Matt Nagy scored 23 or more points in the game. All of the 28 were heaped on the Dolphins by the offense, which churned for 467 yards one after amassing 483 and 48 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But the Bears did not loose in fact, and not all of the reasons can be laid at the feet of the defense. Not nearly all of them.
Dolphins, the Bears offense failed. Nagy and coordinator Mark Helfrich was indeed hitting a potent stride.
It may be.
Against the Dolphins, 149 of the yards came on possessions ending in turnovers, including an interception by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and fumble by Jordan Howard both occurring in the
The open hurt itself with a handful of pre-snap penalties, and the overarching sense is that the belief in Nagy and the overall offense is growing. 1
For Trubisky, the linchpin of
His production (316 yards) gave him consecutive 300-yard games for the first time in his 17-game career. His passer rating (122.5) was the seond-highest of his career, behind only the stratospheric 154.6 of the Tampa Bay game. His three TD passes are second only to his six against the Buccaneers. Trubisky's yardage outputs this season are pointing in a decidedly upward arc: 171 at Green Bay, followed by 200-220-354-316.
But decision-making proved costly at tipping points against the dolphins. Ben Braunecker, Who was double-covered in the Miami end zone. From the Miami 13 with a 21-13 , The ball was intercepted by safety T.J. McDonald, and the Dolphins went from touch to touch and subsequent game-tying two-point conversion.
"I just thought the safety went with the 'over' route," Trubisky said. "He made a good play. I lost him when i was stepping up [in the pocket]and i forced one in the red zone when i should not have …. Miller on the third play from scrimmage, resulting in a three-and-out and a start for what would have been Scoreless Bears first helped this season. A failed fourth-and-2 conversion gave Miami the football at its 41 later in the quarter.
Trubisky badly overthrew at open Miller in the second quarter, creating a third-and-long on which the Dolphins broke down his protection for a second sack in the span of just 11 plays. Taylor Howard.
Fatigue factor overlooked?
Running back Tarik Cohen shot 121 yards for the second straight game and the second time in his career. For the second straight week Cohen led or co-led the Bears with seven pass receptions.
But the last of the seven came with a disastrous finish. Cohen was hit by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso after taking a swing and picking up 11 yards, fumbled and had the ball recovered by cornerback Xavien Howard at the Chicago 45th The defense did not manage to stop, but the result was devastating.
"Personally for me, it's [frustrating] because I know I took my team out of position to win the game's late in the ball game," Cohen said. "So personally, that's frustrating for me …. I feel like I had an opportunity to get down in scoring position. I forgot about the fundamentals. "
That Cohen mentioned" fatigue "is perhaps noteworthy. A question was raised on the subject of the diminutive Cohen, who had five carries and what targeted nine times – not including one punt Not Thrown To The South Florida Heat.
"It's hot," said defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. Weapons rising
Last offseason and millions in contracts were spent upgrading offensive weaponry. The investments produced in Miami.
Anthony Miller (drafted) touchdown passes and Allen Robinson (free agent) plus tight end Trey Burton (free agent). Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (free agent) caught the five passes thrown to him for a team-high 110 yards, his second straight 100-yard NFL seasons.
Five different players posted plays of 20 yards 54 and 47 yards by Gabriel and a run of 21 yards and 59 yards by Cohen.
Uncharacteristically for the normally fast-starting Bears offense, the group followed the scoreless first half with 21 points
"We came out with more energy and had the attitude that we were going down and score the ball," Trubisky said, "and we played a lot better the second half. "