No rooting interest here, but Tim Jennings (eight interceptions) and Charles Tillman (defensive player of the year candidate) should become the first pair of cornerbacks in Bears franchise history to make the Pro Bowl in the same year unless Pro Bowl balloting is tabulated in Florida.
Jennings picked of Houston quarterback Matt Schaub twice and in a national, prime-time game the same venue in which Tillman performed his shut-down of Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson and in which Tillman returned an interception for a TD against the Dallas Cowboys.
Schaub missed on only eight passes against the Bears. Jennings intercepted two and broke up three. Tillman broke up two. (No word on what became of the eighth non-completion.)
Both had a hand in Andre Johnson making three receptions in the first quarter, one in the second and zero in the second half with Schaub only targeting him twice.
Credit linebacker Nick Roach with one of the unsung impact performances for the Bears defense. The strong-side linebacker is typically pulled in favor of a third cornerback when opponents go a nickel receiver package and sees fewer snaps because of it.
But Houston went with backup tackle Ryan Harris on the edge of a Jumbo package for nearly 25 percent of the snaps, keeping Roach on the field.
Roach finished playing 53 of the Texans 62 snaps (84 percent). That was part of a defensive effort that saw running back Arian Foster net 85 yards in the first half but 17 in the second.
Insult injury = ?
If safety Chris Conte received a 21,750 fine for what the league considered a helmet-to-helmet hit in the Carolina game, the bidding starts at 25,000 for what Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins did to quarterback Jay Cutler.
But on top of the clearly premeditated blow leading with the crown of Dobbins helmet to Cutlers head, Dobbins jaw-dropping belligerent comment that Cutler ran into me said to CSNChicago.coms Jake Flannigan will not help his case. Insulting intelligence is never a big hit with those charged with dispensing accountability and Dobbins insulted the intelligence of anyone within earshot.
That or this was indeed the first case of the nail head-butting the hammer.