If you want my take of what we saw Thursday night, go here. Here's a hint: I wasn't thrilled with the Dolphins' effort versus Chicago.
The vital stat of the night during this 16-0 whitewashing of the Dolphins?
Third down conversion, of course.
The Chicago Bears converted 10 of 18 third down plays. The Dolphins converted one of 11 third down plays.
"... We didn’t get out of our own way on offense," coach Tony Sparano said. "…couldn’t help ourselves there and really couldn’t get off the field consistently on defense. Now, we left the defense out there on offense but we didn’t get off the field on defense either."
The Bears held the football 37:51 to Miami's 22:09.
"It's definitely frustrating in a game like this when it was so close," cornerback Sean Smith said. "You definitely have to get off the field, for our defense out there as much as we were, it's never going to be good for us. We take pride in getting off on third down and that's something we could have been a little better at today."
This shutout was the first at home for Miami in nine years. The Bears gained only 268 yards and churned only 19 first downs.
"It's a team game. Defense could have won the game. We lost as a team," cornerback Vontae Davis said. "You gotta keep working, man. In this league, anything can happen. We've got to keep working, keep fighting and come together as a team."
Starting center Cory Procter, playing for the injured starter Joe Berger, was on crutches after the game. His knee was in a sleeve. He said it was the worst pain he's ever felt and he's suffered MCL injuries before.
The offensive line was a turnstile to the QB for Chicago. The Bears had six sacks. Julius Peppers had three sacks. Julius Peppers had only two sacks in the previous nine games.
"They're a good defense and we just couldn't get it going today," Jake Long said. "We have to get in the film room, watch it, correct it, and it will definitely get better."
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 11 yards on six carries. Can someone please explain to me how it is in a game that you start your third-string quarterback, you give the ball to the starting running back (Brown) three times?
Offensive coordinator Dan Henning needs to answer for that.
Another issue the coaches need to answer for: The team had no energy. They were flat. There seemed to be no urgency. How does this happen in a big game at home?
"It's disappointing," safety Yeremiah Bell said. "This is a game we knew we had to have. We came out flat and just didn't get it done. It's disappointing from that aspect. We could have put ourselves in good position, but we didn't."
Brandon Marshall, who didn't play the second half because suffered a hamstring injury in the second quarter, was in street clothes on the sideline. Not good on the injury front. Not good on the production front, either, by the way. He caught three passes. Dropped two passes. Was flagged once for a 15-yard taunting penalty.
Cameron Wake said it best: "... everyone didn't come out and do their job and they kicked out butt."