Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dolphins-Bears Game Prediction

Normally I just don't post my pick for the Thursday night game, and just have you all trust me when I say I got it right or wrong when I post my Sunday picks.

Of course, the Miami Dolphins are playing on the NFL Network this Thursday night, so I decided I would indeed post my prediction.

The Bears come in with a better record at 6-3 and most recently earned a big division win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10.

That being said, I'm not a huge fan of this team overall and I don't believe them to be as good as their record.

They have a good defense and good special teams, but their offensive line is horrendous. When Jay Cutler doesn't get protection, he's prone to making mistakes, and the game can unravel in a hurry.

The Dolphins' secondary is coming off a very good game, while Cameron Wake is hungry for another big game after a quiet performance against Tennessee. I think a dominant pass rush by Miami could make things much harder on the Bears' passing game.

Yeah, the Dolphins have the worse record and are down to their third-string quarterback in Tyler Thigpen, but I simply like their overall talent better and give them a slight advantage at home.

Let's not forget—Miami's four losses have come to the clear-cut four best teams in the AFC, while Chicago has dropped games to the likes of Seattle and Washington.

If Miami can mount a strong pass rush on defense and prevent any big plays on special teams, they are the better team in this match-up and should come away with the win.

Miami Dolphins: 27
Chicago Bears: 17


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