The two longtime teammates connected on 10 passes for 165 yards, including a desperation 56-yarder that set up
|Brandon Marshall leaps high to catch a Jay Cutler pass in Sunday's loss.|
Marshall's 165 yards were the most by a Bears receiver since Marty Booker had 198 against the Vikings on Sept. 8, 2002. Marshall now has six 100-yard games this season.
Cutler completed 17 of 26 passes for 233 yards with two touchdowns and 119.6 passer rating. Prior to Sunday, Cutler had been 25-0 in his career when posting a passer rating of at least 100.
Asked if he was surprised the Bears defense was unable to hold a late 14-10 lead, Cutler said: "It's surprising. Our defense takes a lot of pride in that.
"Offensively, I'm going to worry about our offense and what we can do. I still think we never should have put them in that position. We never should have been there. We missed some points and missed some opportunities offensively to really put the game away."
Up front: The Bears started their third different offensive line combination in as many games, employing the same lineup that closed last Sunday's win over the Vikings.
The unit consisted of
"I felt like they did an OK job," said coach Lovie Smith. "Offensively, we did what we needed to do to stay in the game. We just needed to get some help in other places."
Aches and pains: The injuries continued to pile up for the Bears, who lost middle linebacker
The Bears were already playing without guards
Breaking trends: Before losing Sunday, the Bears had been 7-2 in overtime and 49-9 when winning the turnover battle since Smith became coach in 2004. They had also had been 21-1 when leading after the first quarter since 2009 and 22-1 when leading after the fourth period since 2010.
More numbers: Marshawn Lynch rushed for 87 yards on 19 carries against the Bears defense. ...