The Dolphins' stadium, whatever you call it now, has been a house of horrors for the Bears but not tonight. The Bears completely dominated the Dolphins in a 16-0 shutout victory.
If this was a 12 round boxing match, the Bears kept peppering the Dolphins consistently with punching combinations to the body and head en route to winning every single round. This game was like the recent Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight. A complete beat down.
The Dolphins had no answer to what the Bears were doing on offense and
on defense. This game wasn't even close.
The Dolphins had no chance and to think the Bears were 1.5 point underdogs and were picked by many to lose. Those who did pick the Bears, thought this game was going to be closely contested.
The Bears defense was solid as usual. They produced 6 sacks (Julius Peppers with 3) and held the Dolphins to only 39 yards rushing and 187 total yards. The Dolphins were also 1 for 11 in third downs.
Jay Cutler played another solid game despite having pedestrian stats. He did force the ball and was intercepted but this game was just further proof that he doesn't have to try to make every play for the Bears to have a chance to win the game.
This was further evidence that if the Bears have a balanced attack, they're going to win ball games. There were 32 passing plays and 36 rushing plays.
The offensive line cleared the running lane for Matt Forte as he rushed for 97 yards and only allowed 2 sacks.
Start believing Bears fans. This is the 3rd straight win. The Bears are peaking at the right time. The offensive line is starting to settle in. The running game is taking the pressure off Cutler. The receivers are making plays and coming up with big catches.
Mike Martz and Mike Tice told us that the new schemes that were installed during the offseason were going to take time to develop. Through the growing pains of the first half of the season, the Bears still managed to be a top of the NFC North.
Now, the Bears are 7-3 and in firm control of their destiny. Their remaining schedule is no doubt difficult but in this unpredictable season, no game is a sure bet to go either way.
Up next, Michael Vick and the Eagles in front of the 4th Phase.