The Bears dropped another one, this time to the Miami Dolphins, 27-14. Chicago’s defense made Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill look like a top five Super Bowl-champion quarterback, as he completed 14 passes in a row before finally missing one with 58 seconds left in the first half. The Bears defense also gave the Dolphins 393 total yards of offense with 137 yards on the ground.
As for the offense, a questionable play call on the Bears opening drive really set the tone. With the Bears facing a third-and-one on their own 47 the staff called for Cutler to throw it deep to Alshon Jeffrey, instead of utilizing Matt Forte to try to pick up the first down. Cutler was sacked three times and threw an interception that was returned for 50-yards that set up a Miami touchdown. Cutler also fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter on their own 16-yard line, which set up a Miami field goal.
“[The turnovers] helped. A lot of them put our offense in scoring position. The main thing was it helped keep their defense on the field and their offense off the field,” said Mike Wallace, Dolphins’ wide receiver.
Coach Trestman took the blame for the loss today.
“We didn’t execute. We didn’t get it done. That starts with me in coaching these guys,” said the Bears head coach.
The frustration of losing at home is starting to build up in the Bears’ locker room. Brandon Marshall was reportedly ripping into his teammates and had to be escorted out of the locker room. Kyle Long also called out Bears’ fans for booing the team at the end of the first half.
If there is a silver lining in all of this, Bears’ defensive tackle, Jeremiah Ratliff, got 3.5 sacks in the first half and Matt Forte brought in two touchdowns. Normally, a player getting 3.5 sacks is supposed to be a factor in the game. However, Ratliff’s performance was negated by the soft performance of the rest of the defense.
The Bears go to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to face the New England Patriots and legendary quarterback Tom Brady. After their bye the following week, the Bears face the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. With their record at 3-4, it may be bleak that the Bears will be able to make a run at the postseason.