The Bears quietly believed they were as good as the Houston Texans and they were, at least the defense was.
The middle of the Houston Texans defense took a hit Friday when nose tackle Shaun Cody, the inside anchor of the 3-4 front, was declared out with a rib injury believed to involve a punctured lung.
Dealing with a touchdown triad
The Bears defense in 2012 has faced no defense without an apparent weakness. Until now.
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall ranks fourth in the NFL with 59 catches and is within three scores of his career high of 10.
Every so often a game brings together not just elite players but elite players for two teams in exactly opposing positions, with the prospect of going against each other virtually every snap.