Chicago Bears: 3 players whose reputation is on the line vs. Texans

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Chicago Bears, J.J. Watt
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For some Chicago Bears in particular, Sunday’s matchup with the Houston Texans should be about pride.

If we’re being honest, the rest of the season is about pride, not just Sunday’s home tilt with the Houston Texans. The 2020 version of the Chicago Bears is now what fans had hoped for coming into the season, and they have just four games remaining to remind everyone why they were division champs just two short years ago.

With any matchup between the Bears and either the Texans or Kansas City Chiefs, you’re bound to see plenty of talk about the 2017 NFL Draft. By now, that’s a tiring storyline. We know the Bears went with Mitchell Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. We get it — and it cannot be changed.

Let’s move on to real-life, current topics when it comes to this football game, shall we? The Texans fired Bill O’Brien earlier this year, and have seemed to respond well. They’ve played better since then, and Watson in particular has been unleashed.

The Bears, meanwhile, could seek to make a coaching change of their own, but it likely won’t come mid-season. Chicago is, of course, amidst a six-game losing streak and all seems lost at this point. Therefore, you’ve likely seen lots of talk about playing for pride. That’s what it’s about going forward.

The Bears won’t make it into the playoffs at this rate, and even if they did, wouldn’t make a bit of noise. Fans have turned their attention to next year, but the fact of the matter is, there are some players who have seemed to do the same.

The problem is, the players don’t have a choice. They still have to play. Fans can look ahead, but if the players give up, it looks real ugly. Sunday against the Texans, there are three players who need to remind people the talent they possess. It’s time to see these guys dominate in a plus matchup.