But whereas the Dolphins defense watched Atlanta respond with a touchdown drive last year, this time it was a three-and-out for the Bears on their opening offensive possession.
The strong start clearly was the highlight in a game the Dolphins ended up losing 27-10 after being outscored 24-0 in the second half.
Tannehill completed 6 of 7 passes against Chicago, capping the opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to
“Really good opening possession,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said at halftime. “Guys stepped up and made plays and we overcame a little bit of adversity within the drive.”
The only other points scored by the Dolphins came courtesy of a 31-yard field goal by
Bethel-Thompson, however, threw two interceptions in the second half as part of a bad offensive run that saw three turnovers in a four-drive stretch — the other turnover was a
The first Chicago interception, by linebacker John Timu, set up the Bears’ first touchdown, a 1-yard run by Ka’Deem Carey on fourth-and-goal that gave them their first lead of the game. A two-point conversion made it 17-10.
Chicago closed out the scoring with a 54-yard run by Senorise Perry with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter.
The Dolphins struggled with penalties throughout the game, and that included two holding calls on that impressive opening drive. But they were able to overcome those two setbacks thanks to some big plays, most notably a 19-yard pass from Tannehill to veteran newcomer
The Dolphins got a first-and-goal after an 8-yard completion from Tannehill to tight end
“We’ve got two good kickers that we want to evaluate, but we were on the 2-yard line, so we just felt like it was a good opportunity for us to practice our fourth-down offense,” Philbin said in explaining the decision to go for the touchdown.
The defense forced the Bears into a three-and-out on their opening drive after
When the Dolphins returned on offense,
All four quarterbacks on the roster saw action against the Bears, with
• Right guard
• The Dolphins opened on offense with two tight ends,
• Rookie linebacker
• The Dolphins are now 22-27-1 in preseason openers and have lost their last four.
• The Dolphins defense didn’t allow a play longer than 17 yards in the first half.
• Eight Dolphins players were kept out of the game: WR