Bears Blank Battered Dolphins, 16-0

Forte Registered 97 Yards Rushing, 1 TD

“The way the defense is playing, we didn’t have to do much.”

-Matt Forte

The Bears took advantage of an injury-plagued Dolphin offense to record their first shutout since their Super Bowl season of 2006. The Bears 16-0 pounding of the Dolphins was a thing of beauty for folks in Chicago. The Bears…

  • Allowed only 187 total yards, including 39 rushing yards.
  • Recorded 6 sacks, including 3 alone by Julius Peppers, and one each by Urlacher, Melton and Idonije.
  • Held the Dolphins to only 1 of 11 on 3rd down conversions.  Converted 10 of 18 opportunities.
  • Shut out the Dolphins at home for only the 2nd time in 40 years.
  • Time of Possession advantage: 37:51 to 22:09

But the excitement over the victory must be tempered slightly knowing the Dolphins were playing with their 3rd string QB, Tyler Thigpen. Miami’s margin for error grew even smaller when their backup center and #1 wide receiver left the game with injuries in the first half.

But with today’s NFL rules slanted so heavily in favor of the league’s offenses, a shutout of any team is a significant accomplishment.

The defensive performance by Urlacher and Co. told only half the story. The Bears grind-it-out offense held a 38- to 22-minute advantage in time of possession. Matt Forte rushed for 97 yards on 25 carries. And Jay Cutler did his best Kyle Orton impression (circa 2005), going 16 of 25 for 156 yards and one INT.

Robbie Gould kicked 2 first half field goals, then added a 50-yarder in the 3rd period. Later that period, the Bears closed the book on the Dolphins with a 13-play, 7.5-minute, 60-yard drive that ended in a 2-yard Forte TD run.

Before he left the game with an injury, Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall, a former teammate of Jay Cutler in Denver, had some fun with his former QB in the heat of the battle.

After hauling in a first-half catch for a first down on the Chicago sideline, he tossed the ball to a smack-talking Cutler, who just happened to be in the area. The friendly toss resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Marshall.

The 7-3 Bears can now enjoy a few days off. They’ll no doubt sit back and watch the Vikings and Packers battle it out in Minnesota on Sunday to determine whether they’ll have company atop the North Division.

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