Texans vs. Bears Point Spread: NFL Week 14 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 07, 2020

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson plays his first professional NFL game in the city of Chicago on Sunday – we’ll explain why that matters – as the Houston Texans visit the Bears in Week 14.

Houston
4-12
AT
December 13, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
Soldier Field
Chicago
8-8
Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -115
Over / Under o +46.5

68%

Betting Action

32%

Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +46.5

68%

Betting Action

32%

Houston opened as a 2.5-point road favourite on the NFL odds with a total of 45.5

NFL Week 14 Point Spread and Betting Analysis

If the Chicago Bears fire general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy after this disappointing season as many expect, it will be largely because of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Bears held the No. 3 overall pick in that draft yet never bothered to work out or even meet with the top quarterback prospect in the class, Clemson All-American Deshaun Watson, who had accomplished about everything a star player could possibly do at the NCAA level but win a Heisman – he was a two-time finalist.

Instead, Pace and Nagy focused their attention on Mitchell Trubisky, even though he had started just one season at North Carolina and the Tar Heels were only slightly above average under him. Pace decided to trade up one spot from No. 3 to No. 2, giving up multiple picks, and took Trubisky. Houston traded up to No. 12 overall to take Watson and Kansas City traded up to No. 10 overall to take some Texas Tech quarterback named Patrick Mahomes.

Just about every scout saw Watson as an NFL star and he has been; no one could have projected how good Mahomes has become. Pace’s disastrous decision on Trubisky, who will not be back in Chicago in 2021, will go down as one of the worst in league history. This will be the first time Watson faces the Bears. If fans were allowed in attendance at Soldier Field on Sunday, it would be ugly for Pace and Nagy.

The Texans have won and covered all four meetings with the Bears, most recently in 2016.

Houston Texans

Both of these teams lost games they shouldn’t have Sunday. Houston was knocked off 26-20 at home by Indianapolis to essentially end any long-shot Wild-Card hopes the Texans had. Watson threw for 341 yards and rushed for a score, but he didn’t have a TD pass for the first time this season, had an interception and fumbled a low snap at the Indianapolis 2-yard line late in the game. The Colts recovered and that was that.

Inactive for eight of the team’s first nine games, receiver Keke Coutee had a career-high 141 yards receiving. His role got much bigger because No. 1 wideout Will Fuller was suspended early last week for six games due to violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers. Top cornerback Bradley Roby also got six games.

Chicago Bears

The Bears’ percentage chance of winning Sunday’s home game vs. Detroit was hovering around 99 per cent when leading 30-20 with four minutes remaining, but Chicago managed to blow that and lose 34-30 – which probably got both Pace and Nagy officially fired (after the season). Trubisky got the start for the second straight game with Nick Foles banged up and Trubisky completed 26 of 34 for 267 yards and a score.

However, Trubisky fumbled on a sack with about 1:45 remaining and that led to Detroit’s go-ahead touchdown only about 30 seconds after getting within three. It was Chicago’s sixth straight loss, the franchise’s longest skid since 2002, and multiple former players ripped Nagy and management on Twitter afterward. It’s not yet clear if Foles or Trubisky will start this week. Foles was healthy enough to serve as the No. 2 on Sunday.

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