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And it’s not just about Matt Forte carrying the ball or Cutler firing to Marshall. It just starts there.

“I know Jay spreads it out, but he definitely takes advantage of the matchups,” Marshall said. “This league is all about matchups. Today, it just happened to be a wheelbarrow for me. But next week, it might be a shot glass.”

Cutler used his arm strength to zip passes between two defenders or throw the ball up high in a crowd because Marshall would find a way to get it. It’s a weapon he hasn’t had since Denver traded him to Chicago.

It’s no surprise that 15 of the 35 passes Cutler threw were to Marshall, but the other receivers had chances, too.

There was rookie Alshon Jeffery hauling in a 42-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone on a perfect high arching pass that sailed about 60 yards late in the game.

Devin Hester had a 29-yard catch. Earl Bennett had a 25-yarder. But it was Marshall stealing the show.

Cutler said the Colts “weren’t really scared of him,” that they were “going to let him make plays” and try to stop the run. Would he be surprised if teams are scared of Marshall after this?

“You have Alshon (Jeffrey) catching touchdowns, Earl (Bennett) catching 60-70 yards,” Cutler said. “Matt Forte. Devin Hester so we have a lot of weapons. You kind of have to pick what you’re going to do. Going forward, mixing it up on defense and giving us a lot of coverages, different fronts, blitzing us is probably what we’re going to see.”

Notes: Coach Lovie Smith sounded optimistic Monday that CB Charles Tillman will return this week after leaving the opener with an injury to his lower right leg. Asked if he expects Tillman to be ready, Smith said, “Yes I do. The glass is half-full, always. So yes.” Smith said the Bears would have held him out along with LB Brian Urlacher had there been practice on Monday. Kyle Adams (shoulder) and J’Marcus Webb (thumb) were also banged up.


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