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Bears vs Texans: Three winners and three losers

The Chicago Bears dropped a tough one to the Houston Texans in Week 1 of the 2016 season. Here are a few winners and losers.

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The Chicago Bears showed plenty of grit and toughness in their loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, but after their first regular season game, they go back to Chicago with a 0-1 record.


Jay Cutler: The Chicago Bears quarterback picked up where he left off in 2015, getting the offense into an early rhythm, and being smart with the football. He made some great throws (see: TD toss to Eddie Royal) that very few quarterbacks in the league can make, and used his legs to extend plays and drives when he had the opportunity.

The offense did slow down in the second half, and Cutler was credited with one interception, but these are things that were due to inexperience on the offensive side of the ball. As the season goes on, we should see improvements across the board on offense.

Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan: The two new inside linebackers for the Bears registered a total of 28 tackles on Sunday, and were everywhere the football was at all times. We know there are high expectations for the tandem, but against the Texans it is safe to say they exceeded those expectations.

It's still early in the season, but Freeman and Trevathan may be among the best ILB combos in the entire league.

Jacoby Glenn: Now in his second year with the team, Glenn had the opportunity to crack the starting lineup on Sunday due to the injury to Kyle Fuller, and did a great job versus the Texans. He registered five tackles, but more importantly, held his own against wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, including two pass deflections that led to incompletions.

Glenn was hobbled late in the game, but if the injury isn't serious, he will end up seeing more playing time in the future.


Bobby Massie: The Chicago Bears right tackle had a rough outing versus the Texans, getting beat several times from both the inside and the outside. He struggled with the speed from the edge rushers of the Texans, as well as with the muscle in the interior.  The Bears offensive line is still a work in progress, and hopefully Massie bounces back, but his first start of 2016 was not a good one.

Kevin White: There is zero concern at this point that Kevin White won't be a very productive receiver for the Chicago Bears, but in his regular season debut, he struggled. Most notably, Jay Cutler's only interception appeared to be because White ran the wrong route, and after that, Cutler barely even looked his way.

White missed his entire rookie season due to a leg injury, but he should know the playbook as well as any other Bears wideout... He will need to bounce back quickly to avoid getting placed in the doghouse any further.

Tracy Porter: Yes, Porter had an impressive interception of Brock Osweiler to start the game, but he was also caught out of position or being outrun by the opposing wide receiver several times throughout the game. At one point, Osweiler was clearly going after Porter, so hopefully this was enough to knock the rust off of Porter for the rest of the season.

There were some Honorable Mentions for both categories, but who were your winners and losers from Sunday?