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Jay Cutler would prefer to spread the ball around

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Brandon Marshall is having a historic season for the Bears, but quarterback Jay Cutler would prefer if the balls and yards were more evenly distributed.

Asked about Calvin Johnson's monstrous season in Detroit, Cutler said, "It's impressive what they're doing.

"A lot of balls going his way. A lot of balls going B's way," Cutler said, referring to Marshall. "I think in an ideal world you'd like to get some other guys in the mix. If you can have three guys at 70, four guys at 50, 60, 70, and really spread it around.

"I think it makes defenses a lot more honest. [But] you're taking anything away from what they've done, it's impressive."

Marshall leads the Bears in catches (113), receiving yards (1,466) and receiving touchdowns (11), and he's miles ahead of anyone else in any of those categories. Matt Forte is second with 42 catches and 319 yards, and rookie Alshon Jeffery has three receiving touchdowns.

Here are some other thoughts from Cutler's press conference today:

* Measuring himself in these big games: "This is a big game. I think last week was a big game. We've got to win. There's nothing else to be said about it. And quarterback play, these are games you've got to have."

* On rooting for Green Bay this Sunday: "Yeah it is. It is. I think all Bears fans will be somehow hoping that they lose but we get in, but that's not the case. We've got to root for them, at least one game this year and hopefully pull through for us."

* On the awkwardness of having to wait and see if they make the playoffs: "It's part of how it goes. We put ourselves in this position so we can't do anything but wait. But first and foremost we've got to beat Detroit and it's not going to be an easy task for us. They played us tough the first time and we're going to get their best shot."

* On early struggles for the offense: "I think we're going to be fine. I think we'll get off to a good start this week. We've got to run the ball, take care of the ball; we can't give their offense anything easy because they move the ball up and down the field pretty well.

* On Forte's ankle injury: "He seems to be walking around OK. I think he's optimistic that he'll play but I don't know. We've got Kalil back in and I'm sure he'll be getting a lot of reps this week. If we can have Matt, we can have Matt. And if we can't, then other guys have to step up."

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