Miami Dolphins Vs Chicago Bears Football Odds & Lock PickJosh Bailey
The Chicago Bears are still looking for their first home win of the season when they host the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
Chicago currently sits with a 3-3 record through six games. The Bears are 3-1 on the road, but 0-2 at Soldier Field.
Sitting at 2-3, the Dolphins convert urgency into action in order to win their matchup with the Bears in week 7. Miami cannot afford to fall behind the resurgent New England Patriots if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 15, 2014
Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 pm ET
Spread: Chicago -3
Dolphins Vs Bears Football Odds & Lock Pick
Chicago (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) snapped its modest two-game losing streak by beating Atlanta 27-13 in Week 6 as a 3-point road underdog, but have not won a game at Soldier Field this season.
Jay Cutler threw for 381 yards in the win and veteran running back Matt Forte added 157 total yards and two rushing scores and a banged-up defense held the Falcons to 287 yards and one TD.
"We’ve seen signs in the first six weeks of the season of the type of team we can be and the way we can play the game," coach Marc Trestman said.
Forte enters this Week 7 contest leading the NFL in receptions (46) while also ranking seventh in rushing (399). The elusive runner has averaged 164.7 total yards over his last three games.
Miami (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS) has lost two straight and comes into this contest off a crushing 27-24 loss to Green Bay in Week 6 while failing to cover the spread as a 1.5-point home dog.
The Dolphins rank eighth in the league against the pass allowing an average of 221.6 yards per game, but they’ll have their hands full trying to stop Jay Cutler and his explosive pair of wide receivers, former Dolphin Brandon Marshall and talented youngster Alshon Jeffrey.
"We’ve got to bring our A game," Finnegan said. "There are some difficulties because those guys are special."
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin took responsibility for Miami’s most recent loss after the team inexplicably called a pair of late timeouts that helped Aaron Rodgers and the Packers get the stunning win.
"I have to do a better job, first and foremost," he said. "I’m the head coach,” Philbin said.
Miami will also be without running back Knowshon Moreno for the remainder of the season after the veteran tore his ACL against Green Bay on Sunday.
Backup, Lamar Miller, who leads the Fins in rushing, will take over for Moreno while rookie Damien Williams moves into the backup role.
"We’ve got some good running backs here, and we can get the job done," said Miller.
Miami ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing (136.2 yards per game) and third in yards per carry (4.97) but the Dolphins have struggled mightily with their passing attack under weak-armed quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill ranks near the bottom of the league in completion percentage (60.8) and passer rating (81.5), has thrown three interceptions over his last two starts.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 16, 2014
Maybe it’s me, but I think this Week 7 contest is a virtual lock for the Chicago Bears.
First and foremost, each and every Bears player knows they have yet to win a home game in two tries and I believe they’re going to come out and play that much harder in an effort to bag this one.
Next, if you’ve seen Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, then you should already know the guy looks like he’s better suited to being a career backup than an actual starter. Miami’s struggles in the passing game have made them a one-dimensional team that relies far too heavily on their rushing attack.
Last but not least, the Dolphins are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. While the Bears have compiled a dismal 5-15-1 ATS mark in their last 21 home games, I like the Bears and their improved offense to improve on that dismal mark by getting the outright home win by at least a touchdown.
My Pick: Chicago Bears -3 Points