The Bears vs. Dolphins game is on the NFL Network this Thursday. What hasn’t been mentioned, though, is that this Bears vs. Dolphins game is a must-win for the Miami Dolphins, who are fading fast in the AFC East standings. Their 5-4 record has them mired in third place within the division, trailing both the New York Jets and New England Patriots at 7-2 apiece. The game is less vital for the Chicago Bears, but if they want to keep their share of first place in the NFC North (at 6-3), then they will have to keep winning football games and hope that the Green Bay Packers fall.
The two key players in this game are going to be the quarterbacks, with the Bears hoping that Cutler can put together a nice game against the Dolphins defense. Miami will be starting Tyler Thigpen at quarterback, their third option behind injured Chad Henne and Chad Pennington, making this a tough week for the Dolphins offense. It will be very interesting to see if Thigpen can handle the pressure of starting against the Bears, a team that boasts one of the best records in the NFC this year. If he can’t, then it could come down to the multi-headed running game the Dolphins play with.
When discussing worthless stats, NFL.com reports that Cutler averages 336 passing yards per game when he plays on a Thursday night. That encompasses three Thursday night starts in his career, but it probably doesn’t mean that much this week against the Dolphins. It means about as much as stating that the Dolphins are undefeated in 2010 during games that Thigpen plays at quarterback (1-0). The better question will be which defense can find a way to stop the opposing quarterback because that could end up making the difference in how this game plays out.
The Bears vs. Dolphins game takes place on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 5:20 p.m. PT. It will be broadcast on NFL Network, so of course not everyone will be able to watch it, but luckily the game will be available through gamecast on several websites. We linked the Bears-Dolphins game page on NFL.com at the bottom of this article if you want to follow along online.
The game is set up to be a really competitive one, and there appears to be an even split between the “experts” when it comes to predicting who is going to win. NFL Thursday night action is back for the second straight week, and that should make any football fan happy.