After some talk this week about Brandon Marshall's desire to have a more defined role in the offense, he got his wish Thursday night in the Bears' 27-21 win over the Giants.
The Bears' top wide receiver caught nine passes on 11 targets for 87 yards and two first-half touchdowns to lead the way for Chicago.
"Clearly he's a big part of this offense, and everybody knows it," Bears analyst Jim Miller said. "And he's going to continue to be a big part of this offense, and tonight he did the omen's work."
Facing his former team, tight end Martellus Bennett continued his successful 2013 campaign with six catches for 68 yards. Matt Forte, who rushed for 67 hard-earned yards on 19 carries, also added six receptions for 44 yards.
In all Jay Cutler found six different receivers on his 24 completions, including one to fullback Tony Fiammetta, who broke a tackle early and scampered for 30 yards.
Alshon Jeffery, who combined for 15 catches for 325 yards and two scores the last two weeks, was held to one reception tonight. But that's something CSN analyst Chris Boden said shows that the offense is evolving, with multiple threats having big nights different weeks.
"This is kind of the way that this offense is going to evolve because you look at the statsheet and Alshon Jeffery, who set records last week, had only one reception," Boden said. "That's just the way this offense is going to ebb and flow from week-to-week."