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NFL Expert Pick – Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins

Posted by Brett Nielson on 11/18/2010 11:32:04 AM

The Chicago Bears visit South Beach to face off against the Miami Dolphins for this NorthBet Thursday Night NFL Expert Pick.

(6-3) Chicago Bears at (5-4) Miami Dolphins
Live from Sun Life Stadium – FL
Kickoff: 8:20 PM EST Thursday, November 18, 2010
Broadcast: NFL

NorthBet NFL Expert Pick
Chicago Bears +1.5
Miami Dolphins -1.5
Total 40.5

The Miami Dolphins could be in big trouble this NorthBet Thursday if their quarterback Chad Henne decides he is physically unable to perform.

The Dolphins lost two quarterbacks in their matchup with the Tennessee Titans last week.

Miami head coach Tony Sparano decided to start 34-year-old quarterback Chad Pennington, who had just been cleared to play, after recovering from a right shoulder injury.

However just a few minutes into the game, on the Dolphins’ first drive, Pennington was hit and brought down hard by Titans’ Left Defensive End Jason Babin.

Chad ended up reinjuring his right shoulder in what is now figuring to be a “career-ending injury”.  On his second attempt to play this NorthBet NFL expert pick season, Chad Pennington threw just one completion for 19 yards.

After Pennington’s exit, Chad Henne came into the game looking to reclaim a team that was his just two NorthBet weeks ago.

Under center, Henne completed 19 of his 28 attempts (67.9%) for 240 yards. He also added an interception and a touchdown to Patrick Cobbs.

Though, very unfortunately for Miami, Henne was brutally hit on the Dolphins final drive of the third quarter by Tennessee Right Defensive Tackle Tony Brown. Henne injured his knee and left this NorthBet NFL expert pick matchup, leaving third-string QB Tyler Thigpen as Miami’s only option.

For a quarterback who hasn’t taken a snap in 5 weeks, Thigpen actually performed quite well.  He completed 4 of 6 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown to tight end Anthony Fasano.
ESPN reports, “it seems unlikely that Henne will be able to play Thursday”, giving Miami fans little to be excited about. If he won’t be able to perform, expect this NorthBet matchup to be one that the Dolphins would like to forget for a long time.

Brett’s NFL Expert Pick: Chicago Bears: 20, Miami Dolphins: 13

NorthBet Numbers: 26-year-old Tyler Thigpen has never started a game in his two years with the Miami Dolphins. He has only won 2 of 19 games in his career.

Author Bio:
Brett Nielson has over a decade of experience in professional football and basketball reporting. You can catch his intellectual insights in his weekend column as he enjoys discussing the high profile sports matchups with NorthBet clientèle.

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