Brock Osweiler played in eight games for the Denver Broncos last season, his first significant playing time in four years with the team. He completed 61.8 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. His play was decent, but nothing special.
Despite that, the Houston Texans gave Osweiler a four-year, $72 million contract on the free agent market.
After an up-and-down preseason and some worrying reports that he was having issues grasping Bill O'Brien's offense early on, reports now suggest Osweiler is ready to go and on Sunday, his first test will be the NFC North's Chicago Bears.
Osweiler, 25, will have DeAndre Hopkins to throw to, and if he can reliably get the ball in his star receiver's general direction, then the Texans' offense should be in good shape. The running back position will be an interesting one to watch, too, with free agent pickup Lamar Miller listed as the starter.
Arian Foster used to be the starter, and when healthy he was good for the Texans. For a while, he was the only bright spot on the team, but injuries hampered him big time in recent years and Houston released him after last season, when he only played in four games. Foster signed with the Miami Dolphins this offseason, the team that Miller himself just left.
Miller rushed for 872 yards and eight touchdowns with the Dolphins last season, short of his best year in 2014, when he totaled 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns. Miller is 25 years old and has a lot of room to improve, though the Texans may be best served attacking the Bears through the air on Sunday.
That's because the Bears have some significant injuries in what was already considered a middling secondary. Tracy Porter is recovering from a concussion, Kyle Fuller recently had a knee scope and Bryce Callahan is dealing with what is listed as a hamstring and groin strain. Those are the team's top three cornerbacks, though all three say they hope to be available for the game.
Even if they all play, it's hard to imagine they will be 100 percent. Hopkins could be eyeing a big day for the Texans, given the weakness in the Bears' secondary.
Jay Cutler is the starting quarterback for the Bears, and his chief concern on Sunday, other than throwing the football and avoiding interceptions, will be avoiding the wrath of J.J. Watt. Perhaps the best defensive player in the NFL, Watt has been recovering from multiple surgeries over the course of the offseason, but he plans on playing on Sunday and even if he's not at his best, he will still be a force to be reckoned with.
Sunday's game is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET. Television coverage of the game will be provided by FOX, with Thom Brennaman and Fox Sports GO, but it will require a login from a cable or satellite television provider. The other option is an online subscription to Sunday Ticket.on commentary. A live stream will be available online via
How to watch Bears vs. Texans on Sunday
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis