Over the past two years, general manager Phil Emery brought in Martellus Bennett via free agency, Alshon Jeffery via draft and Brandon Marshall via trade. The three accounted for 16 catches, 203 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Green Bay — precisely the kind of production expected from the franchise-grade makeover of the offense.
Marshall’s falling-down catch against pass interference for a 23-yard score on the first drive was nothing short of spectacular, and was his third catch on that first possession. Marshall finished with 107 yards, his third 100-yard game this season and the score was his sixth.
“He makes a difference for everybody because that is how good he is,” said quarterback Josh McCown. “He makes a difference for anybody that is on the field. He is a special player.”
Jeffery continues toward “special” status after his touchdown catch on a back-shoulder throw from McCown on which Jeffery simply out-physical’ed cornerback Davon House for a six-yard touchdown. It was Jeffery’s third TD, matching his full-season total from his rookie season.
Bennett was within inches of a TD with a second-quarter catch and run covering 27 yards to the Green Bay one, from where Matt Forte eased in for the Bears’ second touchdown.
Bears receivers consistently delivered blocks on the edges to help Forte to his 125 rushing yards.