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Game-playing getting Cutler and Marshall closer

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Game-playing getting Cutler and Marshall closer

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. Game-playing is never usually a good thing in a relationship. In the case of the Bears, it is a very good thing.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler have walked into the lunch hall at Olivet Nazarene University together the past two days. (On Thursday Cutler left the mess hall walking behind three offensive linemen, which may have been a subconscious (or maybe very conscious) positioning of security.)

Cutlers and Marshalls rooms in the dorm are next to each other, meaning that when they are not at practice or in meetings, there is time for games that include Scrabble (Marshalls advantage) and another which is Advantage Cutler.

Weve been playing a game called Q I call it Q because I cant pronounce whatever its name is -- and hes 2-0 against me, Marshall said. Hopefully Ill get a win at Scrabble because Im not good at Q right now.

The expectations are that Cutler and Marshall will be the linchpins of an offense beyond what the Bears have fielded in recent memory. It will have to go some to top what is currently the most explosive offense in which Marshall has ever played.

As far as ranking the 2012 Bears offense for explosiveness, Not even close, Marshall said. 1994, my little league team, the Kingsley Knights no, Im being honest I mean, we were scoring at will. It was amazing. Hopefully, if we match some of that production back in 94, then Ill be able to say it, but Ive got to see it work.

Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's Elvis night on the South Side

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's Elvis night on the South Side

Scott Podsednik and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on Baseball Night in Chicago to discuss all things baseball.

They talk Yoan Moncada's comeback, Eloy Jiménez's injury, the Cubs' continuing bullpen struggles and more.

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Can Jon Lester get out of his slump?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Can Jon Lester get out of his slump?

David Haugh, Ben Finfer and Seth Gruen join Kap on the panel.

0:00- The Cubs winning streak is over as Jon Lester's struggles continue. Should fans be worried that he can't get out of this slump? Would he be a playoff starter right now?

8:40- The White Sox rebuild continues as Rick Hahn says fans might have to wait until next spring to see whether or not they'll be contenders. Is next year too early to compete?

15:00- The Bears backups get ready to face the Colts backups Saturday night. Is there any reason to have the preseason at all?

18:30- Mitch Trubisky's preseason is over. So is he ready for Week 1?

20:00- College football is back. The panel give their picks for Florida vs Miami in the Fanduel Friday Faves.

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