Joyner: Bears are Super Bowl contenders

August, 14, 2012
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Jay Cutler and Brandon MarshallJerry Lai/US PresswireJay Cutler, right, and Brandon Marshall give the Chicago Bears a dynamic QB-WR combo.

Teams normally shy away from predicting Super Bowl success in the preseason, but that usual admonition didn't prevent Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall from telling fans at a recent scrimmage that the Bears will go to the Super Bowl.

One might think Marshall would face some backlash for making a vocal declaration of that caliber about a team with only one playoff win and two winning seasons since 2007.

The reason Marshall hasn't received any push-back is that he is spot-on in his assessment. A variety of metric and scouting elements show that Chicago has done a superb job of setting itself up to be a Super Bowl contender.

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