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Week 6 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 28, Miami Dolphins 31

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Chicago Bears

The Bears lost a heartbreaker in a game in a game in which they were unable to move the ball in the first half. Matt Nagy made tremendous adjustments in this game as he utilized his speed with Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel to create matchup issues for the Dolphins. Trubisky looked solid running and passing in the second half as he had a lot of time with the offensive line having a tremendous game. Trubisky did have a critical a red zone interception in the end zone. Jordan Howard was efficient in this game, although his snap count once again declined in the 100-degree temperature in Miami. Howard had a critical red zone turnover in the second quarter on the goal line as well.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins played a very interesting brand of football today. It was a largely bend but do not break against the Chicago offense and then a plethora of big plays and big breaks for their own offense. Brock Osweiler got the start for an injured Ryan Tannehill and played a Jekyll and Hyde type of game. He threw more touchdowns than interceptions and had almost 400 yards passing but was not very accurate and relied on a lot of yards after the catch from his receivers. Both teams could not hold on to the ball in key situations and fumbled it away on the 1-yard line. It was especially bad for Miami as they fumbled on the 1-yard line in overtime and almost cost themselves a chance to win. Albert Wilson stepped up in the passing game and Frank Gore turned back the clock on the ground. The win moves Miami to 4-2 on the season and keeps them tied atop the division. They have currently given up 15 more points than they have scored and that is not a recipe for a winning season in the long run. The Dolphins will play host to the Detroit Lions in week 7.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 31 - 316 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 8 - 47 - 0
For most of the season, the story for Trubisky has been that he has excelled at the scripted plays early in the game but struggled as the game progressed. This week was the exact opposite, as the offense was largely stagnant in the first half as they did not score a point, but Trubisky came out and made tremendous adjustments in the second half as he threw for 230 yards in the second half as the offensive line played tremendously giving Trubisky significant amount of time to throw and the speed of the receivers in Cohen and Taylor Gabriel. Trubisky threw two beautiful deep balls which has been something that he has struggled with this season

RB Jordan Howard, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 69 - 0 (1 targets)
Howard's snap counts continue to fall in this offense as he saw just 52% of the plays this week which is a concern for the running back although Matt Nagy came out and said that it was not a sign of things to come. Howard made a critical mistake in the second quarter when he fumbled on the goal line in the second quarter. Outside of the fumble, Howard was productive throughout the game including 7 of his 14 carries that went for 7 yards or longer as he was hitting the hole and getting to the second level with ease.

RB Tarik Cohen, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 31 - 1, Rec: 7 - 90 - 0 (9 targets)
Cohen's speed was too much for the Dolphins to handle in this game as the Bears in the second half worked to create mismatches for Cohen by getting him in space on a 50-yard slant in which linebacker Jerome Baker was lined up on Cohen and had no chance keeping up with the speedy running back. Cohen later scored on a draw play in which the Bears blocked the entire play right while Cohen ran left confusing the defense. This put Cohen in a one-on-one situation between him and safety Reshad Jones in which Cohen simply outran the safety and was untouched in the end zone.

WR Taylor Gabriel, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0, Rec: 5 - 110 - 0 (5 targets)
Taylor Gabriel continues to be the perfect receiver for this offense. Each week seemingly he has continued to grow within this offense and it was exemplified this week with nine targets including a spectacular catch deep on the outside in which the defender was draped all over him and Gabriel was still able to come down with the ball on a deep throw. Gabriel was able to add another long reception for 54 yards in which he simply outran the cornerback and had several yards separation. What was particularly good to see regarding Gabriel was his usage lining up at various different receiving positions to create mismatches with his elite speed.

WR Allen Robinson, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 64 - 1 (6 targets)
Allen Robinson made the most out of a tough matchup this week against Xavien Howard and was largely taken out of the game for a lot of this as the Bears looked elsewhere. Robinson had just six targets in this game which is the second game in a row in which he was not heavily targeted. Robinson did find the endzone for the second game in a row however on a play in which he found a soft spot in zone coverage as the corner went over the top and the linebacker could not get underneath in time for an easy touchdown. Robinson made a tremendous catch early in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard pass thrown on the sideline in which he turned right and spun all the way around to adjust to the ball which was thrown to his left.

TE Trey Burton, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 23 - 1 (4 targets)
Trey Burton may not emerge as a consistent top end receiver in this offense, but he does not need to be as the Bears have so many speed weapons to go to on a weekly basis and Burton presents another matchup problem for defenses that they have to respect. The Bears utilized Burton this week primarily as a blocker and decoy in this game. Burton was once again able to score on a fake option shovel pass that we have seen several times throughout this season and is one of the Bears favorite plays inside the red zone as it causes the defense significant matchup issues with Trubisky, Cohen and Burton and the speed that the Bears are able to put on the field.

Miami Dolphins

QB Brock Osweiler, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 44 - 380 - 3 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0
It was a surprise start for Osweiler and an even more surprising victory for the backup quarterback. With 3 touchdowns and nearly 400 yards passing, Osweiler looked like the solid quarterback that had landed him his big money deal previously. He got a lot of help from Albert Wilson and a few really big plays, but he had an all-around solid day behind center. His first touchdown was a 5-yard toss to Nick O'Leary. The big tight end leaked out into the flat after the play action and Osweiler hit him in stride, so he could outrun his man to the pylon for the touchdown. The second touchdown did not come until the 4th quarter and was a product of Albert Wilson more than anything else. It was a quick hitting play to the sideline that Wilson was able to turn up the field and follow his blockers for 43 yards and the touchdown. Osweiler got the ball out quickly and it gave Wilson the chance to get to the second level in a hurry. His third touchdown was of the 75-yard variety and again came to Wilson before a 2-pt conversion to Kenny Stills tied the game late. Osweiler did have back to back drives (albeit sandwiched by half time and a Bears touchdown) where he threw 2 interceptions. The first came after the Dolphins had recovered a Bears fumble and it was a chuck and pray play right before half. There Bears did not have enough time to do anything with the ball and it was just Osweiler trying to make something happen before heading to the locker room. After half, the Bears opened with a touchdown and Osweiler tried to answer. Unfortunately, he stared down his receiver and had the route jumped by the corner. If it weren't for Mike Gesicki it would have been returned for a touchdown. Osweiler got a lot of help from the ground game this week and Albert Wilson, it will be interesting to see if he gets a shot next week or if Tannehill will regain his starting spot.

QB Ryan Tannehill
An injury to his right throwing shoulder made Tannehill a late inactive this week. He was a limited participant in practice on Friday despite being a full participant with the same injury Wed and Thur. He has not been effective thus far this season despite the team's record and it will be interesting to watch his progression as the season wears on.

RB Kenyan Drake, 49 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 57 - 0, Rec: 4 - 21 - 0 (6 targets)
The workload between Drake and Gore was very close this week, and while the lines look totally different, it was mostly because of a single big run by Gore. The biggest things to note was the fumble by Drake on the 1-yard line in over time. He was trusted with the ball in a key situation after Gore had done all of the work to get them there and he gave it back to the Bears. This is something that cannot happen and may cut into his workload going forward. He did regain most of his passing down work and racked up 6 targets to Gore's 1. He did not do very much with the 4 catches he had, but it shows where the touch distribution is going. Drake's longest rush was 12 yards, and it seems like he did just enough this week to keep the workload close to a 50/50 split. However, if he puts the ball on the ground on the 1-yard line in overtime again, he may not have a job at all after that.

RB Frank Gore, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 101 - 0, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (1 targets)
It seemed like a turn back the clock night for Gore as he racked up over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. He was able to do it with just 15 carries and he has looked like the better back all season long. The Dolphins still gave 13 carries to Drake, but he did not have the same success as Gore. The biggest play of the game was his 32-yard rush in overtime to help setup a potential game winning touchdown. Unfortunately, Gore was not given the chance to run it in and instead Drake fumbled the ball back to Chicago on the 1-yard line. He was targeted only once in the passing game but almost had as many yards as Drake did with his 6 targets. Gore is fighting to make himself relevant and has proven that he still has something left in the tank. The Dolphins are going to have some decisions to make going forward in regard to their starting quarterback and running back. The coaching staff is adamant that Drake is the starter, but Gore is really pushing that decision.

WR Danny Amendola, 75 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 59 - 0 (11 targets)
Amendola has largely been an afterthought in the Miami offense thus far this year. There has been so much competition for targets from a roster with too many receivers that he has not gotten a lot of looks. That finally changed this week with a new quarterback under center. Osweiler targeted Amendola a team high 11 times and the duo connected on 8 of those targets. They did not go for large chunks of yards and the longest play came in at 13 yards, but it did help soften up the coverage and give a chance for guys like Wilson to run by defenders for long plays. 11 targets is the kind of volume you dream of and is almost unheard of when you are not the top receiver on a team. It will be interesting to see if this marks a change in the way the Miami offense plays or if he just benefitted from a different quarterback this week.

WR Albert Wilson, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -5 - 0, Rec: 6 - 155 - 2 (9 targets)
The Dolphins could not find any answers for the Bears until the 4th quarter, and that also happens to be when they finally decided to get Wilson involved. He scored both touchdowns in the 4th to help tie the game when it looked like the Bears were going to run away with it. The first touchdown was a 43-yard sprint after he caught the ball around the line of scrimmage. All Osweiler did was throw it in his direction and Wilson followed a convoy of blockers down the sideline and into the end zone. The second was a 75-yard quick hit again across the middle of the field. Wilson took the quick slant to the house and out ran every defender that came anywhere near him. There was not a lot of finesse or great route running on either of his touchdowns, just pure speed and an ability to follow the initial blocks. Wilson caught 6 of his 9 targets and broke free on 2 of them for long touchdowns. This should easily be his best game of the season and it came at a time where it looked like the Dolphins were going to get blown out by the Bears.

WR Kenny Stills, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 35 - 0 (2 targets)
It was a very quiet game for Stills until the 4th quarter and overtime. Even then, it almost seemed like he was not even on the field. In the 4th quarter it was Stills that caught the 2-pt conversion to tie the game and then it was his 35-yard reception that helped give them a chance at the 1 before the ball was fumbled away by Drake. Osweiler got Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola involved more than anyone else this week and that really cut into Stills number of targets. He continues to trend downward after a big game in week 1.

TE Nick OLeary, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 49 - 1 (4 targets)
All of the talk coming into the season was how much work Gesicki was going to get and no one really mentioned O'Leary. He does not have glaring numbers thus far this season, but he has proven to be a viable tight end. He was rewarded today for all of the blocking that he has done all season with his first touchdown. He was promoted to the 53-man roster last week and is trying to show that he belongs. The Dolphins lined up in a power running set and went play action before finding O'Leary in the flat. Osweiler led him far enough that he outran his linebacker in coverage to the pylon for the first touchdown of the game. It will be interesting to see how much O'Leary pushed Gesicki for playing time, especially in passing situations. O'Leary out snapped Gesicki this week and had much better results than him in any other game this season.