Defense was the option in the first half between the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears, with the visiting Dolphins leading 21-17 at halftime. The Bears allowed the Dolphins to score a touchdown on each of their first two possessions in a week that allowed the Dallas Cowboys to find the end zone on their first four drives.
Miami quarterback Dua Tagovailoa completed each of his first nine passes and was 11-of-13 for 162 yards while throwing a three-yard score to NFL receiving yards leader Tyreek Hill. Hill also set up the Dolphins’ first touchdown by drawing a defensive pass interference call in the end zone. Running back Raheem Mostert scored on a slide up the middle on the next play.
Justin Fields presented little trouble for opposing defenses, totaling 94 passing yards, two passing touchdowns (each over 15 yards) and a game-high 53 rushing yards. The Bears were good at designing plays to move the field outside of the pocket to set up comfortable plays for the sophomore passer.
The difference came in the first half, when the Dolphins’ defense forced the opposing offense to punt first. Instead of slicing the Bears’ punt into the breezy Chicago air, Miami linebacker Jaylen Phillips blew through the line to block it. It was the Dolphins’ first blocked punt since Week 12 last season against the Carolina Panthers. Dolphins also had a special group of their own. Kicker Jason Sanders missed a 29-yard field goal to end the half when the wind seemed to catch the kick and push it to the left.
This Week 9 matchup between Tua Tagoailoa and Justin Fields looks like it’s going to be a fireworks show, so stay tuned to the live blog below for all the real-time updates and analysis from the second half!
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