Chicago Bears (6-3, 3-1 away) vs Miami Dolphins (5-4, 1-3 home) @ Sun Life Stadium on Sportsnet, 8:00 PM ET
Line: MIA by 1.5
Reason To Watch: Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has a different idea of playing the quarterback position then guys like Manning or Brady. Cutler seems to believe he always has to make the completion regardless of who catches it, as long as the ball does not hit the ground.
Cutler in his two season in Chicago has throw 39 TDs to 35 INTs. Which is just ridiculous when you think about it, the guy is in the prime of his career at 27 years old and never does a player look like he’s going to be so average thru out the rest of his playing days.
Granted Cutler lacks a big time wide receiver, but rookie Sam Bradford is arguably doing a lot more with the same type of talent and he does not have a tight end like Greg Olsen to throw to.
Whenever Cutler plays you never know what you’re going to get from him. Which is have the fun of watching the Bears.
The Dolphins are arguably the better team in this game despite the worse record. Miami’s been on a real grind in the first 10 weeks playing the Jets, Pats, @Green Bay, Steelers, @ Ravens, then home last week versus the Titans. All of those teams are considered Top 10 teams this year and to be 5-4 after that shows what a tough team the Dolphins are.
Tyler Thigpen will be starting at quarterback for an already struggling ‘Fish offense. Thigpen might of had the element of surprise last week versus the Titans when he led Miami down the field to seal the game with a touchdown to Anthony Fasano. Thigpen was the third string QB last week after Pennington went down on the first play and Henne soon followed suit.
WR Brandon Marshall despite being on pace for 98 catches and 1100 yards only has one touchdown on the season. Henne seems to have no chemistry with Marshall, so we’ll see if Thigpen keeps it simple and throws to his best option. If Miami can get Marshall scoring again, it will go a long way in helping the ‘Phins control their own destiny.
Dolphins 24, Bears 17