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Bears begin preparing for Dolphins

Three days after their impressive win over the Atlanta Falcons, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins.

Playing their only contest in Chicago over a six-week span, the Bears (3-3) will look to move above the .500 mark and at least keep pace with co-NFC North leaders Detroit (4-2) and Green Bay (4-2).

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Brandon Marshall will play his former team Sunday when the Bears host the Miami Dolphins.
The Bears trail the all-time series with the Dolphins 7-4 but have won four of seven meetings since 1988 after losing the first four games between the teams from 1971-85.

Last Sunday the Dolphins dropped to 2-3 with a 27-24 loss to the Packers in Miami on Aaron Rodgers' 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with :03 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Bears won the last meeting with the Dolphins 16-0 in Miami on Nov. 18, 2010. It remains Chicago's only shutout since 2006, a span of 124 games. The Bears registered six sacks and allowed only 187 total yards against a Dolphins offense led by third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Kyle Long rushed for 97 yards and the game's only touchdown on a two-yard run.

In two career games against Miami, Cutler has completed 40 of 71 passes for 463 yards with two TDs, four interceptions and a 62.1 passer rating. He'll enter Week 7 ranked second in the NFL with 156 completions, fourth with 1,676 yards, fifth with 13 TDs and 11th with a 97.3 passer rating.

The Bears rank 14th in the NFL in offense (20th rushing and 9th passing) and 16th in defense (10th against the run and 17th versus the pass). The Dolphins rank 16th in offense (6th rushing and tied for 25th passing) and 7th in defense (13th versus the run and 8th versus the run).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach Marc Trestman will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Linebacker Lance Briggs, defensive end Jared Allen, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be available Wednesday, while Cutler, Forte and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will speak Thursday.

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