Bears win over Dolphins allows seeing just what you want to see


Bears win over Dolphins allows seeing just what you want to see

It was perhaps the perfect preseason game. The Bears’ 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins in preseason game had something for everyone. And you could ignore the somethings that didn’t fit your thinking.

“There’s good and bad, like any other preseason game,” quarterback Jay Cutler said in perhaps a bit of understatement.

If you see the Bears again as a five-win team in 2015, you were handed a three-and-out first offensive possession, a No. 1 offense with more penalties (four) than points (three) and a defense that allowed a 14-play drive on the first Miami Dolphins possession, with execution mistakes by its marquee free agent acquisition and starting free safety, the latter resulting in a touchdown and flashbacks to Chris Conte.

“You just have to trust the defense,” linebacker Jared Allen said. “It’s good to have stuff on tape so that you can communicate with the guys. So as soon as everyone’s on the same page, it clicks and you’ll see much better performances.”

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If you believe the Bears are better than conventional wisdom thinks they’ll be, you have the defense holding the Dolphins to three points over the final 52 minutes and coming up with four takeaways, the offense ringing up 27 points, 357 yards and zero turnovers while playing without tailback Matt Forte and No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery (calf injury), and running for 166 yards using backup running backs.

“We looked very sloppy, particularly early,” coach John Fox said. “What I liked is the guys hung in there; they didn’t blink. They kept fighting.”

If the Bears had played abysmally and lost to Miami, as they did last regular season, prompting Brandon Marshall to begin bellowing “Unacceptable! Unacceptable! Unacceptable!” afterwards, that might have been indeed unacceptable, preseason or not.

If there was a true negative it would be that for the time being at least the Bears are without their projected top two wide receivers, with Jeffery described as day to day and rookie Kevin White still not back from a shin injury.

If there is a true positive it would be that Jay Cutler remains turnover-free and has not lost the ball via interception or fumble in any team session, practice or game, since the start of training camp. Jimmy Clausen played most of the game Thursday and like Cutler did not have the ball wind up in Dolphin hands.

“I think what’s normal in this league — turnover ratio, ball security — is critical in this game,” Fox said. “I think that’s what swung it for us.”

Neat Tweets: The Bears were one yard away from a pretty neat finish

Neat Tweets: The Bears were one yard away from a pretty neat finish

The Bears and Patriots played a wild game yesterday, with the outcome literally coming down to the final seconds/yards. 

The Bears didn't get their intended result, and BearsTwitter let 'em know about it after the game. 

Here were the most neat tweets from Sunday's loss:










Shoutout to broadcasts in other languages, they're legitimately always 100X more entertaining. 

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots


NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.