Dolphins runs out of gas trying to stop Justin Fields in a loss to the Bears 20-13
Miami- Dolphins suffer a second half melt down in a loss to the Chicago Bears.
In their first preseason match-up against the Bears, fans got to see Tua Tagovailoa suit up and start the first quarter. Despite having a few passes dropped by his receivers early on, Tagovailoa dropped a 50-yard floater to Mike Gesicki to put the Dolphins in the redzone for a potential score. Miami struggled to punch the ball in the endzone and had to settle for a field goal with eight minutes left in the first, 3-0.
At the start of the second and Miami threatening to tack on another score, Tagovailoa threw an interception in double coverage to Deandre Houston-Carson to halt the drive. Prior to the pick, Tagovailoa was very crisp with his passes and looked like he was gaining confidence. His day was done after that pick and finished 8 out of 11 for 99 yards and 1 pick.
After a great punt return by Jakeem Grant, which set up the Dolphins in very great field position
midway in the quarter, Jacoby Brissett got his turn to get in some reps. Despite the good field position, the Dolphins once again failed to get into the endzone and had to settle for another field goal attempt. The field goal was good and the Dolphins extended their lead, 6-0. Brissett closed out the half with a touchdown pass to Ahmed Salvon to go up 13-3.
Things started to go south for Miami in the second half. Defensively they had no answer with Justin Fields. After making Fields dance around in the first half, the Dolphins were the ones back pedaling. In the first five minutes of the third, the Dolphins' lead disappeared at a snap of one's fingers. Fields called his number and scored his first touchdown in the NFL, cutting the Dolphins lead to a field goal, 13-10. Late into the third quarter, the Dolphins secondary was getting torched and allowed a wide open walk in touchdown to the Bears. For the first time in the game, the Dolphins were down, 17-13.
Offensively, the Dolphins' offense stalled in the fourth and did not have that flow and rhythm like they had in the first half. Miami went onto to lose their first preseason game, 20-13.