The Bears held JJ Watt at bay. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In the faceoff between two of the league's best teams, the Bears came up short. It was such a close game that if some of their players played just a touch better, the result could have been different. Who were the best and the worst?
The Grizzly Bears:
Tim Jennings: Both of his interceptions came when the Texans were getting ready to score. It was his play that kept the score as close as it was. He's still the league leader in interceptions, and one of the bright spots in an ugly game.
The offensive line: All week, we were worried about J.J. Watt getting at Jay Cutler. He is the league's top sacker, after all, and the Bears' line doesn't have the best history. And yet, in an ugly game, Cutler was not sacked once. Jason Campbell wasn't either. The Bears actually beat the Texans in overall yardage, and that is due to great play by the line.
Julius Peppers: It was wet, slippery, the line was without Shea McClellin, and Peppers was being held like a baby's binkie. Somehow, Peppers still got to Matt Schaub. He finished the game with a sack and four tackles.
The Teddy Bears:
Kellen Davis: Not only did he fumble on the opening drive, but he also made just once catch despite being thrown the ball five times. His last drop killed any chance the Bears had at coming back for a win.
Matt Forte: A rainy game like Sunday night's is usually a time for running backs to shine. Instead, Forte could never get unstuck. He had just 39 yards on 16 carries. A better performance from Forte could have made the difference in the game.
Robbie Gould: It pains me to put Gould's name in here, but he deserves it. He has been playing at Soldier Field for seven years, but still was tripped up by bad weather. His miss of a 48-yard field goal kept the Bears out of striking distance to the win.