By the numbers: Texans vs. Bears

By the numbers: Texans vs. Bears
November 9, 2012, 10:00 am
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Sunday night will feature two of the best defenses in NFL.

The Texans and Bears are also two teams the run the ball and eat the clock. The Texans lead the league in time of possession (35:13), but the Bears are third (32:23). It's a rare matchup this late in the season for two teams with one or fewer losses. It's only happened six times since 1970. That means looking at this game by the numbers is all the more important.

1/2: The Bears and Texans rank first and second in the league in point differential.  Chicago at 14.5 points per game and Houston at 12.5 points per game.

.1: That's the number that separates the Texans and the Bears in points per game. Houston ranks second in the NFL at 29.6 points per game, and Chicago is third 29.5.

28: This is a big number. It's the number of takeaways that the Bears have this season to lead the NFL. But it's also the number of times Jay Cutler has been sacked. Cutler is the second most sacked quarterback in the NFL, just one sack shy of Aaron Rodgers who leads the league. On the other side, Matt Schaub is tied for 31st in the league after being sacked just 10 times through eight games.

4: Charles Tillman forced four fumbles last week against the Titans. The Colts have four forced fumbles this season, and Tillman doubled the Rams Sunday, who have just two forced fumbles this season.

14: Sunday against the Bills was the fifth time this season that the Texans have held their opponent to under 14 points. It was also the 14th time in 24 games this defense has done that under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

30: Tillman is just one of two players in NFL history since 1991 to have 30 career forced fumbles and 30 career interceptions.  The other is Brian Dawkins.   

1: There has only been one game this season that Arian Foster has caught more than one pass. Foster had six catches vs Jacksonville in Week 2. Last Sunday against Buffalo was the only game that Foster didn't record a reception this season.

Third Down: Both teams are remarkable on the defensive side of the ball on third down. The Bears rank third in the NFL (33.01%) and the Texans lead the league (26.47 percent).