Two teams heading in different directions take the field at Hard Rock Stadium when the rolling Chicago Bears take on the reeling Dolphins.
Miami is happy to be back in their friendly confines after being treated rudely in New England and Cincinnati the past two weeks. The Bengals blew past the Dolphins with 27 unanswered points just a week after the Patriots made sushi of the fish, 38-7.
Their 3-0 start is a distant memory, but it keeps them in position to stay in contention in the AFC East with a quick turn of fortunes.
Chicago might not be the team they want to face in that situation, however. The Bears come in with a top-ranked defense and an offense that put on a show in their last game, a 48-10 annihilation of the Buccaneers.
If that’s not enough, the Bears come in well-rested after a bye week. It’s a formidable task for the Miami team, but Adam Gase has rallied his troops in the face of adversity before.
Injuries and roster moves
Cornerbacks Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara are both listed as questionable for Chicago. No further details were given by the Bears.
Miami lists eight players as questionable, including wide receivers Jakeem Grant and Devonte Parker, as well as tight end AJ Derby. Parker is reportedly being offered up as trade bait.
The injury that has the Dolphins most concerned is Larry Tunsil’s concussion. It is possible, but yet uncertain if the left tackle will clear the process in time to play Sunday.
Miami’s offense ground to a halt after Tunsil incurred the concussion against Cincinnati.
Adam Gase insisted injuries, especially the one that knocked Ryan Tannehill out for the season, were the sole reason his Dolphins didn’t return to the playoffs after their surprise entry in his first season.
Miami’s 3-0 start with Tannehill back behind center had many wondering if he was right. It’s too early to decide for sure, but the past two weeks have more people doubting Gase’s assessment. He needs a quick rebound to prevent tabloid chatter about his future in Miami.
Chicago fans hoped rookie head coach Matt Nagy would install an offense similar to the innovative powerhouse he helped create in Kansas City. It took a few weeks longer than expected, but six touchdown passes from the previously conservative Mitchell Trubisky in Week 4 has them salivating for more.
It’s a good time to be a Bears fan and coach Matt Nagy.
How to watch the Dolphins-Bears game
Fox Sports will broadcast this game to Southern Florida and many markets around Lake Michigan. For many fans, that means firing up their favorite Internet-connected device to watch live stream Dolphins-Bears action on Fubo TV.
Fubo TV carries the Fox Sports broadcasts across much of the United States. Internet TV providers like Fubo, Sling, and DirecTV Now offer all the NFL-related networks you need to watch live stream NFL action all season long.
Why not start with a free game during any one of these providers’ trial offers?
Who will win the Dolphins-Bears game?
Oddsmakers give considerable respect to the Dolphins home field and more experienced coaches and quarterbacks. They’ve installed the Bears as only a 3-point favorite in Sunday’s contest.
After a bye week, we can’t predict what kind of offense the Bears will come out with. But it’s the Bears’ defense that will keep the Dolphins from putting up enough points to make it matter. If Tunsil doesn’t play, things could get ugly for Ryan Tannehill and Dolphins rushers.
With Tunsil, it will only be bad.
Final score: Bears 20, Dolphins 10