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Bears Must Attack Middle of Field Against Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins defense is vulnerable, especially in the middle.

The Chicago Bears’ offense is coming off of their best game of the 2018 season. They put up 48 points on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw for six touchdown passes.

Everything went well.

Coming off of a bye week, the offense will hope to build off their performance against the Bucs. They will be up against a Miami Dolphins defense that has been underrated.

The Dolphins’ defense was actually the team’s best unit in their loss to the Cinncinatti Bengals this past Sunday. After digging a little deeper, it’s easy to see that the Dolphins’ offense has actually hurt the defense.

Under Adam Gase, the Dolphins have the sixth worst time of possession in the NFL. The defense is obviously spending a large amount of time of the field because of it.

The Dolphins’ defense ranks second in takeaways and third opponent passer rating. However, they are losing players to injuries.

Cameron Wake, Bobby McCain, and Andre Branch remain out, and could very well miss Sunday’s game. Still, the unit should not be overlooked by Matt Nagy and his staff.

Personnel

On paper, the Dolphins’ secondary is intriguing. It starts with CB Xavien Howard, who may be the most underrated defensive player in the NFL right now. Howard already has three interceptions on the year. He held WR AJ Green in check on Sunday.

Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick has talent, that’s obvious. However, he has struggled a bit this season. Reshad Jones is playing at a Pro Bowl level, even after being diagnosed with a partially torn labrum.

LB Kiko Alonso is also healthy and making things happen. That’s been the story of his career. When he’s on the field he’s a great player. The problem is he has a hard time staying on the field.

It’s not surprising to see that Howard, Jones, and Alonso played the most snaps on defense this past Sunday. The Bears can expect much of the same this week. The Bears’ game plan Sunday should be to avoid or at least, contain those three players.

Easier said than done.

Matchup the Dolphins can exploit: Baiting Mitch Trubisky 

Look, I get Trubisky threw six TDs in his last start and the arrow is pointing up, but that game is over with. Trubisky needs to show he can do what he did against the Bucs on a more consistent basis. That starts on Sunday with the Dolphins.

While the simplified Nagy offense looks good, the Dolphins could bait Trubisky on Sunday. Expect the Dolphins to show some different looks Sunday. Similar to the looks the Arizona Cardinals were showing the second year QB out of North Carolina.

Exotic blitz packages are also in play. Trubisky is going to need to slow down and read the Dolphins’ defense. If he fails to do that, we could see a game similar to the one in Arizona from the Bears offense.

An easy way to stop this from happening is to utilize the run game and play action.

Matchup the Bears can exploit: Middle of the field

After watching the last two Dolphins’ games on NFL Game Pass, it’s obvious they struggle with covering WRs and TEs over the middle of the field. Crossing routes will be there for Trubisky and the Bears.

Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton could be in for a big, big day. Here is a prime example of what I’m talking about.

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By attacking the inside of the Dolphins, the Bears should be able to get favorable matchups like Tarik Cohen being covered by Alonso or Miller working against Fitzpatrick. It’s the little things that the Bears need to do to perform well against a beat up, yet underrated Miami Dolphins’ defense.

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Nick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and passionate about everything Chicago sports (except the Cubs). He has run his own website, been featured on Bleacher Report, and tried to sell his soul on eBay (which he hasn’t gotten back). He hopes to one day see his beloved Bears win the Super Bowl and is still trying to figure out why Jay Cutler gets so much hate.

5 comments on “Bears Must Attack Middle of Field Against Dolphins

  1. Robert Fagiano-Gleason

    One of the most important things for a young team is not to make the mistake of living off the past. Like Miamis gonna roll over because we schooled TB?? We have vets and I think Nagys gonna be a great coach for a long time with the Bears, so hell have them ready to go.
    As far as Gase “knowing” Fangio… he didnt “know him” when he had Mack on the team. Mack changes EVERYTHING! This game will be about what O shows up? Will it be “the 1st 3 games O” or will it be some semblance of our “Game 4” O? If its “the 1st 3 games O” then runnin this D in the heat and humidity all game long will most likely get to them in the 4th Q.

  2. Robert Fagiano-Gleason

    How in the hell can you not be passionate about the Cubs????🤔🤔🤔

  3. Robert Fagiano-Gleason

    Im from Chi and although I wouldnt say “passionate” about the Cubs they are my fav and I have always liked the Sox too! I could never understand the attitude that you had to pick one or the other? Im a “Chicago” fan.

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