Preseason opener
Coach Nick Saban
Coach Nick Saban

Posted Aug 8, 2005


After two weeks of training camp, Coach Nick Saban gets to see his team in action Monday night when the Dolphins take on the Chicago Bears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Here's a quick glance at the game.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (4-12 in 2004 season) vs. Chicago Bears (5-11)

WHEN: Monday, 8 p.m. ET

WHERE: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio

TV: ABC (national)

ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, play-by-play; John Madden, analysis; Michele Tafoya, sidelines

NFL RANKINGS (2004): Dolphins — 29th in total offense, 31st in rushing offense, 21st in passing offense, 8th in total defense, 31st in rushing defense, 2nd in passing defense; Bears — 32nd in total offense, tied-25th in rushing offense, 32nd in passing offense, 21st in total defense, 25th in rushing defense, 15th in passing defense.

COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Bears, Lovie Smith (2nd season)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: Bears lead 7-4-1

LAST PRESEASON MEETING: 2002 at Miami; Dolphins 24, Bears 22

DOLPHINS INJURIES: DT Larry Chester (knee), LB Eddie Moore (knee) and CB Shirdonya Mitchell (knee) are out; LB Junior Seau (calf) is not expected to play.

GAME NOTES: This game will mark the first time since the Dolphins have faced the Bears since the August 2004 trade that sent DE Adewale Ogunleye to the Bears and WR Marty Booker to the Dolphins ... This will be the Dolphins' third appeareance in the Hall of Fame Game. Miami lost to Philadelphia in 1978 and lost to St. Louis in 2001.


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