Despite two picks, Jennings wanted more

November, 12, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was the last one who should have felt bad about the Chicago Bears' 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.

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Scott Strazzante/Getty ImagesTim Jennings picked off two Matt Schaub passes on Sunday to up his total to an NFL-best eight this season.
Jennings was a primary reason the Bears remained in the game the entire night. Jennings added two more interceptions Sunday and upped his NFL lead to eight.

Yet when Jennings was asked about his night, he felt he and the defense were as much at fault for the defeat as anyone because the Bears forced only two turnovers to the Texans creating four.

"It was everything we expected," Jennings said of the game. "They came out and we knew it was going to be tough. We knew it was going to be 60 minutes. We knew we had to beat them in the turnover ratio, and we weren't able to do that. Whatever team that wins the turnover ratio has got a better chance to win.

"We got to capitalize on the turnovers we got. We got to win the turnover ratio."

Jennings, who already had one touchdown on the season, nearly capitalized on his interception in the second quarter. After snatching the ball in the air and falling at the Texans' 48-yard-line, Jennings didn't feel he was touched, jumped back up and ran to the end zone while everyone stood around wondering what was going on.

The officials ruled Jennings had been touched on the ground and was down at the 48. Bears coach Lovie Smith challenged the call, and referee Gene Steratore ruled the call stood after review.

"I didn't think so, but I guess I did," Jennings said of whether he believed he was touched.

His performance Sunday continued to add to what has been an unforgettable season for Jennings. With his eight interceptions, he has now surpassed his career total prior to this season. In his previous six seasons, he had seven interceptions.

Where Jennings failed to take credit, Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was more than willing to praise him.

"It's just who he is," Melton said. "I think the guy is a ball hawk. We call him the hawk. He just flies around making playing. We love him for that."
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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