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BEARS SIDER: Bears' Cutler, Marshall at their best when together

2012-11-25T18:00:00Z 2012-11-26T23:18:08Z BEARS SIDER: Bears' Cutler, Marshall at their best when togetherAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
November 25, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | See Jay Cutler run, duck, dodge, leap tall defenders, then throw laser beams downfield.

See Brandon Marshall run, duck, dodge, tip-toe down sidelines and catch laser beams in rush hour traffic.

That was the story Sunday in the Bears' 28-10 win against Minnesota. Around the NFL, Cutler and Marshall are the new Hope and Crosby act.

In his first start since being sidelined by a concussion two weeks ago, Cutler completed 15 of 17 passes to seven receivers in the first half for a 25-3 lead.

He and Marshall were in total sync the entire game, Marshall becoming the Bears' first 1,000-yard receiver in 10 seasons.

On the day, Marshall was targeted 17 times, catching 12 passes for 92 yards to keep several drives alive.

"It's tough to get him," defensive end Jared Allen said of chasing Cutler all afternoon. "We had some good pressure at times where he was rushing off his spot, scrambling around.

"We had the pocket collapsed and he still beats us."

Cutler threw for 188 yards and one touchdown, and was sacked only once.

"Everyone needs their star quarterback playing and we're no different," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "We also expect that from Brandon each week and we should. He is our No. 1 receiver and hard to cover one on one.

"The receiver wanting the football is universal and Brandon will never change."

=Cutler and Marshall were teammates in Denver and that bond has never been stronger.

"Some days it's a shot glass, some days it's a wheelbarrow. That's what Jay brings," Marshall said. "I caught a bunch of balls but the thing I loved today was Earl (Bennett) got us started making big plays and Kellen (Davis) had a big catch for us.

"Jay was fired up, had a sense of urgency, the most I've seen all year. I'm really excited seeing the offense rolling like it did today."

The Bears ran the football 39 times, threw it 31.

"The play calling was good," Cutler said. "When we stay committed to the run and we block well, we're going to be successful.

"But when you get pass happy and divert from the run, it's hard -- especially in November and December." 

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