Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jay Cutler hooked up with Brandon Marshall for
a go-ahead 19-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, as the Chicago Bears
began the Marc Trestman era with a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals
in the season-opener for both teams on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Cutler finished 21-of-33 passing for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an
interception, while Marshall hauled in eight passes for 104 yards and the
deciding score for the Bears (1-0), who went 10-6 last season but missed out
on the playoffs after losing a tiebreaker with Minnesota for the sixth seed in
Matt Forte rushed 19 times for 50 yards and a touchdown in the victory,
helping Trestman become just the fourth Bears head coach to win his debut
contest, joining Hall of Famer George S. Halas (1920), Neill Armstrong (1978)
and Dick Jauron (1999).
Cincinnati signal-caller Andy Dalton completed 26-of-33 passes for 282 yards,
two touchdowns and two interceptions, while A.J. Green grabbed a game-high
nine passes for 162 yards and both of Dalton's touchdowns.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis added a rushing score for the Bengals (0-1), who entered
the postseason as a wild card club last season, but failed to score an
offensive touchdown in a 19-13 loss at Houston in the opening round.