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Faceoff: Bears vs. Texans

Who has the edge between these Super Bowl contenders?

November 08, 2012|RedEye

Sunday night's showdown at Soldier Field features two of the NFL's best teams in the Bears and Houston. Both are 7-1, and this week's game could be a Super Bowl preview. But why wait until February—or even until Sunday—to see who has the edge?

ELECTORAL VOTES

Bears: 20

Texans: 38

Advantage: Texans. Not that Chicagoans are in a hurry to move to the Lone Star State.


RUNNING MATES

Bears: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall

Texans: Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson

Advantage: Texans. With the exception of Marshall, Houston's trio has been more productive. Not to mention Cutler may be running for his life from NFL sacks leader J.J. Watt.

THAT'S SPECIAL

Bears: The Bears lead the NFL in kickoff return average and opponents' starting field position after kickoffs.

Texans: The Texans are last in the NFL in kickoff return average and opponents' starting field position after kickoffs.

Advantage: Bears. As if they needed help on special teams. We haven't even mentioned the wonder that is Robbie Gould.

LOSS COMPARISON

Bears: Lost at Green Bay, 23-10, on Sept. 13. Argh!

Texans: Lost to Green Bay, 42-24, on Oct. 14. Hahahaha!

Advantage: Bears. Both teams are still licking their wounds, but at least the Bears didn't look helpless against the cheeseheads.

POLITICAL BOOSTERS

Bears: President Obama gave his hometown team a shout-out on "Monday Night Football" last week.

Texans: Former President George W. Bush has been spotted at quite a few games.

Advantage: Bears. Bush served eight years, but Obama's still got his finger on the button, so to speak.

PROJECTED WINNER

Bears. Looks like the Monsters of the Midway are a good bet to go 8-1. And if they don't, maybe the president has something up his sleeve to make it all go away.

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