The Chicago Bears (2-1) ran their way to a Week 3 victory over the Houston Texans (1-1-1), and might have stumbled across a winning recipe for the rest of the season.

The Bears broke the Texans’ will on the ground, finishing the day with a whopping 281 yards rushing.

Keep in mind, Chicago was able to gash Houston sans starting running back David Montgomery for a majority of the game. Montgomery, who suffered injuries to his knee and ankle, left the game in the first quarter, leaving backup Khalil Herbert to head the Bears’ rushing attack.

Herbert went above and beyond the call of duty, racking up 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. That comes out to an incredibly efficient 7.9 yards per attempt.

It’s no secret that the Bears are a run-first offense, but it was all about the scheme in Sunday’s 23-20 win.

Of the Bears’ 281 yards on the ground, 190 of those yards were picked up before the Texans made contact with the ball carrier. That’s right, 67 percent of Chicago’s rush yards came prior to be touched by a Texan.

Not only was the Bears’ offensive line creating holes and stifling defenders, but offensive coordinator Luke Getsy was pressing all of the right buttons.

Toss plays and stretch handoffs helped Herbert get to the second level, hitting the open field with a full head of steam.

While Montgomery can pick up the tough yards in between the tackles and punish would-be tacklers after taking on contact, the Bears explored a new way to pound the rock.

The Bears’ win proved that success is not defined based on when they run the ball, but it’s how they run the ball that can pick apart vulnerable defenses.

Nobody truly knows the potential of this young Bears offense, but if Getsy can continue to mix it up in the run game this team will be able to build off of a sound foundation.

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