LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears' offense has been anything but a balanced attack.
The Bears know they'll have to do more than have quarterback Jay Cutler repeatedly throw to wide receiver Brandon Marshall if they're going to best a handful of strong defenses in the second half of the season, starting with Tennessee on Sunday.
Still, they're not necessarily willing to abandon their offensive star.
When the Bears acquired Marshall in the offseason, they didn't plan to use him as a decoy. He has caught fewer than five passes in only one game, the loss to Green Bay in which he had two receptions for 24 yards.
Cutler and Marshall have been at their best in clutch situations. Marshall leads the NFC in third-down receptions (16) and yardage (675), while Cutler leads the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 132.0.
However, even with the duo piling up statistics, there hasn't been in a rush to the end zone.