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Week 2 vs. SD
Receiving: 18 / 166 / 1 on 20 targets
No, that isn't a typo. Marshall, making his season debut after a Week 1 suspension, was thrown to an astounding 21 times. Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that he caught 18 of them. He broke Rod Smith's team record of 14 receptions in one game, and came within two of tying Terrell Owens for the all-time NFL record of 20. He did finish with 166 yards, and 34 of those yards came on one play. Which means his other 17 receptions went for just 132 yards (7.8 YPC). That suggests, correctly, that almost all of the damage done by Marshall was on short and intermediate routes. Denver had so much success with those types of passes that it made no sense to do anything else. Marshall abused San Diego's All-Pro cornerback Antonio Cromartie, all game long. On Denver's two minute drill to end the first half, Marshall caught six passes --- on one drive. He then capped it off by displaying some nice footwork to remain inbounds for a touchdown just before the first half clock ran out. He nearly added a second score late in the fourth quarter on his 18th reception of the game, but he was taken down at the San Diego two yard line. Any fears fantasy owners may have had about Marshall and rookie upstart Eddie Royal turning Denver's passing game into a 1A and 1B situation were put to rest after this performance.
Week 3 vs. NO
Receiving: 6 / 155 / 1 on 11 targets
Marshall does it again. He didn't get a record number of catches, but the six he did get went for plenty of yards and another TD. He also dropped a catch at the one yard line. On Marshall's 35 yard TD reception he was initially ruled out of bounds at the back of the end zone, but after a challenge and review showed he got both feet down with control of the ball, the decision was reversed for the score. And he probably should have caught more of Cutler's throws than he did.
Week 4 vs. KC
Rushing: 1 / -11 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 77 / 1 on 13 targets
His yardage wasn't great this week, yet Marshall scored again on a 16 yard pass play. He missed a second TD when Cutler overthrew him in the end zone. Marshall was the target on both of Cutler's interceptions. He also lost a fumble on a disastrous pitch play from Cutler. The Chiefs scored a touchdown two plays later.
Week 5 vs. TB
Receiving: 3 / 25 / 0 on 7 targets
Marshall led the Broncos in targets with eight, but was able to haul in only three passes for 25 yards. He was targeted three times on third down, and was open on a few different plays where he was either over thrown or he slipped on the wet turf, so his numbers definitely could have been a little more impressive with some better luck.
Week 6 vs. JAX
Receiving: 9 / 98 / 0 on 18 targets
Marshall was targeted early and often, catching nine balls for 98 yards. He looked like he was on pace for a big day when he caught three balls for 45 yards in Denver's opening drive, however the Jaguars did a better job of containing him after that. A dark spot on Marshall's day was when he caught a pass in the second quarter deep in Jacksonville territory, but had it stripped from him and lost the fumble to Jacksonville. Later in the third quarter, Marshall was also overthrown on a deep ball that would have been a sure touchdown.
Week 7 vs. NE
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 77 / 0 on 10 targets
Marshall caught half of his 12 targets for a total of 77 yards, but for the third game in a row the wide out failed to find the end zone. His night could have been better, but penalties wiped out two catches that went for a total 33 yards. Marshall also was open on a number of pass plays, but inaccurate passes by QB Jay Cutler resulted in incomplete passes. In addition to the targets in the passing game, he also took a backward pass for a seven yard rush.
Week 9 vs. MIA
Receiving: 2 / 27 / 0 on 9 targets
Marshall didn't register his first reception of the game until there was a minute remaining in the third quarter. Miami's secondary did a terrific job in coverage on Marshall and didn't allow him to get near the ball let alone gain yards after the catch. He subsequently grew increasingly frustrated as the game went on, sulking his way back to the huddle or the sideline on several occasions. And just when it appeared as if Marshall had broken free for a 77 yard touchdown reception, the play was whistled back for an offensive pass interference call on him. By the letter of the law, he interfered on the play. Realistically speaking, however, receivers have gotten away with far less than Marshall without being called. Some might say it served Marshall right for hot-dogging it the last ten yards on his way into the end zone. We, however, aren't here to judge. In any case, the long touchdown was negated and it really deflated the entire team and home crowd. Marshall did manage to draw a long pass interference penalty in the end zone later in the fourth quarter that set up the Hillis touchdown catch, but that does very little to help Marshall's stat line. On Denver's last-gasp desperation possession, Marshall had a potential 41 yard touchdown go right through his hands in the end zone. At first, it appeared to be good defense on the play. Upon further review, it was apparently that Marshall simply missed the ball.
Week 10 vs. CLE
Receiving: 6 / 89 / 1 on 14 targets
Marshall was targeted 11 times in the first half as Cutler looked to him a lot. He dropped some very catchable passes including one in the end zone in the first half. He and Cutler seemed to be off the same page at times as he appeared to run the wrong route on the only interception of the game. Marshall did not do much in the second half until the very end when he caught an 11 yard touchdown pass late in the game.
Week 11 vs. ATL
Receiving: 6 / 89 / 0 on 9 targets
WR Brandon Marshall was once again the leading receiver for Denver. He hooked up with QB Jay Cutler for a 47 yard reception on a third and seven in the fourth quarter that helped set up the game winning score.
Week 12 vs. OAK
Receiving: 4 / 84 / 0 on 11 targets
Marshall mirrored his quarterback in terms of effectiveness. He was overthrown four times after getting open, and on other occasions did not get separation on his defenders, which enabled them to deflect some other passes intended for him. At other times he used his size and running after the catch ability to get open and gain yards after the catch, resulting in a healthy 21 yards per reception average.
Week 13 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 5 / 55 / 0 on 12 targets
Marshall caught a short pass late in the second quarter, but made a great move cutting back and changing direction, turning his short reception into a 16 yard gain. At the end of the second quarter, Marshall made a nice leaping catch for a 20 yard gain to put the Broncos in field goal range. Marshall finished the game with five receptions for 55 yards.
Week 14 vs. KC
Receiving: 11 / 91 / 2 on 12 targets
Marshall averaged just 8.3 yards per reception in this game, but came up with two very big catches in the end zone amongst eleven on the day to help lead the Broncos to victory, and caught almost everything in site. With his big day, Marshall passed the 80 reception and 1000 yard receiving mark on the season in twelve games played.
Week 15 vs. CAR
Receiving: 5 / 48 / 0 on 8 targets
Marshall had 48 receiving yards on his five catches. He made some bad decisions trying to get extra yardage that turned out either costing Denver yardage or time. Marshall bobbled a pass at the Carolina two yard line that was almost caught for a touchdown by Eddie Royal and was also almost intercepted.
Week 16 vs. BUF
Receiving: 10 / 129 / 0 on 16 targets
Marshall is a beast of a receiver who is almost impossible to cover. As the Denver coaches like to point out, he's still learning and getting better. He has 98 receptions with one game to go should make this his second straight 100 catch season. He also has over 1,200 yards this season and six touchdowns.
Week 17 vs. SD
Receiving: 6 / 55 / 0 on 11 targets
Marshall had a decent game, accumulating 55 yards and six receptions. Most of his receptions were medium passing routes. He blocked extremely well on the few running plays the Broncos ran, but he also had a bad drop.