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WR Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears

6-4, 230Born: 3-23-1984College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 4

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General News (Tue Oct 21): called out Jay Cutler in a heated locker room discussion after the team's Week 7 loss against the Miami Dolphins, a source said Sunday, Oct. 19. The source said there "are some very selfish individuals in the locker room." But it's not out of the ordinary for Marshall to strongly voice his opinion to Cutler, as the two are close friends off the field. Marshall also reportedly yelled at PK Robbie Gould.

Week 8: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jay Cutler had a rough game vs. Miami, with 21/34 for 190 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, and three sacks taken for -18 yards. Though Alshon Jeffery (seven targets for 2/9/0 receiving) and Brandon Marshall (10 for 6/48/0) saw plenty of passes last week, there was reportedly an altercation between Cutler and his star receivers after the 14-27 loss. Martellus Bennett chipped in five receptions for 58 yards receiving and Matt Forte handled the TD pass with seven targets for 6/60/1. We'll see if the airing of differences helps get Cutler and company back in synch for week 8. The Patriots' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 18 sacks (tied-10th) generated to date. Geno Smith was limited to 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD with zero interceptions, while the defensive front caused three sacks for -21 yards of offense. Two games back, Kyle Orton threw 24/38 for 268 net yards, two TDs and one interception, while being sacked five times for -31 yards. However, on Tuesday the news broke out of Boston that Chandler Jones has a hip injury that may cost him a month of games - Jones is the Patriots' best pass rusher, so Cutler has caught a break for this game. Keep an eye on the Patriots Wednesday injury report on forwards, and remember that the Patriots play games with those reports - bottom line is that it looks like Jones is out for this game. This is a tough matchup for Cutler and company, though not as tough as it was when Jones was still expected to be in the lineup.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs GB 0 0 0 6 2 19 1 0
5 at CAR 0 0 0 5 3 44 0 0
6 at ATL 0 0 0 9 6 113 0 0
7 vs MIA 0 0 0 10 6 48 0 0
8 at NE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

After seeing 20 targets in the first two games, Marshall has seen just 17 in the last three. The Bears' top receiver hasn't been himself of late, and reasons why have been hard to come by. Marshall, who had been battling an ankle injury since Week 1, was a full participant in practice every day leading up to Sunday's loss to Carolina. He even practiced Wednesday, something he hasn't done since the week before the season began. Marshall finished the game with three catches for 44 yards. He's now been held under 50 receiving yards for four consecutive weeks. Now Carolina's secondary did play well in defending the mid-to-long pass, but Marshall is one of those guys who beats double and triple coverage on a regular basis. Cutler's first interception Sunday came on an over-the-middle throw to Marshall who was being triple covered. The ball was thrown high and it tipped off Marshall's hands. It's hard to understand Marshall's regression, but he's still too good to sit anywhere other than your starting lineup.

2014 Week 6 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 113 / 0 rec)

After a very quiet couple of weeks, Marshall finally had his breakout game of the season in the Bears' win over the Falcons. Marshall went over 100 yards in the first half of play, marking the first time this season he's gone over the century mark. Leading up to Sunday's game, coach Marc Trestman had told reporters that he wanted to get Marshall more involved. And that's exactly what the head coach did against Atlanta. Trestman and Jay Cutler wasted very little time getting Marshall in the swing of things. Marshall had a 47-yard catch in the first half that led to a Cutler touchdown pass a few plays later. Marshall played with a burst that hadn't been seen since last season, as the receiver has been playing on an injured ankle since the Week 1 loss to Buffalo. Marshall claims now to be healthy, which is a great sign for Cutler and the Bears' offense.

2014 Week 7 vs MIA (10 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)

Mr. Marshall wasn't happy after the game, according to just about every media member that stood in the hallway outside the Bears locker room after Sunday's loss. ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright reported that Marshall isn't happy with his role in the offense and wants more touches. Marshall had six catches for 48 yards on a team-high 10 targets against the Dolphins. Marshall struggled to create separation in coverage against Miami's cornerbacks and caught all of his passes in traffic. Here's a fun little fact: Marshall (31 catches) is fourth on the team in catches behind Forte (52 catches), Martellus Bennett (41 catches) and Alshon Jeffery (33 catches). Marshall's 56 targets is third on the team, behind Forte's 62 and Bennett's 58. Those numbers are not Brandon Marshall-like numbers. Here's why that's the case, though. Marshall only is catching 55 percent of his targets. Forte catches 84 percent of his targets; Bennett is at 71 percent; Jeffery is at 62 percent.


Latest News

Bears | Brandon Marshall unhappy with QB (Sun Oct 19, 06:09 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall called out QB Jay Cutler in a heated locker room discussion after the team's Week 7 loss against the Miami Dolphins, a source said Sunday, Oct. 19. The source said there 'are some very selfish individuals in the locker room.' But it's not out of the ordinary for Marshall to strongly voice his opinion to Cutler, as the two are close friends off the field. Marshall also reportedly yelled at PK Robbie Gould.

Our View: This is probably something would stand out less if Marshall and Cutler didn't have pre-existing narratives that are continued with this story. It shouldn't affect your view of them heading into a "get well" game against the weak Patriots defense.
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