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Discussion in 'BEAR DOWN GAME DAY!!!' started by little bear, Oct 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM.
How they match up: Dolphins vs. Bears
QuarterbackAdvantageJay Cutler had a memorable performance in Week 6, passing for 381 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Cutler ranks fifth in the NFL in touchdown passes (13), second in completions (156) and fourth in passing yards (1,676). When Cutler protects the football, the Bears are tough to beat. Miami's Ryan Tannehill has completed 113 of 186 pass attempts for 1,146 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions (81.5 quarterback rating).Running backAdvantageBears tailback Matt Forte has tallied 150-plus yards from scrimmage in four games this year. He racked up 157 yards from scrimmage in last Sunday's win over Atlanta, to go along with two touchdowns. Forte leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage since 2008 with 10,360. Forte tops the Bears in receptions (46). Miami is seventh in the league in rushing offense (136.2), but just lost tailback Knowshon Moreno to a season-ending injury. Lamar Miller is averaging an impressive 5.2 yards per carries on 63 rushing attempts (330 yards, three touchdowns). However, Mills has lost three fumbles this season.Wide receiversAdvantageBrandon Marshall (six catches for 113 yards) and Alshon Jeffery (five catches, 136 yards) each had big games in the Georgia Dome. Marshall has the second-most catches (243) in the NFL since 2012. Jeffery has already caught 144 passes for 2,283 yards and 12 touchdowns in 32 career games. The Dolphins have an assortment of talented wideouts led by Mike Wallace (25 receptions for 313 yards and four touchdowns), but the group is nowhere near as accomplished as Marshall and Jeffery, although Wallace is a legitimate deep threat.Tight endAdvantageChicago's Martellus Bennett leads all NFL tight ends in receptions (36), ranks fourth in receiving yards (364), and is tied for fourth in touchdowns (four). Bennett is one of four tight ends to have at least 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards since 2013. Charles Clay is the Dolphins' No. 1 tight end and has 17 receptions for 146 yards.Offensive lineAdvantageMiami revamped its offensive line after the highly publicized incidents last year involving Richie Incognito. Rookie right tackle Ja'Wuan James appears to have a bright NFL future. The team welcomed back right guard Mike Pouncey last week, and left tackle Branden Albert is a seven-year veteran. The Dolphins have been efficient running the football, and Tannehill has been sacked 10 times. The Bears' offensive line did not play particularly well in Atlanta. Right tackle Jordan Mills had a rough day. The Bears have also been dealing with a variety of injuries up front since Week 1. Opponents have sacked Cutler 15 times in six games.Defensive lineAdvantageChicago defensive end Willie Young is having a career-year with a team-high seven sacks. Nose tackle Stephen Paea is disruptive up the middle with four sacks. Veteran Jared Allen is steadily improving after a bout with pneumonia. The Bears have been pleased with the development of rookies Ego Ferguson (two sacks) and Will Sutton. Dolphins defensive ends Cameron Wake and Oliver Vernon are tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks apiece. Miami is the 13th-ranked rushing defense (110.0). The Bears are No. 10 versus the run (103.7).LinebackersAdvantageThe Bears are apparently deep at linebacker. Minus four linebackers in Week 6, they leaned on reserves Darryl Sharpton, Khaseem Greene and Christian Jones. All three linebackers delivered in the convincing victory over the Falcons. Lance Briggs (44) and Jon Bostic (40) are the leading tacklers on defense. Miami (the seventh-ranked defense in the NFL), is getting strong play at linebacker from Philip Wheeler, Jelani Jenkins and Jason Trusnik. The Bears simply have better depth.SecondaryAdvantageDefensive backfield play is the strength of the Miami defense. The Dolphins are ninth against the pass (221.6), featuring experienced cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan, and productive safeties Louis Delmas and Reshad Jones. Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller is making a strong push for NFL Rookie of the Year with three interceptions and three forced fumbles. Safety Ryan Mundy is thriving in his first year in Chicago.Special teamsAdvantageMiami's Jarvis Landry is dangerous on kickoff returns, averaging 31.8 yards per return with a long of 74 yards. The Dolphins will have a clear advantage in the return game on Sunday. Both team's kickers Caleb Sturgis and Robbie Gould have each only missed one kick on the season. Punters Brandon Fields (43.9 yards per attempt) and Pat O'Donnell (44.2 yards) have similar numbers. On coverage, the Bears are the vastly superior outfit. Home team gets the nod.CoachingAdvantageBears coach Marc Trestman is 11-11 overall but led his team to a crucial road win last weekend. Trestman called a smart game on offense. Defensive coaches deserve credit for getting so many reserve players ready to go on such short notice. Miami coach Joe Philbin (17-20) is lucky to have a job after last year's locker room fiasco involving Incognito. Philbin was never held accountable for what took place on his watch.OverallAdvantageThe Bears need to win a game at home. Chicago is 0-2 at Soldier Field, mainly because they lost the turnover battle against Buffalo and Green Bay. The team seems to be riding high after the Week 6 victory in Atlanta, but the NFL remains a week-to-week league. You never know which Bears team is going to show up. Regardless, the Bears are the better team on paper, and should find a way to stifle Tannehill. As long as the offense protects the football, the Bears win by a touchdown.PREDICTION: Bears 28, Dolphins 21
This is a MUST WIN game for the Bears. It's a game we "should win" and we need to beat the opponents on our schedule that we are supposed to beat. Also, it's a home game and we haven't won at home yet. Finally, the next two games on the road against NE and GB will be tough and we need to steal one of those to remain in the playoff hun.
Absolutely must win not only having to keep pace with the packers but keeping pace for a wild card with the teams in the NFC east and west...