Bears v Dolphins reactions

Coming out of the bye week, I was a bit worried about how the Bears would come out against Miami. In the first half, those worries became reality as the Bears offense was very stagnant and didn’t move the ball well at all. The defense also looked a step slow. After halftime, the Bears seemed to find a rhythm scoring 21 straight points. As they were getting ready to score again, Mitchell Trubisky threw an interception in the end zone which led to a scoring drive by the Dolphins. What could’ve been a put away score led to momentum swinging toward Miami. The game ended up going into overtime and the Bears lost a heartbreaker, 31-28. They are now 3-2 on the season.

What I liked

  • Trubisky starting to get it together. Besides the end zone interception, Mitch Trubisky had a solid game. He threw for 316 yards with three touchdowns. He’s really found a rhythm since the last game and I hope he can keep it up. The games won’t get any easier.
  • Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson. It first started last game, but the off-season acquisitions are starting to develop chemistry with Trubisky. The biggest beneficiary has to be Taylor Gabriel. He has big-play ability and really benefits from playing in Coach Nagy’s scheme. Though undersized, he presents a ton of problems for defenders because of his speed and has been used outside a lot more than in the slot.
  • Defense making plays. Kendell Fuller forced a big interception in the third quarter to help swing momentum back to their Bears after scoring their first touchdown. As I mentioned earlier, the Bears D looked a bit rusty with coming out of the bye. In overtime, it looked as if Running back, Kenyan Drake was going to score and end the game for Miami but Akeim Hicks made a big play forcing a fumble near the goal line where the Bears recovered in the end zone. The ensuing drive saw Cody Parkey miss a long field goal but to even be in that position was all set up by the play of Hicks.

What I did not like

  • The turnovers. The Bears had three big turnovers. Jordan Howard fumbled on the goal line, like Drake for the Dolphins. Trubisky threw an interception in the end zone and Tarik Cohen fumbled just as the Dolphins were finding a rhythm late in the game.
  • Inability to get a pass rush. With the announcement that starter, Ryan Tannehill would miss the game, I really felt that would benefit the Bears who came in at second in the NFL in sacks. The Bears failed to sack Osweiler for the entirety of the game and that was a key reason why the Dolphins were able to move the ball the effectively all game.

What I hope to see going forward

The Bears have the Patriots next week and the pass rush will have to be better against Brady if they want to pull out the win. Chicago also has to get out to a better start. If they get down early, it could be a long game.

 

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