They allowed the Dolphins to convert only one third down conversion out of 11 attempts. They held the Dolphins under 200 yards of offense for the entire game.
The Dolphins game-plan might have been questionable considering they ran the ball seven times or a total of 12 yards. They gave third string QB Tyler Thigpen the ball and said throw it around. Thigpen was 17 of 29 for 187 and one interception. Thigpen was also sacked six times, three of those sacks came in garbage time.
Considering the Bears had the ball for 37 minutes of the game and ran 68 plays in that time that didn’t allow the Dolphins to run many plays. The Dolphins actually ran only 48 plays in the entire game.
The Bears defense and running game took this game over. They took advantage of the Dolphins confusing game-plan and played Bears football. Great defense and solid running led the Bears to so many victories over the years and the Bears are back at it once again.
Matt Forte had 97 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown with two minutes left in the quarter to put the Bears up 16-0.
Three field goals by Robbie Gould came before the Forte touchdown.
The Bears were great on defense and pounded the ball on offense. Those are the keys to Bears football and they are back to playing it again. Down the stretch the Bears will need this type of play. Three home games against the Eagles, Patriots and Jets will be tough. Three road games against NFC North opponents, Detroit, Minnesota and Green Bay will be tough as well.
The remaining six games will show how good the Bears really are. If they can continue to play great defense and convert third downs on offense they will be able to compete all of those games. Last night’s game against Miami shows that they are a good team, but we just don’t know how good they really are just yet.
Playing against Philadelphia next week won’t be easy.