CHICAGO — The Texans kept taking the ball away from the Bears. Then, they took their quarterback out of the game.
Arian Foster finished with 102 yards rushing and a touchdown catch, and the Texans intercepted Jay Cutler twice before knocking him out of the game with a concussion (see notebook) on their way to a 13-6 victory over the Bears on Sunday night.
In a showdown between two of the NFL's best, the Texans beat the Bears at their own game in a matchup of teams who both entered 7-1. Houston had four takeaways in the game.
The Texans entered ranked third in the league in total defense, the Bears fifth.
Foster was the only reliable offensive weapon on either side, particularly in the first half when he ran for 85 yards and made a sprawling catch for a 2-yard touchdown from Matt Schaub to put Houston ahead 10-3.
Otherwise, neither team got much going on a soggy night. The Texans did just enough, and now they're tied with Atlanta for the league's best record after the Falcons were upset by New Orleans.
Schaub threw for just 95 yards and was picked off twice by Bears cornerback Tim Jennings. Andre Johnson had just four catches for 35 yards with Charles Tillman on him. Former Bears safety Danieal Manning helped set the tone early, forcing a fumble by tight end Kellen Davis on Chicago's first play from scrimmage and picking off Cutler later in the first quarter.
Cutler completed just 7 of 14 for 40 yards with two interceptions in the first half, and backup Jason Campbell threw for 94 yards in the second.
Brandon Marshall managed 107 yards receiving but also dropped a pass in the end zone. Matt Forte never got going for the Bears, running for 39 yards.
There were offsetting penalties on the play that knocked Cutler out of the game. The quarterback got called for an illegal forward pass because he was beyond the line of scrimmage. He got drilled by Dobbins, who was called for unnecessary roughness.
Cutler stayed in and the drive ended with his second interception. Cornerback Kareem Jackson picked off a pass intended for Marshall in double coverage at the Houston 27. Cutler was in for the final drive of the half, but Campbell started the third quarter.
Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal late in the third but missed a 48-yarder early in the fourth that would have made it a one-point game.