The Chicago Bears have finally given quarterback Jay Cutler some high-end options in the passing game, and now they have set their sights on a deep playoff run in 2012. Brandon Marshall may be the most talented wide receiver to ever wear a Bears uniform, and he will get some additional help from rookie WR Alshon Jeffery and running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush. At least that's the plan as it appears on paper.
Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation recently took a look at what would need to go right for each NFC team to make the playoffs, and he thinks the Bears are going to need each of those offensive weapons to produce at a high level:
The Bears will make the playoffs because Chicago finally found some help for Jay Cutler. Trading for Brandon Marshall gives Chicago a legitimate No. 1 receiver, their first since bringing Cutler over from Denver. Rookie Alshon Jeffery, a big man with plenty of raw talent, joins the rotation, while Earl Bennett and Devin Hester can work in the slot. This is not the same offense Mike Martz tired to run, not with viable targets for quick throws and a pair of running backs in Michael Bush and Matt Forte. It makes blitzing harder and helps keep Cutler upright behind an iffy line.
Van Bibber also points out the the schedule offers some relief at the beginning and end for the Bears, which could factor into the offense's ability to build momentum.
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