Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery Questionable For Monday Night Football

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 | 0


Despite their incredible come-from-behind win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, the Chicago Bears’ ultra-talented receiving corps is still trying to get up to full health following a pair of Week 1 injuries in the team’s loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were listed as questionable for Chicago’s Monday Night showdown with the struggling New York Jets. Marshall is suffering from an ankle issue while Jeffery has been dealing with a hamstring ailment.

Marshall and Jeffery were both thought to be unlikely to play in Week 2, but both surprised by stepping on the field to play last Sunday. Marshall impressed by scoring an incredible three touchdowns while hurt, but Jeffery failed to mount much of an offense with his speed and acceleration limited.

Jeffery was limited in practice this week and Marshall was held out of most sessions, but he did get in a light session today.

Still, both top targets most likely intend to play on Monday night, and if they do, they should be in line for big games against the very questionable Jets’ secondary, which allowed a league-high number of points to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week.

Top Jets cornerback Dee Milliner will most likely be out for the day, meaning that Marshall and Jeffery will have a heyday with Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen, respectively.

The Bears are touted as having one of the finest offenses in the league under head coach Marc Trestman, and the definitely all the pieces in place to be just that. But with star running back Matt Forte struggling and faced with the Jets’ dominating defensive front, much of their success in Week 3 is going to rest on the shoulders of quarterback Jay Cutler’s consistency (or lack thereof).

The polarizing Cutler is known for putting forth both excellent and head-scratching efforts, often turning a routine play into a turnover. He’s going to have to finally shake those negative tendencies if he ever wants to live up to the massive hype that’s been heaped upon him, and he’s going to need his top receivers on the field to achieve that.

They’re questionable, but it looks like they should play. Will the Bears keep their momentum rolling  against the Jets?

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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