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Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 7

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The Bears got back to work today, preparing for their toughest test of the season- hosting 7-1 Houston on Sunday night. Some have hyped it as a mid season Super Bowl preview. Maybe. If not for the fact that the only loss the two teams share is to the same team: Green Bay.

Cutler said the team watched the Texans loss to the Packers today in preparation, but the Bears are a different offense and like to run the ball more than the Pack. Frankly, they are just focused on themselves.

And this offense remains a work in progress, chasing the very high bar set by the Bears defense. "We're not going to catch the defense this year, its not going to happen, we're 8-9 years behind those guys they've been in the same system a long time. We just have to focus on ourselves and each guy has to get a little better each week."

That is much easier said than done against Houston's defense led by J-J Watt. The second year d-end is the first player since 2007 to record 10 sacks and 10 pass deflections in the same season. Actually, Watt has

10.5 sacks, most in the N-F-L. This may not define the Bears season but, for an offense trying to take the next step, this is a test they need to pass. Especially the o-line. Watt and Gabe Carimi were teammates at Wisconsin, and according to the Bears LT they will cancel each other out.

Let's hope so...Carimi has had a rough couple of games and leads the team in penalties. Things that were overlooked in the outstanding play of the defense and 6 straight wins. Things that will be taken advantage of by Houston. The Texans have done virtually everything better than anyone else in the league and are in the top 10 in pretty much every statistical category. What did Green Bay do to beat them? Throw the ball- again...and again...and again. Rodgers threw 6 TD passes. 6.

Cutler does have Brandon Marshall off to a record breaking year- leading the NFC in receiving yards. But slow starts and relying on the defense can't be the way of this team in the second half of the season. They know that. They all know that- and we remind them. Every. Single Week.

This is true, if the Bears want to have a defining moment, a game where they prove they are a contender. This is it. On all sides of the ball.

But there is a chance Peanut Tillman won't be there for it. The reigning defensive player of the month is expecting his 4th child any day. And if that happens Sunday, Peanut will chose family over football, a decision Lovie Smith would support. Tillman has decided how he will handle things, but wasn't willing to share all the specifics except to say, if the baby comes before say 10am, he would still have time to be at the game. I suspect if all is well with baby girl, Peanut will be there to punch the ball away from the Texans. And could very well be the difference maker as the Bears kick off the second half of the season.

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