The Dolphins' read-option gave the Bears fits all day as Ryan Tannehill had possibly the best game of his young career - certainly the best game of his season, throwing for two touchdowns and escaping a fourth-and-one for 30 yards and a first down deep into Bears' territory. He started the scoring by finding Charles Clay all alone in the end zone, then Mike Wallace in the second quarter. The Bears were held scoreless into the half, finally putting points on the board with a 10-yard bullet with Matt Forte leaking into the flat for a touchdown. Forte added another rushing touchdown in the fourth, but in between, a Lamar Miller touchdown and a field goal by Caleb Sturgis helped push this one further out of reach.
The score seems a little close for a rout; that's because it never really felt like the Bears were going to be able to punch their way back into the fight. They were overwhelmed in number of first downs, time of possession, total yardage, and especially turnovers (the Bears gave the ball away three times, one interception and two fumbles).
This team has some questions. Heading into New England next week, we'll have to hope they have some answers. We'll have more in Notes tomorrow morning, but for now, some numbers.
Bears Quick Stats:
Jay Cutler: 21/33, 190 yards, TD, INT - 76.6 Passer Rating; 2 carries, 3 yards
Matt Forte: 12 carries, 49 yards, TD; 6 receptions, 60 yards, Rec TD
Brandon Marshall: 6 receptions, 48 yards
Martellus Bennett: 5 receptions, 58 yards
Alshon Jeffery: 2 receptions, 9 yards
Dolphins Quick Stats:
Ryan Tannehill: 25/32, 277 yards, 2 TD - 123.6 Passer Rating; 6 carries, 48 yards
Lamar Miller: 18 carries, 61 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 22 yards
Charles Clay: 4 receptions, 58 yards, TD
Mike Wallace: 5 receptions, 46 yards, TD
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