Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak took notice of Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman's big day last Sunday, and plans on making sure his players are always aware of where Tillman is when the two 7-1 teams square off this Sunday night.
Kubiak plans to emphasize ball security more than normal in practice this week as Houston prepares for the ball-hawking Bears (via ESPN Chicago):
"We (emphasize ball security) all the time, but it's going to be a big point of emphasis this week in practice, and when it's all said and done, us protecting the ball will be huge in the game," Kubiak said.
Chicago forced five turnovers in Sunday's 51-20 blowout win over the Tennessee Titans, and Tillman was a huge part of that, forcing four fumbles. The cornerback has used his infamous "ball-punching technique" to force seven fumbles on the season, while he has also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
The Bears' defense as a whole has forced a league-leading 28 turnovers. They have 17 interceptions and have forced 17 fumbles, recovering 11 of them. Seven of those 17 interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, which easily leads the NFL.