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Why the Bears Three-Headed Receiving Monster Is Better than One Good one

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Why the Bears Three-Headed Receiving Monster Is Better than One Good one

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Before the season started, folks worried that the Bears lacked a true No. 1 receiver.

The Bears had plenty of role player wide outs, but they didn't have that one go-to guy who could have a killer game.

That's still true. But as Sunday's win over the Eagles showed, it's no longer a worry.

The Bears top three receivers -- Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and Earl Bennett -- combined for 210 yards on Sunday.

They showed off big play capabilities. Bennett caught a 30-yard pass near the end of the second quarter to set up a crucial touchdown before halftime. Knox's first-quarter 20-yard touchdown catch was not only pretty, it also put the Bears ahead by 11 points at the end of the first quarter. Just two plays before that TD, Hester made a 39-yard catch that put the Bears in position to score.

This three-headed monster strategy also frees up the receivers to do more than just catch passes. Hester can concentrate on what he does better than anyone else -- return kicks and punts. Bennett and Knox are also key special teams players. It was Knox who caught the game-ending onside kick, and Bennett is known to lay down a nasty block when needed.

With 740 yards and 40 catches, Knox is by far the Bears top receiver but he isn't going to catch up with the league leader, Brandon Lloyd with 1122 yards. Hester, Bennett and even running back Matt Forte each have around 32 catches, and this unselfish method works for the Bears. Sure, it's unconventional, but if the Bears keep winning, who needs convention?

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