CHICAGO (AP) — Arian Foster made a diving catch in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown, lifting the Houston Texans to a 10-3 halftime lead against the Chicago Bears on a rainy Sunday night at Soldier Field.
Houston forced four turnovers, and Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings picked off two Matt Schaub passes in the wet conditions.
With the teams tied at 3 midway through the second quarter, Justin Forsett broke off a 25-yard run to the Chicago 3 to set up the only touchdown of the half.
Foster had 85 yards on 17 carries at the break, and Schaub was 9 of 17 for 49 yards.
Chicago was threatening late in second quarter, but Jay Cutler's pass to Brandon Marshall was intercepted by Kareem Jackson at the Houston 28. It was Cutler's second interception of the game.
Cutler, who took a big hit from Tim Dobbins in the second, had a dismal first half, completing 7 of 14 passes for 40 yards. The Texans held Chicago to just 99 yards of total offense.
After the Texans went three and out on the opening possession, they got the ball back after former Bears defensive back Danieal Manning jarred the ball loose from tight end Kellen Davis. Dobbins returned the fumble 32 yards but an unsportsmanlike penalty pushed the ball back to the Chicago 43.
Shayne Graham capped off a 41-yard drive with a 20-yard field goal.
The Texans forced another turnover when Michael Bush fumbled after an 11-yard run to the Houston 27. Glover Quin forced the fumble and Bradie James recovered.
Chicago, which leads the league in takeaways and turnover differential, got the ball right back on Jennings' interception at the Houston 45.
Manning also intercepted Cutler's pass at the Texans 10 to stop another Bears drive.
Early in the second quarter, Jennings picked off Schaub at the Houston 48 and returned it 10 yards to set up a 51-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Bears had a chance to take the lead but Brandon Marshall dropped Cutler's pass in the end zone.
It was Jennings' league-leading eighth interception
Chicago lost defensive end Shea McClellin to a concussion in the first quarter.
Both teams are 7-1 and in first place, with the Bears leading the NFC North and the Texans atop the AFC South. The lone loss for both teams came against the Packers.
The Bears and Texans each feature strong defenses. The Texans have not allowed a rushing touchdown and J.J. Watt leads the NFL in sacks. The Bears have allowed only one rushing touchdown and Charles Tillman forced four fumbles in a 51-20 blowout against Tennessee last week.
Tillman's status had been up in the air after he told Chicago radio station WSCR-AM that he might not be available because his wife, Jackie, is due to give birth. But in a message to ESPN, he wrote "god, family, football... Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday."
The Texans played without tight end Owen Daniels because of a back injury. Daniels, Houston's second-leading receiver, was limited in practice on Friday after sitting out the previous two days.
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