The Unabashed Blogorreha stirring and shaking while wondering how you enjoyed the Texans "Chicago Way" win Sunday night. And we're not talking deep dish with sausage at Lou Malnati's or cremini mushroom and dante cheese thin at Great Lake.
We're talking beating the big bad Bears at their own down and dirty take-away game. In the trenches, in the night, in elements more suitable for a pig slop activity than pigskin.
The storyline going into the Sunday night showdown, outlined right here one week ago - how would the nouveau riche Texans respond to round after round of heavyweight brass-knuckles tactics by the home team. Would they answer the proverbial bell against the Bears.
The result rings crystal HD clear. The Texans stand superior. Think "The Stare Down," Clay vs. The Big Bear, Lewiston. Cleat-to-cleat, hit for hit, smack for smack, in the muck, on the road, where the game is much more grind than glide.
In a battle of high stakes, calling for whatever it takes, in conditions Bear-built to order, where attitude and muscle max-out, the Texans flex first and last and every time in between.
And Wade's Way again proves definitive and destructive.
The Bears quarterback is knocked down and then out at the half.
The Bears three first-period possessions die in turnovers.
The Bears last three series generate a net two yards. Fourteen Chicago series and only one penetrates the Texans 20 yard line. Chicago first-and-goal from the 10 late second period results in only a field goal. Critical when the scoreboard margin is never separated by more than seven points.
That dynamo defensive tone is set by ex-Bear Danieal Manning. His bone-crushing hammer on the Bears first snap forces a fumble and leads to a Graham field goal. His swipe on Cutler kills the Bears third series. His near seal-the-deal steal final period completes his best 60 minutes as a Texan.
A performance standard shared by Kareem Jackson and Tim Dobbins. That trio has never shown better.
And it's all absolutely necessary given the conservative offensive play-calling in the midst of Mother Nature's uninvited influence, Schaub throwing for only 95 yards with two interceptions, Foster running for only 17 yards in the second half and the toughest 102 total a back can rack. Arian also adds the most sublime two-yard touchdown reception in franchise history.
This is one of those wins which carries intangible dividends, registers deeper on the NFL Richter and inside the Texans inner sanctum than merely raising the AFC's best-record to 8-1, as if that's distinction is not enough.
Here now the coach the day after the soggy night before.
Kubiak on what the Texans showed the country last night: "I don't know what we showed people. I know what we're proving to ourselves. That's the most important thingis what are these guys feeling in the locker room. We faced circumstances that we needed to rise up to last night. It was obvious from the minute that you showed up to the stadium what type of football game you're going to have to play and how you were going to have to play to win. If anything, we proved we can go do that. I don't think we've been in one like that in a while. We've been in a high-scoring game on the road early in the season ... so if anything we proved to ourselves that we can win those types of games."
Kubiak on if a win like last night's gives a team even more confidence: "I think the more ways you find to win in this league, you get more confidence because you never know when you show up what it's going to take that given day. I think we knew what it was going to take, but were we willing to do it? Could we sit in there in that type of game and be patient and all those things as a team? It's got to give us confidence down the road because we have some really tough road games coming up here in the back half of the season, but things like that give you a chance to be a great team. There will be nothing false about what we are when we get there at the end because we're in some tough situations and the more we handle them the better we get."
Kubiak on refocusing on Sunday's game against Jacksonville: "We celebrate winning. We do that. You've got to enjoy. Winning in this league is too hard. If you get to where winning is relief and losing is grief, then you're in the wrong business so you better enjoy it."
Kubiak on status of Ben Tate and Owen Daniels: "I would think Owen is probably a little bit further along. I think they both have a chance of playing in this game. We'll know more as we get to Wednesday and Thursday. But remember, Tate has been running with the trainers so that's a move in the right direction. He's very close."
Kubiak on status of Shaun Cody: "He's got an excellent chance of playing this week. We're going to do kind of a trial run on Wednesday with him with the trainers, how we would approach the game with him. If he's able to work through that situation I think you could see him on the field probably Thursday or Friday. We're heading toward him being back active and being a part of it."