Roquan Smith intercepted Davis Mills with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter to set up Cairo Santos' 30-yard field goal late in the game as the Bears (2-1) beat the Texans (0-2-1). 23-20 Sunday on the battlefield.
"I'm happy with the win," coach Matt Eberflus said. "It was an uphill battle until the end. What I said to the guys at half time, I said, 'hey man, we were made for this; we have endurance and physicality.
We are building for the second half. And those guys did a great job getting what they wanted in the second half of this game. Coming up clear with a great interception at the end to seal the deal and then Cairo's spot to take the win.
The Bears went on a 10-0 run to start the game. Santos drove 47 yards on the Bears' first possession, then Khalil Herbert ran for an 11-yard touchdown on the next drive.
Houston responded with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Mills to Jordan Akins and a 1-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce to take a 14-13 halftime lead.
In the second half, Herbert ran for another touchdown when the Texans scored a second-half goal to even things up at 20-20. Herbert led the Bears offense with a career-high 157 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns
the Bears rushing for 281 yards. Herbert arrived after David Montgomery injured his right leg during the Bears' second practice. After the game, Eberflus told reporters that Montgomery was day-to-day and said "he's been fine."
Quarterback Justin Fields completed 8 of 17 passes for 106 yards while throwing two interceptions. Fields said he needed to improve on "a lot of things", but was very upset about his two contributions because they were "things [he] could control".