It’s only appropriate that the Miami Dolphins were shut out on Thursday. It’s the first time Miami was shut out at home in exactly nine years. On Nov. 18, 2001, the New York Jets blanked the Dolphins in Miami, 24-0.
The only other shutout this season also involved an NFC North team winning on the road against an AFC East opponent. In Week 8, the Packers won at the Jets, 9-0.
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And it was nearly four years ago to the day that the Bears shut out a team on the road. On Nov. 19, 2006, the Bears blanked the Jets 10-0 in the Meadowlands.
The Bears improve to 4-1 on the road, which currently is the best road record in the NFC. (Four other NFC teams are 3-1 on the road heading into Sunday’s schedule.) Chicago’s final three road games are against NFC North opponents, and the Bears already have home wins over the Lions, Packers and Vikings. Since 2002, Chicago has finished just one season with a winning road record – 7-1 in 2006.
The Miami Dolphins, who were 1-11 on 3rd downs, now are 1-4 at home and 4-1 on the road.
From the Elias Sports Bureau: The Bears held the Dolphins to 39 rushing yards. that's the fourth game this season they've held an opponent to less than 50 yards rushing, the most in the NFL. That’s as many such games as the Bears' defense recorded over the past three seasons combined.
Tyler Thigpen had a team-high six rushes Thursday against the Bears. From the Elias Sports Bureau: He's the first QB to lead the Dolphins in carries in a game since David Woodley in 1981. Woodley (and RB Tony Franklin) had 15 rushes Dec. 19, 1981 against the Bills.
More From the Elias Sports Bureau: the seven rush attempts by the Dolphins running backs and fullbacks (three each by Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown and one by Patrick Cobbs) on Thursday tied the fewest in a game in franchise history by running backs/fullbacks.