Bears vs Dolphins Live, Sanday Night Football 2018 Game, The NFC North leading Chicago Bears are heading down to south Florida for a match-up with the first place Miami Dolphins.
This is a huge … It seems unlikely outside linebacker Khalil Mack can keep exceeding expectations, but that possibility exists against Dolphins right tackle Ja’Wuan James, who has been shaky against lesser foes than Mack this season. Mack already has five sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown this season.
James figures to get help with Mack, but that could open things up for other playmakers on the Bears’ defense. The Dolphins already have lost left guard Josh Sitton and center Daniel Kilgore to season-ending injuries, and left tackle Laremy Tunsil is just out of the concussion protocol.
Mack had four tackles and nothing else against the Dolphins with the Raiders last season. But Dolphins coach Adam Gase knows Mack in the hands of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio might be a particularly vexing problem.
‘‘Playing those guys later in the season [Week 9], he was pretty banged up,’’ Gase said. ‘‘You can see that he’s in great shape. Probably him not being in training camp was really good for him, just because he was probably getting after it pretty hard early in his career, and you can see he looks explosive, fast and all of those things that you saw when he was in his first couple of years. He looks like he’s taken it to another level.’’
The Bears (3-1) have won three consecutive games for the first time since the first three weeks of the 2013 season. They are going for their first four-game winning streak since 2012, when they won five in a row as part of a 7-1 start in what would be Lovie Smith’s final season.