Was the Dolphins-Bears game officiating one-sided?

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Since I am neither a player nor a season ticket holder, I am calling out the NFL Officiating team.

What appears to be a one-sided officiating crew down in Miami must be stated, reviewed and reprimanded for the preposterous penalties against the Bears and all the missed penalties against the Dolphins.

Let’s review a few, in case you have no idea what you “may” have missed.

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Dolphins swim away with a thrilling win over the Bears

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Dolphins 31 – Bears 28 (OT)

Let me just start out by saying this:  We all knew it wasn’t gonna be easy, but how many knew it would have ended like that??

I could spend 5 pages on stats and tell you all what most of you guys have already read, but I want to focus this article on us, the fans.  Man, the emotions we all go through with these types of games!

First off, lets start at the beginning.  Be honest y’all, did you really think back up quarterback Brock Osweiler was the answer?  I sure didn’t, and I was legit worried.  Then I started to calm down and thought about it some.   

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The incredible takeaways from a gut-wrenching Bears loss

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

It wasn’t supposed to end this way. The Chicago Bears had rallied back in the second half only to end in a gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins 31-28. Again, it was left to who was the better kicker and yesterday that title belonged to the Dolphins’ Jason Sanders.

This loss hurts deep, real deep. The kind of deep that one loses sleep over because it was right there.

How could the Bears lose to backup quarterback Brock Osweiler again? Osweiler. He now holds a 3-0 record against the Bears.

I… just… can’t.

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Fins Up, Bear Down: Who Emerges the Victor?

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The 3-1 Chicago Bears are now refreshed coming off an early bye week. It was not ideally the best situation having already built a winning momentum. But the NFL gods deemed it so and now they hit the road with fresh legs against the 3-2 Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins have just come off a terrible beatdown by the Cincinnati Bengals and continue to pile up injuries in the process. Especially with a banged up offensive line, quarterback Ryan Tannehill may be in deep trouble against a fierce Chicago defense.

As a Bears fan, I expect there to be at least 3 sacks and 2 fumbles in this game, not to mention an interception or two. But then again, that could also happen to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky if the protection isn’t there. 

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The Dolphins second straight loss has fans worried

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Bengals 27 – Dolphins 17

As the Miami Dolphins rolled into Cincinnati, hopes were high that they would bounce back after that horrible showing in New England.

The first couple series showed the Dolphins offense poised and ready to take control. Building a 17 point lead by half-time had Dolphins fans rejoicing. Then, as most fans will tell you, came the most frustrating thing about football…a momentum swing.

Going into the third quarter the Dolphins offense seemed to completely fall apart. Protection disappeared. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill made some very questionable decisions while under heavy pressure. Turnovers, penalties, and mostly momentum had clearly swung the Bengals way.

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Miami Dolphins still miffed by Gillette Stadium

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

New England Patriots 38 –  Miami Dolphins 7

Last week I thought about how I would start this article if the Dolphins went up to Gillette and totally stunk up the joint.  Well, the Dolphins didn’t disappoint us there!

I even wonder if the team had even bothered to get off the plane. I could write an article a mile long with stats and what went wrong.  I could make excuses on just how badly this team got outcoached and outplayed.  But seriously, what would be the point?   Simply put, the Dolphins got the brakes beat off of them. In every aspect of the game.  This loss can’t be blamed on a single player or a coach.  It was everyone’s fault.  If you want to see a team that put forth a complete losing effort, just look at the Dolphins in this game.

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Game day superstitions

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

I thought about doing an article like this for several years now, only to chicken out because it seemed so silly. 

Plus I thought I was the only one in America that does this.

But come this Sunday, as most are sitting down with a beer and some Chicken wings, or gathering with friends at a bar to watch our beloved 3-0 Dolphins travel to dreaded Foxboro, I will be waxing my boat. 

Lisa’s Boat. It’ll be shiny come Sunday afternoon

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The Miami Dolphins are 3-0 and atop the AFC East

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Lisa Johnson, Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins have taken over the top spot in the AFC East. Yes, it’s only game 3 but honestly, most of the national media had written this Dolphins team off as one of the worst in the league.

Well, that worst team in the NFL has found themselves alone at the top of their division.

Offensively, during the first quarter, quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled to find any rhythm. “Sometimes it’s not gonna be pretty but we all hung in there together and we found a way to get it done,” Tannehill said. I said this the whole offseason once the Dolphins signed Albert Wilson (my former hometown kid).

This is the guy head coach Adam Gase was searching for. Wilson brings a whole new skill set. He is fast and very versatile. He is a Gase guy. Coach said that Wilson, along with another explosive player, Jakeen Grant,  have a whole set of plays designed just for these two players’ skill sets.

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Miami Dolphins honor Tony Lima with NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

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Lisa Johnson Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins have selected the Executive Director of SAVE (Safeguarding America’s Values for Everyone), Tony Lima, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. This was announced at a Business Equality Network luncheon sponsored by SAVE and the Miami Dolphins.

The award, in conjunction with the NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Lima received a trophy and $2,000 donation to SAVE during the Pregame at the Miami Dolphins home game against the Oakland Raiders on September 23, 2018, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Born and raised in Miami, Lima is a first generation Cuban-American.

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Miami Dolphins host Football Unites tailgate

Lisa Johnson Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Today I was honored to attend the Miami Dolphins 3rd annual Football Unites Tailgate with spokesperson Jason Jenkins.  Jenkins is the Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs. 

Taken from the Miami Dolphins Website:

For the third consecutive year, Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and Dolphins players will host Football Unites: Tailgates to strengthen relationships between community leaders, youth and law enforcement. Each tailgate will take place before Dolphins’ regular season home games, beginning this Sunday vs. the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium. 

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