The Chicago Bears have always had a reputation for a team known for their defense and this season is the perfect example as to why considering they’ve already recorded seven defensive scores over the first eight games. However, Sunday’s 51-20 win over the Tennessee Titans showed this team has the potential to have one of the league’s top offenses thanks to wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Going against one of the league’s worst defenses when it comes to stopping the pass, Marshall finished the game with nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns–giving him a total of 59 catches for 797 yards and seven touchdowns over the team’s first eight games of the regular season. In fact, Marshall has caught six touchdowns over the last five games to go along with at least nine reception in three of his last four.
Chicago acquired Marshall from the Miami Dolphins this offseason to finally provide Jay Cutler with the chance of playing with a No. 1 wide receiver. It’s been forever since the Bears’ offense had a big-named player at the wide receiver position and the fact that Marshall has already surpassed the team’s leading receiver from 2011 (Johnny Knox) shows what type of impact he’s had this season.
If Chicago could manage to play at the high level they played at against Tennessee throughout the second half of the season, there’s no reason why they can’t make a run with the Atlanta Falcons when it comes to the No. 1 seed in the NFC–especially if Cutler and Marshall continue developing their chemistry each week.
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