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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Texans 31, Bears 24

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Sure, it's nice that the Texans were able to get to 8-8 again with their win over the Bears. Matching last season's record means while they didn't get better, they didn't get worse.

But there were things on Sunday about how they won that were more significant than that they won.

One of the league's worst giveaway teams lost the ball just once on a Steve Slaton fumble.

One of the league's worst red zone offenses got touchdowns on three of four trips inside the Bears' 20 and 24 points total.

The Texans were also able to get the ball to their biggest weapon, as Matt Schaub threw to Andre Johnson 10 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Against a quality defense, the Texans kept the ball for 37:34 in a game where the Bears had much higher stakes -- they started the game still alive for a playoff berth, and could have earned one with a win, a Tampa Bay loss (which happened) and a Dallas loss.

The Texans will hear a lot this offseason about turnover reduction and red zone production. Their coaches will need only to point to the last game of 2008 to show what a difference improvement in those areas can make in 2009.