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Pregame Warmup

Bears seek first home win of season

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While they've won three of four road games, the Bears will look for their first home victory of the season Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field.

The Bears are 0-2 in Chicago, having lost to the Buffalo Bills 23-20 in overtime in the season opener and to the Green Bay Packers 38-17 on Sept. 28.

The commonality in the two defeats has been turnovers. The Bears have generated 11 of their 12 takeaways on the road this year, while Jay Cutler has thrown four of his six interceptions at home.

"The theme is we have to take care of the football," said coach Marc Trestman. "When we take care of the football, we'll be in position to have an opportunity to win the game, and in the games that we didn't win, we didn't completely take care of the football.

"We did a lot of very good things in those games, but we certainly didn't do enough to win. It starts there. The energy's been there. We just have to do those types of things. We have to tackle, we have to take care of the football and we've got to finish. We weren't able to do that in the [first] two home games and we certainly have to do a better job."

The only takeaway the Bears have produced in their first two home games was a Chris Conte interception of EJ Manuel in the second quarter of the season opener.

"We haven't won the turnover battle at home and you can't put it on the offense to get in a shootout with teams," said defensive end Jared Allen. "You've got to create turnovers."

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is among those who hope the Bears can change their fortunes at Soldier Field beginning Sunday against the Dolphins.

"We're looking forward to being back at home," Tucker said. "Our fans are tremendous and our guys feed off of our fans and just our city and our field. It's just a tremendous opportunity for us.

"Our fans deserve to see winning football and winning performances and tough, physical football and guys playing smart and playing fast and being physical and doing those things. Our goal each and every day is to work towards giving them that and so that's our focus today and the rest of the week is to prepare to come out and put forth our best effort for each other and for our fans."

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).

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 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).

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