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Are Cutler, Marshall open to reuniting?

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Are Cutler, Marshall open to reuniting?

Are Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall trying to get the band back together?

The two had a dynamic connection in Denver, as Marshall put up three straight seasons of 100-plus receptions and at least 1,100 yards and six TDs.

Marshall has since played the last two seasons in Miami while Cutler has become the Bears' franchise quarterback.

Saturday, the two took to Twitter in what may be an effort at reuniting.

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Jay CutlerI can get 15 out of storage! Suit you back up. RT @BMarshall19: I miss @jaycutler6 believing in me like that.
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

Not sure what Marshall's original tweet is referencing, but he did send it out during the NFL playoff games Saturday, so it may have been in reference to that.

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Jay CutlerPlease. We can run circles around these guys. RT @BMarshall19: @JayCutler6 these young duos r the old us. Haha chemistry
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

Given that, it could be Marshall was referencing the Lions' Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, a dynamic duo in Detroit that put up big numbers all season, including in the team's playoff loss Saturday.

Love to see Cutler's confidence there.

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Jay CutlerLet's do it! RT @TTidd94: @JayCutler6 i think its time to get the cutlermarshall duo back together in thw windy city
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

A fan got in on the action and it's probably safe to say a lot of people in Chicago would welcome Marshall with open arms to the Bears. Cutler definitely needs help at receiver and Marshall's Dolphins are currently in the midst of quarterback issues.

The holdup is Marshall's contract, as he is currently signed in Miami through the 2014 season. A trade would be the only way for the Pro Bowl wide receiver to land in Chicago.

Bears offensive line stonewalled Von Miller in Week 2

Bears offensive line stonewalled Von Miller in Week 2

Denver Broncos superstar pass-rusher Von Miller is one of the most feared defenders in the NFL. He can single-handedly destroy an offense's gameplan, and in Sunday's Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears, it was up to Charles Leno and Bobby Massie to make sure he didn't make a game-changing sack of Mitch Trubisky.

Mission accomplished.

The Bears' offensive line wasn't perfect in Denver, but they checked one of the biggest boxes of the week by keeping Miller away from Trubisky all afternoon. According to Pro Football Focus, Miller made no impact -- literally none -- as a pass rusher.

Miller entered the 2019 season with five-straight seasons of double-digit sacks, including 14.5 in 2018. His rare talent, combined with the defensive genius of Vic Fangio, appeared like a mission-impossible in Week 2. But Leno and Massie answered the call in dominant fashion. They both finished the game with top-10 grades on Chicago's offense, per PFF.

To be fair, Miller registered an elite grade against the run in Week 2, but his 49.3 pass-rush grade was the worst on the Broncos defense. You read that right; Miller was Denver's worst pass-rusher Sunday.

Kudos to Leno and Massie for a job well done. 

John Fox says Eddy Pineiro's Bears career was on the line in Week 2

John Fox says Eddy Pineiro's Bears career was on the line in Week 2

Former Bears coach John Fox knows a thing or two about getting run out of Chicago. He won just 14 games during his three seasons with the Bears and was fired following the 2017 season when Chicago finished 5-11.

Now an analyst with ESPN, Fox was like every Bears fan watching Week 2's game against the Broncos. And he had a pretty strong opinion about the ramifications of Eddy Pineiro's game-winning 53-yard kick moments before the ball split the uprights.

According to Adam Schefter, Fox said Pineiro's Bears career was on the line.

“I’m watching [Bears vs. Broncos] with John Fox later in the day,” Schefter told ESPN Radio on Monday. “He goes ‘Do you realize how massive this kick is for this one individual and the team?’ He said this before the kick, ‘If this guy misses this kick, he probably can’t kick in Chicago again. If he makes it, he’s a hero with confidence and momentum.’ So that’s all that’s riding on this one kick at the end of the game.”

That seems like a pretty extreme hot take. A 53-yard field goal is hardly a layup, especially for a young kicker who before the game-winner had never been in a situation like that. Would it have been another gut-wrenching loss because of a missed kick? Sure. And would it have magnified the kicker drama Chicago's been living with since last January? Of course. But it's highly unlikely the Bears would've cut Pineiro loose had he missed.

Fortunately, we'll never know. Pineiro's clutch performance not only has his confidence at an all-time high, but it's also put to rest any concerns about Chicago's kicking situation. In fact, an argument can be made that Pineiro has been the NFL's best kicker through two weeks.

Pineiro and the Bears will have a fantastic opportunity to build off of Week 2's momentum when they travel to Washington to take on the Redskins in Week 3's Monday night showdown.