Dolphins Watch

November 19, 2010 1:13 PM

Dismal Dolphins shut out by Bears

THIGPEN1.bmpYou knew it would be a struggle going in, partly because the Dolphins had so many injuries, particularly at quarterback, and partly because the Bears have one of the top defenses in the NFL.

And Tyler Thigpen showed why he is a third-string signal-caller Thursday night, as he couldn't generate any offense against the swarming Bears, and Miami went down without a fight, 16-0.

It was bad enough that Chicago held Miami to just 39 yards rushing, possessed the ball for almost 38 minutes, and sacked Thigpen six times and intercepted him once.

But then, like the snowball effect, a new slew of injuries cropped up for the beleaguered Dolphins.

Center Cory Proctor, in the game because of an injury to starter Joe Berger, tore knee ligaments and will be out for the season. Brandon Marshall, the No. 1 receiver the Dolphins acquired in the offseason, pulled a hamstring, and reportedly will be out for two weeks.

Despite a Dolphins defense that intercepted Jay Cutler once and held him to 156 yards passing, Chicago still cruised to victory behind three Robbie Gould field goals and a 2-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte.

Forte was the only offensive player who seemed to produce Thursday, as he gained 97 tough yards on 25 carries, and helped the Bears bleed the clock.

Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake submitted another stellar performance: Seven tackles, one sack, and two holding penalties drawn.

But, on this night, it was far from enough.

At 5-5, the injury-prone Dolphins are in danger of seeing their season spinning down the drain. Fortunately, they have 10 days to heal and work on the game plan before their next opponent.

The bad news: That opponent is the resurgent Raiders, current leaders of the AFC West, and the Dolphins must go to the Black Hole, a place where they historically have struggled.

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