The Miami Dolphins had two of their key starters sitting on the sidelines due to them both being injured. The team also lost their running back, Knowshon Moreno, for the rest of the season from a torn ACL in his left knee. Despite these three key losses, the Dolphins managed to pull a win against the Bears in Chicago. The final score was 27-14, and this game also put Jay Cutler and the Bears to 0-4 at home.
In addition to the Miami Dolphins announcing that their running back Knowshon Moreno had torn his ACL last week and would be out for the remainder of the season, the Dolphins also had to travel to Chicago without two of their other key players. Miami’s defense was missing Jimmy Wilson who started the past five games. Wilson is the Dolphins free safety and nickel cornerback but was reported to have injured his hamstring in last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers. The Miami Dolphins went on to losing that game with a score of 27-24. Brandon Gibson, Miami’s wide receiver, sat out last week which put his absence in this week’s game his second straight missed game. Gibson is also out due to a hamstring injury.
While the Miami Dolphins had three of their key starters on the sidelines, this did not seem to affect their Week Eight match up against the Bears in Chicago. The Dolphins defense did not let the Bears score until the third quarter, forced Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler to only throw 21 of 34 and even forced an interception in the first half.
Miami Dolphin’s quarterback, Ryan Tannehill completed 25 of 32 pass attempts for 277 yards. Lamar Miller came into the game with having three touchdowns, 63 carries, 330 rushing yards and knowing that he would have more play time to replace injured Moreno. Miller led the Dolphins with 18 carries, 61 yards and one touchdown against the Bears. Charles Clay also added on to the Miami Dolphins’ win with four receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown. Clay caught a 13 yard pass in the first quarter, which followed an extra point by Dolphins’ kicker Caleb Sturgis. Wide receiver Mike Wallace also caught a 10 yard pass from Tannehill to score his touchdown in the second quarter. Sturgis successfully kicked an extra point to end the first half with the Miami Dolphins leading 14-0.
With Jay Cutler not having any success in the first half and throwing an interception, he was able to find open Matt Forte in the end zone in the third quarter. With 7:59 on the clock, Forte received a 10-yard pass from Cutler as he stepped in over the goal line to score a touchdown. This was followed by an extra point by Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould. With 30 seconds left in the third quarter, the Miami Dolphins answered to the Bears’ touchdown with a two yard run by Lamar Miller and an extra point by Sturgis. Bears’ Forte was able to score another touchdown run in the fourth quarter. However, this would be the last time the Dolphins defense would let the Bears score. The Dolphins successfully added six more points by kicking two field goals to end the game with a score of 27-14. The Miami Dolphins are now 3-3 and will play the Jacksonville Jaguars next week in Jacksonville.
Commentary By Tricia Manalansan