Bears miss opportunities in overtime loss to the Dolphins

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MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 14: Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears reacts after fumbling in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The Bears defense had a rare poor outing Sunday in Miami and the Bears came up short in overtime losing to the Dolphins 31-28.

Jason Sanders booted a 47 year field goal as time expired in overtime for the winning points. That was ust minutes after Bears’ kicker Cody Parkey had missed a 53 yard field goal attempt.

The second half was a back-and-forth contest of momentum swings and big plays. The Dolphins thought they had the game wrapped up early in overtime when they were at the Bears’ one-yard line but running back Kenyan Drake fumble before reaching the goal line. The Bears recovered and moved the ball downfield for Parkey’s field goal attempt that went wide right.

The Bears defense did not resemble the defense that had played so well the first four games. The Bears allowed 541 yards of offense to the Dolphins. For the first time in 23 games the Bears surrendered 100 yards rushing to an opposing running back. Frank Gore rushed for 104 yards for Miami. Dolphins’ backup quarterback Brock Osweiler passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns. He was filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill.

On the bright side Kyle Fuller had a pair of interceptions. Roquan Smith had 13 tackles and Mitchell Trubisky passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns. Tarik Cohen also had a big game with seven receptions for 121 yards. He also carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and one touchdown.

The Bears’ record dips to 3-2. They’ll host the Patriots this coming Sunday.

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