(WSCR) We had heard the hype for months.
Jay Cutler had been given all the offensive weapons he wanted – he had a true, No. 1 wide out in Brandon Marshall, a promising rookie in Alshon Jeffery and a happy running back in Matt Forte. Still, no one knew how the offense would jell together.
After the team’s 41-21 victory over the Colts, it’s clear the offensive lived up to the hype. Cutler complete 21 of 35 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall caught nine passes for 119 yards and touchdown. Jeffery grabbed three passes for 80 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass. Forte solidified the run game by compiling 80 yards on 16 carries. Oh, yeah, and Michael Bush rushed for 42 yards and two touchdowns.
“One of the things that struck me was when they got to training camp, the word they kept using was ‘explosive,'” Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune told The Mully and Hanley Show. “It got to the point where you were kind of like, ‘OK, guys. Give it a rest. I’ll believe it when I see it.’ But (after) nine plays of 20 yards or more in the ball game – that’s explosive. Especially when you consider they had 61 plays of 20 yards or more all last season. I realize it’s just one game. I don’t want to get carried away over one game against a bad Colts football team.”
LISTEN: Brad Biggs on The Mully and Hanley Show
Even the at-times questionable offensive line was serviceable.
“You gotta block the guy in front of you,” Biggs said. “I didn’t focus on J’Marcus Webb during the game. I doubt you guys did, either. That’s a good sign, sorta like an umpire in baseball. … The offensive line was adequate and needs to improve, but boy, the big plays (in) the running game, there were a couple of big allys on the edge for Matt Forte and for Michael Bush.”