The Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears are Week 9 opponents heading in different directions. The Dolphins’ offense is getting back on track with the return of Tua Tagovailoa after a couple of not-too-traumatic brain injuries. The Bears, however, got the door slammed in their face in Week 8 after getting beat down 49-29 by the Dallas Cowboys. Will the Dolphins keep winning, or will the Bears’ rushing offense lead them to an underdog win?
Let’s check the latest NFL odds, stats, injury reports, and NFL lines for Dolphins vs Bears. We’ve plenty of Vegas NFL odds and NFL week 9 picks for you to consider.
Tua Is Back and Playing Well
The Dolphins enter Week 9 with one of the most impressive offenses in the NFL. Miami ranks 3rd in yards per play (6.2), 4th in red zone touchdown percentage (69.57), and 7th in yards per game (380.6).
Tagovailoa may not rank high against his peers in yards or touchdowns, but we can chalk that up to the time he missed with a concussion. When he is healthy, things are good in Miami. He led the team to a 31-27 win over the Detroit Lions with 382 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He now has back-to-back 260+ yard games with no picks.
The Dolphins’ defense is the weak link. But it got a lot better this week with the addition of edge rusher Bradley Chubb. The former Denver Bronco has 5.5 sacks in eight games and ranks third in the NFL in pass rush win rate on the edge. Only Micah Parsons and Myles Garrett rank higher.
The Bears were surprising buyers at the trade deadline this week after trading a 2023 second-round pick to the Steelers for WR Chase Claypool. The move is puzzling, as the bears are rebuilding and not expected to compete for anything this season. Claypool isn’t a massive upgrade and ranks 76th out of 102 receivers with 100 routes in yards per catch.
Claypool joins an offense that ranks 1st in rushing yards per game but dead last in the air. Khalil Herbert leads the Bears with 563 yards rushing and an average of 6 yards per carry. Both rank him in the top of qualified rushers. He is one of three Bears with over 350 yards rushing, including David Montgomery (361) and QB Justin Fields (424).
While the Bears‘ rushing attack is one of the best in the game, their offense is very one-dimensional. It leaves them vulnerable to solid rushing defenses like Miami’s. The Dolphins rank 6th in opponent rushing yards per game (100.6) and 11th in yards per rush (4.2).
Dolphins vs Bears Game Injuries
Dolphins vs Bears Head-to-Head
The Dolphins and Bears have played just ten times since 1985 and once since 2018. Miami is 6-4 straight up and against the spread, with a 2-0 win streak dating back to 2014.
Dolphins vs Bears Game Information
- Game: Dolphins vs Bears
- Date: Sunday, Nov. 6th
- Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
- How to watch Dolphins vs Bears? ESPN
Dolphins vs Bears Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Dolphins vs Bears Betting Lines
Dolphins vs Bears Prediction
We try to avoid teams that do one thing really well and not much else. In this case, the Bears are a fantastic rushing team but don’t have any other threats on offense. The Dolphins defend the run better than most teams and just got an upgrade with Chubb on the edge.
Take the Dolphins on the spread to keep climbing the AFC East ladder with Tua and Co.
The Miami Dolphins are listed at -220 in our Vegas NFL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Dolphins, you have a chance to win $47. The Chicago Bears are +180, offering a chance to win $180 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Dolphins a 68.75% chance to win, with the Bears at 35.71%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.