Bears' trio reaches rare milestone in victory over Cowboys

Bears' trio reaches rare milestone in victory over Cowboys
December 10, 2013, 1:00 am
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Scott Krinch

What the Bears offense boasts right now is scary.

In Monday’s 45-28 victory over the Cowboys, Brandon Marshall surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark and Matt Forte moved past the 1,000-yard rushing mark to join teammate Alshon Jeffery in the 1,000-yard club.

The trio became the first in team history to reach this feat since the three-headed tandem of Curtis Conway, Jeff Graham and Rashaan Salaam did it 18 years ago during the 1995 season.

Now, the scary part.

Conway never again went over the 1,000-yard mark in a Bears uniform, Graham was traded to the New York Jets the next offseason and Salaam only started nine more games in his four-year NFL career.

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But what the Bears currently have is a young trio of offensive weapons that only seems to be getting better.

If there was an award for breakout player of the year, Alshon Jeffery would be near the top, if not No. 1 on the list. He’s seven yards shy of 1,200 receiving yards, has broken the Bears single-game receiving yard record twice this season and should be a Pro Bowler in only his second season.

Marshall is quietly on his way to another 100-reception, 1,000-yard and 10-touchdown season, and he isn’t even 30 years old.

And Forte is having his best season from a statistical standpoint since his rookie year. Oh, and he’s locked into a long-term contract.

That core of young offensive weapons — plus tight end Martellus Bennett — was on full display during Monday’s thrashing of the Cowboys. The Bears offense was able to keep punter Adam Podlesh sidelined, scoring on all eight of their possessions.

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“It was horrible,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said afterwards. “We lost the game. We played terrible. We got dominated ... we’ve got to play a lot better.”

During the 490-yard outpouring, Forte totaled 175 combined yards with a touchdown, Marshall finished with six catches for 100 yards and Jeffery had five catches for 84 yards and added another highlight-reel touchdown you will see on television all week.

The Bears offense has developed a swagger unlike most Chicago sports fans have ever seen from an offense — minus the Blackhawks. They’re starting to believe in themselves and are doing it on a consistent basis.

“That’s what we’re capable of doing,” Marshall said. “We believe in ourselves. The coaches put a great plan together. Offensive line, when you can keep the pocket clean like that, give the quarterback a clean throwing motion, the sky’s the limit for us and this offense.”

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Indeed the sky is the limit for this Bears offense as long as they can keep their young core together.

Is it a Super Bowl caliber offense? Maybe. They did receive a ringing endorsement from the Bears' most recent Super Bowl-winning coach after his jersey was retired in a halftime ceremony during an ice-cold night at Soldier Field.

“That’s a pretty good offense,” Hall of Famer Mike Ditka said. “What Marc (Trestman) is doing with this offense is so imaginative, and it’s so good. It’s so talented ... I know what they’re doing on offense is tremendously impressive.”

Strong words from Da Coach.