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Jay Cutler says offense will continue to run through Brandon Marshall

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler directed 14 of his 26 pass attempts last Sunday to Brandon Marshall.

His BFF responded by catching 10 of them for 165 yards, including a 56-yarder that set up a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation.

With four games remaining, Cutler isn't going to change his approach. Cutler Marshall.jpg

"The passing game's going to run through him," Cutler told Minnesota-based reporters in a conference call. "We're going to try to find ways to get him the ball and get him involved as much and as early as possible."

Marshall has 91 catches, which trails only league-leader Wes Welker by one. Marshall, though, is the NFL's third-most targeted player, behind Reggie Wayne (153) and Calvin Johnson (144), according to STATS. Marshall has been targeted on 138 passes this season.

Wayne is tied for third in the league with 88 catches while Johnson is fifth with 86.

While the Bears have lost three of the last four, the offense has played increasingly better the last two games. Much of that is because of an emphasis on shorter, quicker passes and improved pass protection.

"They're playing better. I don't know if it's because I'm yelling at them more or what's happening," Cutler said. "But guys are playing well.

"I think we have good game plans going into it. Mike [Tice has] done a great job of mixing up and spinning the play calling and keeping teams off-balance."

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