Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears 10/19/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Dolphins 27
The AFC East and NFC North clashed in Week 7 with a nice-looking game between the Dolphins and the Bears. Miami was coming off a close loss to the Packers in Week 6, while the Bears managed to take care of business on the road against the Falcons.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and stats in this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 8 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: QB Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense came out firing in this one. The first scoring strike was a 13-yard pass to Chales Clay midway through the first, and that’s how it would stay at the end of one.
In the second, the Miami offense struck again on a 10-yard hookup from Tannehill to Mike Wallace to make it 14-0. The Bears weren’t able to get much of anything going by themselves, and that’s the way the score stayed as the teams headed to the locker room.
After halftime, the Bears got it moving, capping off a nice, long drive on a 10-yard Jay Cutler pass to Matt Forte. Unfortunately for Chicago, the Dolphins were able to put together a nice, long drive themselves immediately thereafter. That one ended on a 2-yard Lamar Miller rushing TD. At the end of three, it was 21-7 Dolphins.
In the fourth, Miami added to their lead on a 33-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal. Chicago got some late life after another Dolphins field goal try was blocked, and they put together a good drive that ended on a 1-yard Forte rushing TD. That made the score 24-14.
The Phins came out strong on their next drive, keeping the Bears defense on their heels with some solid play calling. The end result was a 19-yard field goal, after a Miller TD was called back due to a hold. The Bears showed some late life on their last drive, but couldn’t get it done. Miami took the win here 27-14 in a very convincing effort.
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The Stars: The Dolphins’ read-option offense was working well in this one, and the result was a very solid all-around effort from the team. Tannehill finished 25-of-32 for 277 yards and a pair of scores, and didn’t record his first incompletion until late in the second quarter. He also rushed for 48 yards on six tries.
It was a good rushing day overall for Miami: as a team they recorded 137 yards on the ground.
The Goats: There are two stats that stick out for the Bears here. One is their three turnovers (two fumbles; one interception); the other is the 22:39 time of possession. Conversely the Dolphins recorded no giveaways and held the ball for 37:21.
Whether it’s credit to Miami’s defense or just plain bad offense only the Bears know, but Alshon Jeffery only recorded two catches for nine yards.
Injuries: Kyle Fuller came out of this one, which is bad news to an already depleted Bears secondary. He’s got a hip injury; we’ll have to see how he does this week.
Additionally, the Dolphins’ Brent Grimes was off the field on the final drive. No word as yet as to his issue.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 8, the Dolphins will be making the short trip north to visit the Jaguars (Sunday, Oct. 26; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Bears will head east for their game against the Patriots (Sunday, Oct. 26; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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