Bears grades: Receivers, A-

Bears grades: Receivers, A-
September 8, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Brandon Marshall caught the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, getting separation from single coverage from a safety. “I didn’t understand it,” Marshall said. “Fourth quarter, with a safety on me one-on-one, I can only ask for that and dream about that.”

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That capped off a day of eight catches for 104 total yards. It was the eighth 100-yard receiving game for Marshall as a Bear and the 27th of his NFL career. Marshall’s eight 100-yard receiving games are already eighth-most in franchise history, breaking a tie with Marty Booker and Willie Gault. Harlon Hill is the franchise leader with 19, followed by Johnny Morris (15), Mike Ditka (14), Curtis Conway (12) and Dick Gordon, Jeff Graham and Ken Kavanaugh (nine each).

Martellus Bennett began his Bears career with a drop on the game’s first play, then showed exactly why he was a priority early signing in free agency, elevating to take advantage of his 6-foot-6 height for a TD pass on the Bears second possession. Bennett also was guilty of two second-half holding penalties but the net was a positive with the TD catch and he finished with three catches for 49 net yards.

“[The TD] was just two guys trying to get open and make a play, and [Cutler] trusted me enough just to put it up there, where I could get it, over the defenders, and I was able to come down with it,” Bennett said, smiling. “I had to channel my inner Brandon Marshall.”

[More: Bennett on Trestman, etc: "They're a hell of a coaching staff"]

Alshon Jeffery caught five of his eight passes for 42 yards, coming up with a one-handed catch for a first down to sustain a drive.

More grades: Quarterbacks (A-), Running Backs (B), Offensive Line (A), Coaches (A-), Secondary (B), Defensive Line (B)