Bears beat Dolphins 27-10 in first preseason game
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears beat the Miami Dolphins 27-10 Thursday night at Soldier Field in the team’s first preseason game.
In his first game roaming the Chicago sidelines at Soldier Field, John Fox had one hope for his offense.
He said on Tuesday after the Bears’ final practice for their preseason opener against the Dolphins that he wanted the offense to have a 12-or-more play drive and score. That would make it a success considering that would represent the majority of the reps for the first team.
Well a long drive happened on a first drive on Thursday night. But for Fox it was a realization of his worst fears for his team’s first game against an opponent in 2015.
Miami raced down the field on the opening drive and scored on the Bears’ defense and then proceeded to hold the home team’s offense to a 3-and-out in their opening series. A better drive by Jay Cutler and the “O” the second time around helped to salvage the starter’s time in the game as Robbie Gould hit a field goal to make it 7-3.
Both Chicago and Miami’s primary starters left the game early in the second quarter. Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery were not on the field for the Bears when the first team units were on the field.
The new 3-4 Bears defense had a number of shaky moments during the first team’s only full series on the game. Miami ran 14 plays on that opening series and churned up 85 yards in a way that would make Bears fans have flashbacks of the 2014 season.
Ryan Tannehill converted two third downs and Lamar Miller broke a 27-yard run that got the Dolphins deep into Bears territory. Brock Vereen, the starting safety, had a rough series as he missed a tackle and then got beat in the endzone by Jarvis Landry on 4th-and-2. Tannehill hit him with a solid pass for a touchdown as the Miami starter’s days were done.
The offense didn’t bring their best either as Jordan Mills was whistled for a false start on the unit’s opening play. After a one-yard run by Jacquizz Rodgers-who started in place of Forte-Cutler hit Eddie Royal near the sidelines for a six-yard gain. But the quarterback’s next pass was rushed and fell incomplete to seal a three-and-out for the offense.
Cutler remained in the game for the Bears’ next drive which saw some improvement along with some frustration. A huge sack on the quarterback by Cameron Wake was negated by offsetting holding penalties and Cutler took advantage by hitting Martellus Bennett on a 17-yard gain on third down.
Rodgers picked up 15 on a rush on the next play as the Bears haphazardly made their way down the field. Despite two more penalties the managed to get down to the Dolphins’ 30-yard line which was close enough for Gould to hit a 48-yard field goal to make it 7-3.
The 11-play, 61 yard drive ended Cutler’s night as the quarterback finished 4-of-7 for 42 yards.