Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears Preview (11/6/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Charts

The Bears head home to Chicago following a two game road trip to take on the Dolphins. Both the Dolphins and Bears headlined the trade deadline with the Bears acquiring WR Chase Claypool while offloading DE Robert Quinn & LB Roquan Smith, and the Dolphins adding both OLB Bradley Chubb and RB Jeff Wilson Jr. Let’s examine how these revamped teams matchup versus the other.

Miami Dolphins Vs. Chicago Bears Betting Odds


The Dolphins are favorites (-4.5) versus the Bears (+4.5). The over/under is set at just 44, even though both teams scored at least 29 points last Sunday. The Soldier Field grass has been known to slow down opponents or even cause injuries, so this could contribute to a low scoring affair.

Miami Dolphins Vs. Chicago Bears Prediction

As the Bears offense finally starts to put things together, averaging 31 points their past two games, the defense has faltered. Last Sunday versus the Cowboys, the Bears defense gave up 49 points, the most points let up by any defense this season. Against a Cowboys defense which was top 5 prior to this week 8 matchup, the Bears maintained a balanced offense. Fields completed 73% of his passes, threw two touchdowns, and contributed 60 yards rushing with a touchdown to the Bears total of 240 rushing yards. RB Tony Pollard had his way versus the Bears run defense, rushing for 131 yards on only 14 carries for 9.4 ypc and three touchdowns. Things only look bleaker for Chicago as the Bears traded two of their best defenders in the past two weeks, DE Robert Quinn & OLB Roquan Smith. The Dolphins should look to their speedy RB Raheem Mostert to take advantage of this mismatch. On offense, the Bears are hopeful their trade for former Steelers WR Claypool will help QB Justin Fields and the pass offense rise from their current rank as worst in the league. Though the run offense has excelled, the Bears won’t become an elite offense unless their passing game steps up.

The Dolphins are coming off a huge 31-27 win versus Detroit. Having Tua back made all the difference as he threw for 382 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. The Dolphins are 5-0 when Tua starts and finishes the game. Even more impressive than Tua may be the performance of the Dolphins receiving duo, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Both Waddle and Hill went for over 100 receiving yards and Hill is currently on pace to break 2,000 receiving yards. The Dolphins also bolstered their run game, trading for 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. to complete their 49ers copycat backfield. Though the defense has struggled at 10th worst in the league, their addition of Chubb will help bolster their pass rush and defense.

I’m picking the Dolphins to beat the Bears. With Tua back, the Dolphins offense is ready to fly high again and the Bears defense is undermanned after trading away Smith and Quinn.

Prediction: Dolphins win 30-23, Over hits.

Betting Trends

  • Dolphins are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
  • Dolphins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
  • Bears are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.

Dolphins vs Bears Key Injuries

Miami Dolphins Injuries: Liam Eichenberg (Q), Byron Jones (O), Austin Jackson (Q), Mackensie Alexander (Q), Brennan Scarlett (Q)

Chicago Bears Injuries: Larry Borom (Q), Mon, Oct 31 (Q), Byron Pringle (Q), Christian Albright (Q), Andre Anthony (Q), David Moore (Q), Tavon Young (Q), Lucas Patrick (O). Cody Whitehair (Q)

Dolphins vs Bears Key Matchups

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Dolphins vs Bears below.

The Bears Run Game vs the Dolphins Defensive Front

The Bears run offense has jumped up to #1 in the league, currently averaging 188.4 yards per game, 20 more yards than the next team. Led by RB David Montgomery, RB Khalil Herbert, and QB Justin Fields, this Bears rushing attack has carried their offense.There’s no greater example of this than the 240 yards the Bears gained on the ground last week, against a vaunted cowboys defense no lessHerbert has been a pleasant surprise this season, rushing for his 2nd highest total of the season with 99 yards against the Cowboys and this rushing TD.
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Tyreek Hill & Jaylen Waddle vs Bears Secondary

Good luck to the Bears secondary who must try and stop the dynamic Hill-Waddle duo. Hill and Waddle are already breaking records and on pace to break many more. Both Waddle and Hill went for over 100 receiving yards last week and Hill is currently on pace to break 2,000 receiving yards.
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The Bears do have the 5th best passing defense, only allowing 188 yards per game. Veteran safety Eddie Jackson is one of the last remaining leaders on this Bears defense after they traded away Smith and Quinn. He is also tied for the league lead with four interceptions. However, the Bears have yet to face a WR duo like Hill and Waddle. The best WR they faced this season was Justin Jefferson who torched them to the tune of 154 receiving yards.

Miami Dolphins Depth Chart

QB: Tua Tagovailoa
RB1: Raheem Mostert
RB2: Chase Edmonds
LWR: Jaylen Waddle
RWR: Tyreek Hill
SWR: Cedrick Wilson Jr.
TE1: Mike Gesicki

Chicago Bears Depth Chart

QB: Justin Fields
RB1: David Montgomery
RB2: Khalil Herbert
WR1: Darnell Mooney
WR2: Byron Pringle
WR3: Equanimeous St. Brown
TE1: Cole Kmettarget=”_blank”>Mike Gesicki

A UCLA graduate, Eva is an experienced football writer who specializes in NFL game analysis and weekly storylines. In her free time you can usually find her cheering on the 49ers or watching the latest Josh Allen highlight clip.

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