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WR Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears

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

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Marshall suffered a rib injury serious enough to send him to the hospital against the Cowboys in Week 14. His season is now in doubt.

Week 16: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Everyone who watched the Bears play on Monday Night Football this week saw how unmotivated and generally poorly Jay Cutler is playing right now - he got spammed by the Saints' pass rushers for seven sacks totaling -41 yards, and hit another seven times for good measure. His passes were off-target for a good portion of the evening, leading to 17/31 for 194 yards passing, with three interceptions and two late, cheap TDs after New Orleans was in prevent mode (up 24-0 at the end of the third quarter). Marquess Wilson did snag a TD after being catapulted into the starting lineup due to Brandon Marshall's season-ending ribs injury (five targets for 3/16/1 receiving for Wilson), and Martellus Bennett handled six for 4/36/0 during the game. Alshon Jeffery got a last-minute TD to salvage his fantasy outing (nine for 4/78/1), but the malaise of the playing-out-the-string Cutler infected the entire passing attack which looked lethargic and apathetic for much of the game. Uh oh, Bears' fans. The Lions' pass D allowed 31/48 for 256 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -24 yards) back on Thanksgiving Day three weeks ago - since then, Josh McCown has slung 20/39 for 207 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions (taking six sacks for -43 yards) and Teddy Bridgewater threw 31/41 for 284 net yards, one TD and two interceptions (with four sacks taken for -41 yards) lsat week. As you can see, attacking Detroit is generally done in this phase of the game - the Lions do not shut down opposing passers they way they do opposing rushers, but they do generate a lot of turnovers (Detroit is tied for second in the NFL with 19 interceptions to their credit this year). Chicago looked so bad on Monday Night Football that we're calling this a neutral matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs TB 0 0 0 5 3 32 0 0
13 at DET 0 0 0 11 6 42 0 0
14 vs DAL 0 0 0 4 3 61 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs DET (11 / 6 / 42 / 0 rec)

The Bears' No. 1 wide receiver was largely ineffective Thursday against the Lions. He caught six passes on 11 targets for 42 yards. Brandon Marshall's performance against Detroit was on par with his season--a disappointment. He didn't appear to be engaged in the game. He took himself out of the game a few times. He even went down in the middle of the field instead of trying to get out of bounds at the end of the game, when the Bears needed every second possible to muster a comeback. It's hard to know why Marshall is on pace to have a career season. The words "on pace" should be removed from that sentence, because Marshall, barring a few 20-catch games, he 100 percent will have the worst season of his career. Maybe Marshall still hasn't recovered from the early season ankle injury he suffered. Maybe he's fat and happy after signing that big contract extension in the offseason. Or maybe Marshall's career has peaked. Unfortunately, we won't know until next season. For now, though, Marshall doesn't warrant your attention, or the attention of the opposing team's defense.

2014 Week 14 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)

Well, what is there to say, really. Brandon Marshall is out for the season after suffering two broken ribs and a serious lung injury in the loss to Dallas. Marshall was on pace to have the worst season of his career. Hopefully he is able to recover nicely from these injuries and get back to the life he wants to live.


Latest News

Bears | Brandon Marshall talks Jay Cutler (Tue Dec 9, 03:59 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall recently said he would have buyer's remorse regarding the team paying QB Jay Cutler a seven-year, $126 deal. However, Marshall did add that the blame for the Bears' offensive struggles doesn't solely lie on Cutler's shoulders. 'It doesn't always fall on him. I guess that's why those guys are the highest paid players out there. Because when you win and everything is going good, they get all the glory. And when it's bad, they take more [blame] than what they should take.'

Our View: Marshall is going to stand up for his guy. These two have had a close relationship dating back to when they started their pro careers with the Denver Broncos.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall supports Jay Cutler (Mon Dec 8, 11:11 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said he supports QB Jay Cutler, but he also said that he doesn't understand why the team's offense has been so out of sync this season.

Our View: Well of course he does. Marshall and Cutler's relationship go back to when they first came into the league the same year as draft picks by the Denver Broncos. They're good friends and longtime teammates, and that relationship is not going to be fractured because the Bears offense is struggling.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall placed on IR (Mon Dec 8, 03:46 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ribs, lung) was officially placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, Dec. 8. He is done for the year.

Our View: And that's that. Marshall's season is done, and he is now looking towards next season. Marshall carries a $9.5 million cap number in 2015, and there's $13.1 million left in dead money on his contract. The Bears will likely use Marquess Wilson as a starter on the outside opposite Alshon Jeffery.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall out of hospital (Mon Dec 8, 01:00 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ribs, lung) has been released from the hospital, according to head coach Marc Trestman.

Our View: Now, Marshall can begin the road to recovery. We should see Marshall put on season-ending Injured Reserve at some point in the near future. That means Marquess Wilson is likely to take over on the outside opposite Alshon Jeffery.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall's season over (Fri Dec 5, 03:54 PM) - Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ribs, lung) will miss the rest of the season after breaking two ribs and suffering a collapsed lung in Week 14 Thursday, Dec. 4. Marshall remains in a hospital Friday, Dec. 5.

Our View: Marshall took a knee to the back to end his 2014. The Bears were already looking like a team prone to mail it in in any given week from here on out, although Jay Cutler racked up the garbage time numbers this week and could do it again against the Saints next week. Alshon Jeffery should get more targets and more coverage, so his value is unchanged, but Martellus Bennett could remain a PPR monster as Cutler's security blanket with Marshall out.
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