The Houston Texans fell 36-7 in a lopsided loss to the Bears at Soldier Field. The Texans trailed the entire game, and it was the first time in five meetings between the two franchises that Chicago won.
"It was uninspired," Crennel said. "We didn't have the energy that we had been having in the last couple weeks. I don't know why, what it was, but that will, that attitude the last couple of weeks that we played with, we didn't have that today."
Deshaun Watson, without receiver Brandin Cooks and running back David Johnson, completed 21-of-30 passes for 219 yards, with one touchdown and a 101.9 passer rating. Watson also rushed for 38 yards on seven carries. Chad Hansen finished with a team-high seven catches for 56 yards receiving, while Keke Coutee scored the lone touchdown for the Texans. Buddy Howell led the backs with 11 carries for 42 yards rushing.
"I mean it's tough, but I can't sit here and make any excuses," Watson said. "I just got to continue to control what I can control. Go through my reads and try to bring those guys along with me and build that chemistry as best as we can. That's just how the NFL works. So, yeah, those guys are out there. They're professionals. And, you know, just try to get that rhythm and chemistry as fast as we can in live action."
The Texans secondary was also banged up, without cornerbacks Philip Gaines and John Reid. Safety Eric Murray finished with a team-high 11 tackles (10 solo), 2.0 sacks, two quarterback hits and two tackles for loss.
Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes, including one to Allen Robinson who also had 123 yards receiving.
The Bears took an early 14-0 lead after running back David Montgomery scored on an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of their opening drive. Trubisky threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the second quarter.
"Obviously giving up an 80-yard touchdown run the first play of the game is not an ideal way to start your momentum for the day, but you've got to overcome that and find a way and go out there and try and make plays," J.J. Watt said. "We did not do that."
Watson responded with an eight-play, 86-yard scoring drive. After a 48-yard catch-and-run by Duke Johnson, Watson scrambled for a 14-yard gain. Watson found Coutee on the next play, and the Ka'imi Fairbairn extra point cut the Bears lead to 14-7 in the second quarter.
Houston's defense forced a three-and-out on Trubisky and the Bears, but the Texans' next offensive series ended in a safety. On the second play of the drive, Watson was sacked by Khalil Mack in the endzone.
Chicago added to its lead when Trubisky threw two more touchdown passes, connecting with Darnell Mooney and Robinson. The Texans trailed 30-7 at halftime.
Watson led the offense to the Bears one-yard line, but his touchdown run was overturned. On the next play, Watson was injured and AJ McCarron came in for the fourth-and-goal play but was sacked. Watson returned on the next possession.
"I'm good," Watson said after the game. "I just had to come out for a play because I stayed on the ground, and yeah that was pretty much it. I just wanted to finish out the game. There was nothing else to that so that was really my decision."
The Bears were held to a pair of field goals by Cairo Santos in the second half. Following the second field goal of the half, the Texans defense forced a three-and-out. On the punt return, Coutee fumbled and the Bears regained possession at the Houston 37-yard line. Trubisky and the Bears were unable to convert the takeaway into points after Murray's sack on third down. The Texans offense had one final series, a 10-play, 41-yard drive and converted four first downs, but ultimately ended the game at the Chicago 25-yard line.
With the loss, the Texans fall to 4-9 on the season and will head to Indianapolis for a rematch with the Colts in Week 15.