Brandon Marshall saw the football early and often, getting the offense into the end zone with 10- and 2-yard scores in the second quarter and shrugging off an early drop to catch six in the first half alone. He was targeted 11 times, caught nine, and could have 10 but for a slightly off toss from Jay Cutler on a fourth-down try in the first quarter.
“We just got to get [the ball] in front of ‘B’ a little more,” Cutler said. “Maybe we’ll get the first down and maybe he breaks the first tackle and gets in [the end zone].”
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Alshon Jeffery’s 27-yard back-shoulder catch in the second quarter was a thing of beauty and Jeffery, adding a 15-yard gain on an end-around, still contributed despite catching just that one ball out of five “targets.”
A key in the offense was tight end Martellus Bennett, who caught six of seven and averaged 11.3 yards per catch, working the middle of the field and drawing coverage away from Marshall.
“It’s good and he’ll tell me about it so I don’t forget,” Cutler said, laughing. “He makes plays and all those guys make plays in crunch time, too.”
Moon's Grade: A-