Bears drop chance at undefeated season

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-116303027216752.jpg’, ‘Image provided’, ‘The Chicago Bears fell for the first time this season as they were easily handled by the Miami Dolphins, 31-13, Sunday, Nov. 5.’);

The Dolphins looked like they were at Sea World instead of Soldier Field Sunday, Nov. 5. In fact, they seemed more at home than the Bears.

Miami’s defense performed all the tricks, as they forced six Chicago turnovers on their way to a 31-13 upset of the previously undefeated Bears.

Bears quarterback Rex Grossman threw three interceptions and fumbled once. In addition to Grossman’s trouble, the rest of the offense and the special teams combined for two other fumbles.

Miami defensive lineman Jason Taylor made Grossman and the Bears pay when he returned his nice pick 20 yards for a touchdown. Miami was able to score 28 of their 31 points as a result of the Bears’ miscues.

In addition to their great play on defense, the Dolphins also got outstanding production out of second-year running back Ronnie Brown. The youngster looked more like his first name should have been Jim, as in the legendary Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Ronnie Brown racked up 157 yards rushing against the No. 1 defense in the NFL.

Once again, the Bears’ run at an undefeated season came at the hands of the only franchise to ever accomplish the feat. The Bears were 12-0 in 1985 when the Dolphins ruined their chance at history. The silver lining in that cloud was the Bears went on to a 15-1 record and their Super Bowl XX championship.

If Grossman and the Bears continue to turn the ball over as they did last weekend, there’s no way they’ll go 15-1 this year. Let’s just hope this was an anomaly, and things get turned around as the team heads into its toughest part of the 2006 schedule.

This weekend, the Bears travel to the Meadowlands to take on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in a Sunday night prime time game.

The following two weeks, they are on the road again. They return to New York Nov. 19, this time for the Jets. They wrap up the three-game East Coast swing with a tough game against the New England Patriots Nov. 26.

I think most Bears fans would agree that we’d be happy if they could win two of those three and return to Soldier Field in December with a 9-2 record. Here’s hoping!

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Nov. 8-14, 2006, issue

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