The Bears found a familiar recipe for success in their 16-0 drubbing of the Dolphins. “The star of this defense,” cornerback Charles Tillman said, “is the defense.”
Julius Peppers broke out of a slump with a tipped pass that led to an interception and three sacks.
Lovie Smith likes where his team sits in the standings: “We wanted to put the pressure on that second-place team behind us,” Smith said.
Matt Forte gained over 100 yards from scrimmage as the Bears offense controlled the clock, even if they didn’t score a ton.
Miami continued their trend of being awful at home and in prime time.
Brandon Marshall’s taunting penalty helped get the Dolphins off to a bad start.
The play of Miami’s offensive line was especially disappointing.
Third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen was erratic to put it nicely. After the game, he blamed the loss on himself.