costing general manager Jerry Angelo his job. With Campbell now in the mix, the Bears believe they could at least survive, and that theory could be put to the test in a big way with a game at San Francisco next Monday night.

“If I have to play, of course, during the week I will get those practice reps and get the guys used to (me),” Campbell said. “And they will get used to me as a quarterback, until Jay is ready. That’s something that we have all week to get ready for. We don’t have to work that out during the middle of the game.”

Campbell couldn’t lead them back in the second half, although there was plenty of blame to go around.

Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal late in the third period, but missed a 48-yarder early in the fourth that would have made it a one-point game. Shayne Graham kicked a 42-yarder for Houston to make it 13-6 with 4:49 left.

“It shows we can win in any environment, in any situation,” Watt said. “Our team prevailed and obviously a lot of perseverance.”

Notes: Bears DE Shea McClellin left with a concussion in the opening minutes. … Texans TE Owen Daniels was out because of a back injury. He was limited in practice on Friday after sitting out the previous two days.

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