Bears-Dolphins Thursday Night Football Preview

The Dolphins go into this game against the Chicago Bears needing a win to stay in the playoff picture. The Dolphins are 5-4 and simply cannot afford to go back down to .500 again. But getting the win against the Bears will not be easy. The Dolphins will be missing some key players and are banged up so as it is. Miami will be without starters Joe Berger, Chris Clemons, and Chad Henne/Chad Pennington. To fill in for them will be Cory Proctor, Reshad Jones, and Tyler Thigpen.

To win with such a depleted and banged up starting lineup, the Dolphins will need to execute that much better to garner their sixth win of the season.

3. Get Pressure On Cutler:

The Bears have allowed 33 sacks on the season this year in only 9 games. The Dolphins have gotten 23 sacks so far this season led by linebacker Cameron Wake. Plain and simple, if the Dolphins can disrupt Jay Cutler and force him into mistakes, this game is ours. Cutler is not a quarterback that performs well under repeated quarterback pressure, and forcing him out of the pocket, and disrupting the play is a must tonight.

2. Get The Ball To Marshall:

With a new quarterback comes a new offensive gameplan. While the Dolphins had to deal with a conservative touch with pocket passers in Chad Pennington and Chad Henne, they now possess a scrambling quarterback who likes to take risks in Tyler Thigpen. We saw a little bit of last week in limited time what Thigpen can do when he has a chance, and I expect some more of the big plays that he produced last week. One of the big factors in tonights game will be letting wide receiver Brandon Marshall do his thing on the big stage tonight. Marshall has had a bad last couple of games and he is more than due for a big one. With a new quarterback in Thigpen at the helm, I’m sure we will be seeing more deep balls to Marshall, and more balls thrown to Marshall period. This will be Thigpen’s guy tonight, count on it.

1. REDZONE SCORING:

All season long the Dolphins have been unable to score in the redzone. We saw the same thing last week with Henne in his time in the game. The offense somehow managed to work their way down the field, only to stall in the red-zone. But again, with a new quarterback comes a new offensive gameplan and now that we have a mobile quarterback, it adds a whole new element to our red-zone offense. As I mentioned above, I fully expect Brandon Marshall to have a big game, and this includes the red-zone offense as well. Look for him to be a big part of us winning the game tonight, as him and Thigpen should be hooking up not only in the middle of the field, but in the endzone as well.

The Bears possess the 2nd ranked run defense, so once again I do not expect this to be the week that we crank up the R&R Express, but a touchdown out of them would be nice.

Final Prediction:

I think that, like always, the Dolphins will pull this one out, 24-17. I think getting pressure on Cutler will be a given tonight, and not only that, but the production of Thigpen and Marshall tonight will allow us to score more than enough points to win the game. The Dolphins and Bears have a history in primetime games, and while this one may turn into one of the all-time great games, it will not have the same implications as the previous games. Nevertheless, the Dolphins are looking to capture their second home win this season, and they see this short week as the perfect opportunity for it, as do I.


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