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Brandon Marshall caught two passes last night for 61 yards.
The starting offense put up 20 points in the first half on Saturday night. Jay Cutler completed 7-of-13 passes for 122 yards. With his arm, the Bears averaged 9.4 yards per completion. Cutler showed poise, confidence, pocket presence, a quick release, an accurate arm and no signs of offseason rust.
As for Brandon Marshall, he only had two receptions. but they accounted for big yardage. His first catch on the Bears' first play of the game was good for 41 yards. His second catch three plays later was good for 20 yards, and it put the Bears in the red zone.
He beat the Redskins defense and left them eating his dust. Matt Forte was silent, as he only had 16 yards on four carries. But Michael Bush, who also got snaps with the first team, chipped in big time.
He was the Bears' second leading rusher, as he gained 21 yards on five carries. He also scored the Bears' first two touchdowns.
When he scored those touchdowns, Bush showed just how valuable he is in the red zone. He ran straight through the Redskins defense, uncontested on both scoring runs.
Devin Hester caught two balls from Cutler, but they didn't have the same effect as Brandon Marshall's two catches.
But the real star of the game turned out to be the Bears' starting offensive line. It did not give up a sack, cleared the way for the run game and was much more dominant than it was against Denver.
What a huge difference playing all of your starters makes.