MIAMI (AP) — Final week the Miami Dolphins resorted to eight-man move coverage, so determined had been they to sluggish an onslaught towards quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

And now they have got to dam Khalil Mack.

That will likely be a frightening activity when Miami faces the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a matchup of first-place groups headed in reverse instructions.

The Dolphins (Three-2) are looking to patch up an injury-depleted offensive line and rebound from consecutive unsightly losses. The Bears (Three-1) are well-rested after a bye, using a three-game profitable streak and by myself atop the NFC North for the primary time since 2013.

Newcomer Mack has led the Bears into first position via dominating on protection. The 2-time All-Professional finish has 5 sacks and is tied for the NFL lead with 4 compelled fumbles. He has no less than one sack and compelled fumble in each and every recreation. And the Dolphins may must confront him with out left take on Laremy Tunsil, sidelined remaining week via a concussion.

Listed below are issues to grasp concerning the first assembly between the groups since 2014:


No staff this season has been in a position to stay Mack off the quarterback.

“He is simply enjoying at a unique stage than any one that I have noticed,” Miami trainer Adam Gase stated.

Now Mack faces a staff staggered via season-ending accidents to 2 starters within the offensive line, adopted via the lack of Tunsil. He was once badly neglected remaining week, when Tannehill was once hit 11 occasions in the second one part because the Dolphins blew a 17-point lead at Cincinnati. The Bengals’ move rush was once so overwhelming Miami had virtually everybody on offense blockading, or even that did not paintings.

Mack is definitely conscious a harried Tannehill dedicated two turnovers that had been returned for touchdowns.

“You watch the movie,” Mack stated. “You additionally know that he is a excellent athlete and he makes a large number of performs.”

However in each and every of the previous two video games, the Dolphins’ offense has scored just one landing and Tannehill has thrown for not up to 200 yards.

“He is getting hit an excessive amount of,” Gase stated. “I have were given to have the ability to get the ball out of his fingers, get guys open sooner, or determine one thing else out.”


The Bears’ most up-to-date recreation, a 48-10 win over Tampa Bay, was once their maximum lopsided victory in six years. A win over Miami would give Chicago its longest win streak since a six-game run in 2012.

“I simply know our paintings’s no longer completed,” linebacker Danny Trevathan stated. “I have been within the state of affairs. It is excellent whilst you win. You wish to have that feeling, however you need it to stay going. We had been speaking early, one of the crucial older guys, about no longer getting complacent. You already know, it is been a very long time since it is been like this round right here and we wish it to stick this fashion.”


Coming off a breakout recreation, the problem for Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is to turn it was once no fluke.

Trubisky threw for 6 touchdowns — one shy of the NFL file held via Bears Corridor of Famer Sid Luckman and 7 others. It was once this type of efficiency the Bears envisioned once they traded up a place to take hold of him with the No. 2 general select within the 2017 draft.

Trubisky had by no means up to now thrown for greater than two touchdowns.


Misplaced within the Dolphins’ cave in at Cincinnati was once a cast efficiency via the protection, together with younger linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker.

“We are undoubtedly transferring in the correct route,” Baker stated. “It is thrilling to peer all folks making performs and enjoying effectively as a protection. You simply must repeatedly strengthen and the remaining will care for itself.”


When Gase was once the Bears’ offensive coordinator in 2015, amongst those that helped him get ready to develop into a head trainer was once Vic Fangio, who remains to be Chicago’s defensive coordinator.

“The quantity of conversations we had within the 12 months that I used to be there, it helped me develop so much as to how I checked out issues from an offensive point of view,” Gase stated. “I in reality liked the period of time that he would spend if I requested him a query about what he idea. He is tricky to head towards.”


AP Sports activities Author Andrew Seligman contributed to this record.


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