CHICAGO (AP) — Roquan Smith set up Cairo Santos’ game-ending area purpose when he intercepted Davis Mills deep in Houston territory, and the Chicago Bears beat former coach Lovie Smith and the Texans 23-20 on Sunday.
Khalil Herbert ran for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago.
The Texans had third-and-1 at their 26 when defensive sort out Angelo Blackson tipped a cross supposed for Rex Burkhead. Smith, who missed follow all week due to a hip harm, intercepted it on the 30 and returned it to the 12.
Chicago had Herbert run, then downed the ball twice earlier than Santos nailed a 30-yarder as time expired.
The Bears (2-1) angered their followers with conservative calls at occasions and have been booed loudly on the finish of the primary half once they opted to expire the clock fairly than use any timeouts with Houston (0-2-1) main by one.
Justin Fields had one other tough recreation. Running again David Montgomery exited within the early going with knee and ankle accidents, however the Bears got here away with the win after dropping at rival Green Bay.
The Texans dropped their second in a row after blowing fourth-quarter leads in a season-opening tie with Indianapolis and loss to Denver.
Herbert, whose earlier excessive was 100 yards as a rookie final season, made it 10-0 when he scored from the 11 within the first quarter. He additionally broke off a 52-yard run early within the third and ran it in from the 1 to provide the Bears a short-lived 20-17 lead.
Fields was 8 of 17 for 106 yards. The former Ohio State star threw two interceptions and had a 27.7 score.
Montgomery walked off the sphere in ache on Chicago’s second possession after his proper leg received rolled up on whereas he was cross blocking.
Eddie Jackson intercepted a cross in the long run zone within the second quarter.
Smith, who led the Bears to an 81-63 report and a Super Bowl look from 2004-12, is 0-3 in opposition to his former workforce. That contains losses with Tampa Bay in 2014 at Soldier Field and 2015 at Raymond James Stadium.
Mills threw for 245 yards, finishing 20 of 32 passes. He had a landing and two interceptions in opposition to a protection lacking high cornerback Jaylon Johnson due to a hamstring harm.
Dameon Pierce ran for 80 yards and a TD. Chris Moore had a 52-yard reception.
Jalen Pitre grew to become the second rookie in Texans historical past to report two interceptions in a recreation, becoming a member of Dunta Robinson in opposition to the Raiders on Oct. 3, 2004. He additionally had a sack within the closing minutes.
Texans: No accidents have been reported.
Bears: WR Byron Pringle (calf) was injured on the identical play as Montgomery and left the sport.
Texans: Host the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 2.
Bears: Visit the New York Giants on Oct. 2.