WR Brandon Marshall - Free Agent
|6-4, 230||Born: 3-23-1984||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2006|
2018 Week 1 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec)
Marshall carried over his pre-season enthusiasm and work ethic and it paid off with a TD in his first regular season game with the Seahawks. On his 20 yard scoring play, Marshall was just ahead of the DB down the sideline, and caught a perfectly thrown pass as he entered the end zone. He had another TD catch negated (granted, due to a penalty on him - but at least it shows that Wilson was looking his way). At least as important as the scoring play(s) were the less memorable catches, the ones that simply moved the chains. Marshall worked hard in traffic as well as the sideline work. He was the intended target on an interception, but the turnover was no fault of his.
2018 Week 2 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Marshall continues to impress, winning his one-on-one battles for the ball, and showing rookie-like hustle coming back for the ball and fighting to move the chains. He was the closest thing to a go-to guy the Seahawks had this game, but that's not saying much. Marshall's reliable hands and route running, at this stage in his career, are clearly skills that better serve a team as a 2nd or even third receiver. He was arguably the Seahawks best player on offense in the first half, but gave way to Tyler Lockett's mini-heroics in the second half.
2018 Week 3 vs DAL (6 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Marshall is simply more valuable in real football than fantasy football. He made only two catches, and both were impressive as he won the battle for the ball in extremely tight coverage for the first down. In the red zone, he still could pose a threat, but there were not many opportunities in this game, as most of the scores were longer plays.
2018 Week 4 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
With Doug Baldwin returning, Marshall was mainly counted on for underneath routes, limiting his already thin fantasy value further to being touchdown dependent. He was twice targeted in end zone but was well covered each time.
2018 Week 5 vs LAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marshall was an afterthought in this one and is quickly losing any fantasy relevance - potential relevance, that is - that he may have had. He only played seven snaps against the Rams, while his replacement, David Moore, reeled in two touchdown passes. Marshall at this point is a one trick pony. He is unable to gain separation in coverage, and simply has to win the ball with his positioning and size, which he is still capable of doing. It's a marvel to watch his determination and humility in playing the possession role for the Seahawks, but unfortunately the experiment may be coming to a close. Even if he does hang on as a role player, any significant production will be few and far between.
2018 Week 6 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Marshall's second consecutive one target game should serve notice that unless he moves further up the depth chart, he should no longer be on the fantasy radar.
2017 Week 1 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall's debut as a Giant was a complete dud as the veteran reciver didn't register a catch until the final drive. Manning rarely threw his direction throughout the game as the Giants offensive line was woeful blocking for their Quarterback. Marshall was targeted on a few throws but he could just not connect with Manning. His accuracy was scattershot due to the pressure he was facing and missed Marshall on several throws. Marshall was clearly open on a few plays over the middle but the pass was usually thrown behind him. These plays were relatively short however and would not have contributed much on their own, even if caught. He finally got a catch at the end of the game but this was in garbage time as the Cowboys played off coverage to give up the quick pass.
2017 Week 2 vs DET (5 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
The Brandon Marshall experiment in New York has not gotten off to the best start. After a subpar outing in Dallas last week, the veteran receiver will have done little to hush the critics with another error-strewn display. Marshall's most flagrant error came on a deep target down the right sideline. Against Cover-2, Marshall found the hole in the zone between cornerback and safety, and Eli Manning threaded the needle perfectly for the ball to land in the receiver's hands. Unfortunately the pass hit off said hands and fell harmlessly incomplete, drawing the crowd's ire. Manning would go back to Marshall on a straightforward pass off play action, but it too came off the receiver's hands and hit the turf. Marshall was unlucky not to get into the end zone at one point, getting open on a quick hitch pattern and reeling in the pass, only to dive just short of the goal line. The offensive issues permeate throughout the unit, but Marshall's mistakes exacerbated things.
2017 Week 3 vs PHI (11 / 8 / 66 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall got a lot more involved in the passing game this week but still feels like a #3 receiver for the Giants at best. He was used as a possession receiver for the most part, getting slants and curl routes thrown his direction so he can use his big size as an advantage. He did pick up several first downs in this role and managed to break a few tackles, which was definitely positive to see at his age. The Giants still have many talented players on offense so production from Marshall will be inconsistent. He is a low end fantasy option at this point and should not be started on most fantasy teams.
2017 Week 4 vs TB (10 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall got his hands on a few more balls this week but his production was still mediocre. Most of these passes were very short and allowed Marshall almost no running room. The chemistry with the QB/WR was clearly off early in the game, which lead to dropped passes or inaccurate balls. Eventually things settled down and Manning began to find Marshall on scramble plays outside of the pocket which was encouraging to see. Marshall still only caught short slants and curls for the most part and disappeared in the redzone. His large frame allows him to win the contested catch battle for the most part and this was on show vs the Bucs. Manning tried to connect with Marshall down the field too but they did not seem to be on the same page. He is a WR4 and should not be played at this moment in most fantasy leagues.
2017 Week 5 vs LAC (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had another miserable performance with the Giants and he is not worth owning in fantasy at this point in almost any league. Marshall got a first down early on a drag route over the middle and another nice conversion on a curl route but got injured later. Manning tried to connect with Marshall on a deep ball along the sideline but he came down awkwardly and subsequently left the game. Marshall just hasn't looked himself with the Giants to this point and this injury is just making things worse. Even if he returns to the lineup, he should not be started.
2016 Week 1 vs CIN (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
'Disappointing' would be the best word to sum-up Brandon Marshall's Week 1 performance. After dealing with injuries during the pre-season, Marshall and Fitzpatrick were out of sync and missed a few opportunities for game changing plays. In the first half, Marshall received two end zone targets, one on a post route and one a corner route, but errant throws by Fitzpatrick resulted in miss opportunities. Of note, Marshall was open on the post route, but Fitzpatrick threw the ball too hard and it whizzed over Marshall's head. Marshall took a big hit after the play, but remained in the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Marshall in stride deep down the seam, but the ball went off his hands and fell incomplete. The opportunities were there for Marshall to score multiple touchdowns, but his timing with Fitzpatrick was off.
2016 Week 2 vs BUF (9 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)
A single play can change the complexion of an entire season and Jet fans saw their season flash before their eyes in the first half. Lined up in the slot on a red zone play, Fitzpatrick delivered a quick strike to Marshall and Marshall displayed his elite physicality and run after the catch ability. A corner attempted to a high, shoulder pad tackle and was unsuccessful. The defender hung on and resorted to grabbing his facemask to stop his trek into the end zone. Once grabbed, Marshall's body pivoted oddly and his knee bent awkwardly. At first glance, it appeared to be a serious knee injury, but Marshall walked off the field under his own power and went to the locker room. After missing a drive, Marshall re-entered the game and miraculously did not show any ill-effects of the injury. In fact, Marshall returned with a vengeance and caught a 37-yard bomb deep down the sideline. Marshall rose up, plucked the ball above an on-coming defender and registered a few yards after the catch. Marshall made a few more plays on third downs and recovered Buffalo's on-sides kick to effectively end the game.
2016 Week 3 vs KC (10 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Suffering through some knee discomfort, Brandon Marshall gutted his way through this game. Fitzpatrick was a complete mess, which affected all of his receivers. Marshall, on the other hand, did not make things easier by dropping two passes and failing to get both feet in on an endzone target. Better days are ahead for this offense, so credit Marshall for playing through some knee discomfort.
2016 Week 4 vs SEA (12 / 4 / 89 / 1 rec)
Playing without Eric Decker for the first time this season, Marshall was Fitzpatrick's first read on most pass plays. Marshall was shadowed by Richard Sherman - and the two Pro Bowlers engaged in a highly entertaining battle. Both players were physical at the line of scrimmage and took turns getting the best of each other. In the second quarter, Marshall and Fitzpatrick executed a perfectly timed back shoulder throw for a 17-yard touchdown. Marshall was able to get enough separation at the catch point and Fitzpatrick delivered a perfectly thrown ball to finish the scoring play. In the second half, Sherman would take advantage of - and ultimately win - this highly entertaining match-up. Communication breakdowns, and errant passes, resulted in two interceptions by Sherman. Without Decker, Marshall did not have a lot of help on the outside, which will likely be an issue going forward.
2016 Week 5 vs PIT (15 / 8 / 114 / 1 rec)
It was a tale of two halves for Brandon Marshall. In the first half, Pittsburgh opted to deploy single coverage on Marshall and play strict man coverage on the other receivers. Marshall feasted on single coverage, using his big body to gain separation against smaller receivers. Marshall's touchdown grab happened right before the two-minute warning in the first half. Facing single coverage without safety help, Marshall ran a corner route and made a leaping catch over a smaller corner. The ball was initially tipped up, but Marshall ripped it away to complete the scoring play. In the second half, Marshall faced double coverage and was largely negated. Pittsburgh opted to take its chances against New York's other receivers, which proved to be a prudent decision. With Eric Decker missing his second straight game, defenses locked onto Marshall and forced other receivers to beat them. Marshall needs Decker to come back soon to alleviate some of the defensive pressure.
2016 Week 7 vs BAL (8 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a tough day against Jimmy Smith. Marshall had several opportunities to make tough catches over the middle of the field, but Marshall dropped two passes and misjudged one end zone target. Marshall's longest reception occurred on a 21-yard post deep down the middle of the field.
2016 Week 8 vs CLE (9 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
It was the tale of two halves for Brandon Marshall. Marshall dropped his only first half target, which would have resulted in a 30+ yard gain. Fitzpatrick made a conscious effort to get Marshall involved in the second half, peppering him with targets at the line of scrimmage and also targeting him deep down the seam. Cleveland opted to play their corners off of Marshall, giving him room to work at the line of scrimmage. When asked to make plays over the middle, Marshall delivered. Marshall had a long reception of 31 yards on a deep post route against Cleveland's zone coverage. Marshall had opportunities to post a bigger stat line against Cleveland's burnable secondary, but a combination of Fitzpatrick's dismal first half effort plus the success of the rushing attack capped his output.
2016 Week 9 vs MIA (9 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
'Frustrating' would be the best word to summarize Brandon Marshall's outing against Miami. Matched up against Byron Marshall for much of the game, Brandon Marshall had him beat time-after-time, but settled for short gains on intermediate routes. New York's offensive line had trouble passing blocking Miami's front, which limited the amount of downfield shots. Marshall was targeted twice in the red zone in the first half, but Fitzpatrick delivered two errant passes. In the first quarter, on a 3rd-and-2 play from Miami's 5-yard line, Fitzpatrick overthrew an open Marshall on a slant route, leading to a Nick Folk field goal. After the play, Marshall and Fitzpatrick were seen screaming at each other on the sideline. The situation is worth monitoring in the coming weeks.
2016 Week 10 vs LA (6 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
With Petty making his first start, a conservative game plan was called and Marshall was not given any opportunities to make big plays. It wasn't a matter of Marshall getting open; rather Petty opted to throw away from the big target. When he was targeted, Marshall settled for short four, five yard gains between the hatches. Marshall was involved on New York's only touchdown play, a hook-and-ladder play where Marshall made the initial reception and flipped the ball to Bilal Powell who ran it into the end zone.
2016 Week 12 vs NE (9 / 6 / 67 / 1 rec)
It was the tale of two halves for Brandon Marshall. Marshall made five of his six catches in the first half, which included a 1-yard touchdown grab. Marshall's touchdown grab ended his six-game scoreless streak. Matched up against Malcolm Butler in single coverage, Fitzpatrick and Marshall maximized his size advantage by throwing the ball high and letting Marshall go get it. Outside of the touchdown grab, Fitzpatrick found soft spots in New England's deep zone. On a 3rd-and-4 play, Marshall ran a deep drag and Fitzpatrick found him for a 20-yard gain. This play set-up a Nick Folk field goal. For reasons unknown, Marshall was a non-factor in the second half. Granted, Quincy Enunwa made several big catches, but Marshall is the clear top option in this passing offense. New England opted to roll a safety over the top, but the ball was not schemed in Marshall's direction. New England made the necessary adjustments to limit Marshall's opportunities, but the offense needed to find ways to get him the ball.
2016 Week 13 vs IND (8 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a few bright moments with both quarterbacks. Early in the first quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Marshall on a short crossing route, and Marshall made a few nice open field moves for a 17-yard gain. In the second half, Petty and Marshall hooked up for 13 yards on 3rd-and-12. Marshall sat in zone coverage, allowed his quarterback to find him, and picked up the first down after the catch.
2016 Week 14 vs SF (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
As a receiver, Marshall was a non-factor for the majority of the game. He made a tough over-the-shoulder-grab for a 20-yard gain to prolong a 2nd half drive, but his timing with Petty was off. Marshall and Petty had several opportunities to make plays, but Petty's throws were either late or off-target. As a blocker, Marshall helped set the edge for some of Powell's big runs. Marshall was physical at the point of attack and did a nice job run blocking. In the fourth quarter, Marshall appeared to tweak his ankle, but played through the ailment. He had trouble breaking at the line of scrimmage and functioned as a decoy.
2016 Week 15 vs MIA (11 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall was a non-factor for the second straight week. Despite receiving 11 targets, Petty and Marshall failed to develop a rhythm. Granted, Petty targeted Marshall on some uncatchable passes, but the timing and trust just isn't there between these two players. Marshall did look slow on his routes and his breaks weren't as sudden as they were in the beginning of the season. Still, Marshall and Petty have two more weeks to audition for next season.
2015 Week 1 vs CLE (9 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)
Marshall was targeted a team-high nine times as he took advantage of an obvious mismatch against Joe Haden. Marshall, who primarily played in the slot as a member of the Chicago Bears, lined up outside and was targeted on screens, crossing routes, and in the red zone. Marshall scored in the third-quarter on an easy 1-yard pitch and catch. Marshall was matched up against Haden in single coverage and easily beat him to the score. Marshall bailed Fitzpatrick out after a costly third quarter interception by stripping the ball away from the defender. Marshall's physical, dominant presence was a welcomed addition for a Jet offense that hasn't a true top receiver in years.
2015 Week 2 vs IND (10 / 7 / 101 / 1 rec)
The Jets two top receivers took advantage of the injuries the Colts had at cornerback in this game. Former teammate of Marshalls, Vontae Davis, spent the majority of the game covering him until he went down with a concussion. Marshall would finish the game with 7 receptions, for 101 yards and a touchdown. He collected 55 yards after the catch in this game including a 42-yard gain when the Jets zone coverage dropped down to the flat. Fitzpatrick and Marshall did a good job isolating against these inferior talents all night as Marshall also drew multiple holding penalties. After the Vontae Davis injury the Jets put together its best drive, immediately hitting Marshall on a crossing route. In the second half Fitzpatrick off of a boot connects with Marshal for a 16-yard gain on a comeback route to the right. On the touchdown, Fitzpatrick hit Marshall with a nice back shoulder throw where he is able to keep his feet pumping and power through three defenders to make it to the pylon. This would push the lead back to 10 points with just 6:20 left in the fourth quarter.
2015 Week 3 vs PHI (14 / 10 / 109 / 1 rec)
Without Eric Decker and Chris Ivory in the fold, Marshall was blanketed by multiple defenders on every play. Philadelphia kept Marshall in check for nearly two quarters before he scored on a 16-yard touchdown grab with seconds remaining before halftime. Marshall ran a post route and made a nice adjustment to catch a relatively underthrown pass. His touchdown catch somewhat made amends for arguably the dumbest play of the 2015 season. Midway through the second quarter, Marshall attempted to lateral a short gain to Jeff Cumberland, but ultimately fumbled the ball away. Marshall was attempting to jumpstart the offense, but this miscue killed the offense's momentum and Philadelphia's offense turned his miscue into seven points. Due to game flow, Marshall made his bones in the second half by working the seam and running underneath routes to get easy catch and run opportunities. These plays bolstered Marshall's stat line, but did not help New York get back into the game. Late in the fourth quarter, New York was mounting a late comeback, but he misjudged a pass that was tipped and intercepted by Walter Thurmond. While fantasy owners are happy with Marshall's performance, two dumb mistakes paved the way for New York's first loss of the 2015 season.
2015 Week 4 vs MIA (11 / 7 / 128 / 0 rec)
Another week, another big statistical performance from Marshall. Marshall set the tone early by making a 57-yard catch on New York's first play, toasting Brent Grimes on a deep sideline route. Entering the game, Miami did not have the personnel to match-up against Marshall and things got worse once Grimes left with a knee injury in the first quarter. Marshall recorded 107 of his receiving yards during the first half, running a variety of slants, crossing routes, and deep dig routes to keep separation and win one-on-one matchups against smaller corners. Marshall did drop one of his end zone targets during the first half, but it did not have an impact on the outcome of the game.
2015 Week 6 vs WAS (9 / 7 / 111 / 1 rec)
After losing a first half fumble, fans started to boo Marshall. Marshall, however, atoned for his blunder by posting a big second half en-route to his fourth straight 100-yard game. During the third quarter, Marshall made a ridiculous 'shoe string' catch on a poorly thrown pass, made an impressive cut in the open field, and raced into the end zone to complete a 35-yard scoring play. Marshall badly embarrassed Breshad Breeland on the scoring play, spinning Breeland into his own team mates to buoy the scoring play. Outside of the scoring play, Marshall worked the middle part of the field, regularly beating defenders on quick slants, seam routes, and quick hitches. Marshall continues to be Fitzpatrick's first option on all passing plays.
2015 Week 7 vs NE (7 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall turned in his worst performance to date as a member of the New York Jets. Marshall was the focal point of New England's defense effort, but still hadopportunities to make game-changing plays. New England opted to rotate his corners against Marshall, but always provided safety help over the top. Early in the fourth quarter, Marshall dropped an easy 12-yard touchdown pass that would have given New York an eight point lead. Instead, New York settled for a field goal as New England rallied to win the game. Late in the fourth quarter, New York recovered an on-sides kick and had an opportunity to tie the game. Marshall committed a boneheaded false start penalty, effectively ending the game. After the game, Marshall told reporters that he should walk home after making critical mistakes. Marshall typically bounces back, so expect him to respond next week in Oakland.
2015 Week 8 vs OAK (18 / 9 / 108 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall received a team-high 18 targets and found a lot of success against Oakland's beatable secondary. Marshall asserted his will and easily beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage and ran free for the majority of the game. Injuries, however, limited his impact in the second half. Early in the fourth quarter, Marshall injured his right toe after he caught a deep pass down the right sideline. Marshall landed awkwardly out of bounds and was down for a few minutes. He was able to pop up and walk off, but missed a few plays and was seen talking to doctors. Luckily, Marshall re-entered the game, but injured his left ankle on a crossing route. Marshall was able to limp off the field under his own power, but once again, came back into the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Marshall was targeted deep down the left sideline and dropped a surefire touchdown pass. Marshall was clearly hobbled on the play, so his status bears watching during this upcoming week.
2015 Week 9 vs JAX (8 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall turned in season lows for catches and yards, but made arguably the biggest play of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick found Marshall in the back of the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown. Marshall was blanketed by Davon House, but Marshall made an acrobatic dive to position himself to ultimately secure the ball. Marshall's scoring play gave New York a 28-13 fourth quarter lead. Marshall should have turned in a bigger individual effort, but Fitzpatrick missed several throws throughout the game. Of note, Marshall ran wide open during the second quarter for what would be an easy touchdown grab, but Fitzpatrick badly misfired. At this point in his career, wins have become paramount for Marshall and he made a single play to secure a victory for his team.
2015 Week 10 vs BUF (10 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
Simply put, Brandon Marshall played his worst game of the season. Buffalo rolled its coverage to Marshall, but his timing with Fitzpatrick was off. Early in the first half, Marshall ran an incorrect route and Fitzpatrick was intercepted. Marshall also dropped several passes and seemed mentally checked out at times, but saved his outing with an easy 14-yard touchdown grab during the third quarter. Marshall injured his left ankle late in the fourth quarter and hobbled off, but was able to return to the game. Marshall's touchdown prowess saved a relatively bad outing. Overall, Marshall is making too many mental and physical mistakes at this point in the season.
2015 Week 11 vs HOU (10 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)
Another week, another shaky performance by Marshall. Alike prior weeks, Houston's defense opted to double Marshall and once again, Marshall struggled to win. When given one-on-one opportunities, Marshall won with ease. During the third quarter, Marshall beat rookie, Kevin Johnson with a double move, and settled into the back of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. Johnson bit on Marshall's first move--and that was more than enough for Marshall to win. Marshall had a chance to score a second touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but failed to keep both feet in bounds.
2015 Week 12 vs MIA (11 / 9 / 131 / 2 rec)
Miami's decision to leave Brent Grimes in one-on-one situations against Brandon Marshall proved to be costly. Marshall used his size and tactical route running ability to beat Grimes at will. Marshall caught nine of his 11 targets, which included touchdown receptions during the first and fourth quarters. During the first quarter, Marshall ran a post route and easily caught a back-shoulder throw from Fitzpatrick to complete a 16-yard scoring play. For whatever reason, Grimes looked befuddled on the play and Marshall-Fitzpatrick connected for a relatively easy pitch-and-catch. During the fourth quarter, Marshall hauled in his second touchdown pass, a 3-yard strike to give New York a 28-7 lead. Marshall dominated Grimes in both meeting this season, proving that he is extra motivated when playing his ex-teammates.
2015 Week 13 vs NYG (13 / 12 / 131 / 1 rec)
Simply put, Brandon Marshall dominated Prince Amukamara, and the entire Giants' secondary for the duration of the game. Marshall started his afternoon with a highlight reel, shoe-string catch for a 21-yard gain. Marshall was relatively quiet for the remainder of the first half, but ended the half with a shoving match with Giants' defensive tackle, Cullen Jenkins. Tempers ran high at the team headed into the locker, but Marshall re-emerged from halftime to dominate the second half and into overtime. In the second half, and in overtime, Marshall caught eight passes for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Marshall's touchdown occurred with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter--and tied the game at 20. Marshall used his massive 6'5" frame to highpoint and secure the catch. After the game, Marshall compared himself and Fitzpatrick's connection to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. There's no doubt that both combinations complemented each other well.
2015 Week 14 vs TEN (10 / 6 / 125 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall turned in a solid performance, but his final stat line was a little inflated. During the second quarter, Tennessee's secondary forgot to cover Marshall and he caught a screen and rumbled for a 69-yard touchdown. Credit Marshall for his speed after the catch, but the majority of defense will attempt to cover him. Outside of his 69-yard catch and run, Marshall ran intermediate routes and used his size to bully smaller defenders. Marshall was instrumental on third downs. With the game virtually over by halftime, Marshall caught two passes during the second half, but was primarily a spectator.
2015 Week 15 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall locked horns with Brandon Carr for the majority of the game---a show down that Carr won for the majority of the game. Carr shut Marshall for nearly three frame, but Marshall got loose and made his mark during the fourth quarter. During New York's first fourth quarter drive, Marshall ran a skinny post and made an impressive catch in traffic for a 20-yard gain. This play set-up Decker's 3-yard touchdown catch. During the third quarter, Marshall went to the locker room and received an IV. Luckily, Marshall did not miss many plays and helped lead New York's fourth quarter scoring drives.
2015 Week 16 vs NE (10 / 8 / 115 / 2 rec)
One little known story line entering this pivotal match-up was Brandon Marshall's disastrous performance against New England in Week 7. Marshall atoned for his porous Week 7 outing by turning in his best performance to date. From purely a statistical standpoint, Marshall has had bigger performances, but he stepped up and made plays when his team needed them. Marshall also broke Al Toon's single-season catch record (99 catches) while securing his sixth 100-catch season. Marshall also hauled in his league-leading 13th touchdown reception during the third quarter. Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up for a 33-yard pitch-and-catch on a deep side route to give New York a 17-3 advantage. With Malcom Butler focused on Eric Decker for the majority of the game, Marshall did not have any problem beating New England's corners. Marshall's big performance positioned his team for its first playoff appearance since 2011--and more importantly--Marshall's first playoff game.
2015 Week 17 vs BUF (16 / 8 / 126 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall finished his 2015 campaign with another big performance against Buffalo's suspect secondary. When Fitzpatrick needed to make a big play, Marshall was targeted and more times than not, Marshall came through with a big play. Early in the second quarter, Fitzpatrick and Marshall hooked up for a 17-yard pitch and catch on a corner route. It's a scoring play that we've seen week-after-week that defenses simply don't have an answer for. Overall, Fitzpatrick struggled throughout the game and had several chances to find Marshall for big plays, but the throws were simply off target. After being discarded by Chicago, Marshall had a career year and will look to build upon it in 2016.
2014 Week 1 vs BUF (12 / 8 / 71 / 1 rec)
To the surprise of very few, Marshall once again was Cutler's favorite target. Marshall finished with eight catches for 71 yards with one touchdown and one costly fumble. Marshall was the same Marshall we've all come to love. And as long as he's in the lineup, Cutler is going to find him. It's a certainty, like death and taxes. While timing between Cutler and Marshall had been suspect during the preseason, it did not at all appear to be an issue against the Bills. There were no miscommunications, no bad routes run, no high throws -- the pair had it going. That was until Marshall suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter; an injury only caused two or three of the four plays he missed on the day. The injury is not something that needs to be worried about, though. Marshall is a beast of a receiver, and he's takes great care of his body. He'll be 100 percent come Sunday night against the 49ers.
2014 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 5 / 48 / 3 rec)
Marshall stole the show Sunday night in the Bears' comeback win over the 49ers. The Bears' No. 1 target entered the game with an ankle injury that was serious enough that he almost didn't play. But Marshall didn't let an injured ankle stop him. He finished the game with five catches on eight targets for 48 yards and three touchdowns. Three very large touchdowns. Despite being limited in the speed department, Marshall did a great job of using the healthy parts of his body to make plays. He played physical football, blocking out defenders in the end zone as he made plays for the ball. Marshall had very little success in the first half (one TD came in the first, two in the second half). The Bears' game plan hadn't adjusted to the fact that Marshall wasn't able to do what he normally does when healthy. Cutler came out in the third quarter and made a point to put Marshall in positions to succeed. He threw the ball up instead of deep. Marshall's first touchdown, the ridiculous one-handed catch he made, was on a throw that was in a place where the defender couldn't reach it. As long as Cutler and Marshall still are best buddies, it's safe to count on a steady dose of targets, touches and touchdowns from Marshall.
2014 Week 3 vs NYJ (6 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jay Cutler's favorite target is hurting, and he'll likely be hurting for a few more weeks. The ankle sprain Marshall suffered Week 1 against Buffalo hasn't healed and appears to be getting worse. Marshall played the hero in the Bears' Week 2 win over the San Francisco 49ers, catching three touchdown passes. Then he was nowhere to be found in Monday night's win over the New York Jets. Marshall caught only one pass for six yards on six targets against the Jets. The Bears previously hadn't won a game in which Marshall had fewer than four receptions. Coach Marc Trestman has done a splendid job of re-routing the Bears' offense through Martellus Bennett while Marshall has been trying to heal. It's likely going to stay this way for the next couple of weeks. The Bears need Marshall down the stretch, not in Week 4. Don't expect much next week against Green Bay.
2014 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Despite finding the end zone, Marshall largely struggled against the Packers. The Bears' top wideout still was hampered by the ankle injury he suffered in Week 1 and then re-injured last week. Cutler targeted his best buddy six times, completing just two passes for 19 yards. Marshall's six targets were tied with Matt Forte for third most on the team, behind Bennett, Jeffery. The day could have gone a bit differently. In the third quarter, Cutler and Marshall had a miscommunication for the ages. Cutler dropped back and Marshall elected to run his route down the field instead of curling at the 18-yard mark, as coach Marc Trestman said Marshall was supposed to do. Cutler delivered the ball to a wide-open Sam Shields in the Packers' secondary, nary a Bears receiver in sight. Marshall bypassed the media after the game for the second straight week, so we couldn't get his side of what happened on the interception. Regardless, Marshall has been somewhat of a mess the past few weeks. He's been battling the ankle injury; he did that weird press conference. Now he's not talking to the media, something Brandon loves to do. This matters because Marshall is an emotional guy who sometimes gets distracted by all the noise that surrounds him. The odds are Marshall's injury will nag at him for the rest of the season, unless he shuts it down for a week or two.
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.
2014 Week 8 vs NE (10 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Oh, Brandon. Where have you gone? Marshall was pretty quiet in the Bears' blowout loss at the hands of the Patriots. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner played a very physical game against Marshall, and the receiver didn't appear to have it in him to step up. Marshall caught just three passes for 35 yards on 10 targets. Bears general manager Phil Emery suggested Monday that Marshall might not be 100 percent due to an ankle injury he suffered early in the season. That's somewhat hard to believe, though, as Marshall has insisted he's healthy. Nonetheless, Marshall hasn't looked like the same receiver. He hasn't been able to create separation on his routes, and he's losing battles for the ball; battles he usually wins, too. Last week, after the Bears' loss to Miami, Marshall reportedly was crying out to Jay Cutler to throw him the football more. Marshall wanted to be a bigger part of the offense. Well, Marshall's 10 targets Sunday led the team, yet he caught just 30 percent of the balls Cutler fired his way. A one-game catch-rate of 30 percent for a so-called No. 1 receiver is unacceptable. His regular season catch-rate isn't much better, either. Marshall has hauled in just 51.5 percent of his passes this season, which ranks fourth on the Bears. There's reason to be concerned with Marshall's production. Here's to hoping Marshall uses the bye to recharge his batteries, maybe get some power and lift back into those legs.
2014 Week 10 vs GB (10 / 8 / 112 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall was one of the few Bears who didn't quit Sunday night after the game got out of hand by the start of the second quarter. He looked to be as strong as he's been all season. Marshall finished the game with eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. The performance was his best since the Bears' Week 6 win over the Atlanta Falcons, when both Marshall and Alshon Jeffery went over 100 yards on the day. The touchdown was Marshall's first since the last time he faced the Packers, back in Week 4. What made Marshall's box score most impressive was the 70 yards after catch he recorded. In the eight previous games, Marshall had only 111 total yards after catch. Unfortunately, Marshall's resurgent performance was halted in the fourth quarter by an ankle injury. How the injury will affect him moving forward is not yet known. Be on the lookout for updates.
2014 Week 11 vs MIN (10 / 7 / 90 / 2 rec)
Against the Vikings, Brandon Marshall once again showed everyone why he's one of the NFL's best receivers. Marshall entered the game with an ankle injury, and he left with seven catches on 10 targets for 90 yards and two touchdowns. The best moment of Marshall's day came early in the fourth quarter, when he was the outside receiver on the right side, waved his hands before the snap, signaling he had single coverage. Cutler took the snap, read left and saw nothing; he then turned right and fired a high back-shoulder throw to Marshall, who made a great hands-catch over the defender for the touchdown. After a couple of rough outings, Cutler and Marshall looked to be in lockstep with one another. Marshall has gone his entire nine-year career without making it to the postseason. If the Bears lose another game, you can bet that his playoff drought will be upped to 10 years. What that means is you can expect everything Marshall has for each of the next six games.
2014 Week 12 vs TB (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall might as well not even have been on the field Sunday against Tampa Bay. The Bears' receiver caught only three passes on five targets for 32 yards. It was a very uninspiring effort from Marshall, who never looked to be in the game, mentally. Coming off back-to-back games in which Marshall caught 15 total passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns, one has to wonder if the receiver's ankle injury reared its head at some point Sunday. Whatever the case, Marshall doesn't have much time to get his head back in the game, as the Bears take the field Thursday morning against the Lions.
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.
2013 Week 1 vs CIN (10 / 8 / 104 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a 'typical' day for the Bears, coming up with big catches and finishing the game with a game winning TD reception late in the 4th quarter. Cutler still favors Marshall, and he looked to him in key passing situations. In the first quarter, facing 3rd and 17, Cutler found Marshall up the right hash mark, threading the needle between the defenders and giving Marshall a chance to make the catch and fight forward for the first down. Later in the quarter on 3rd and 9, Cutler hit Marshall on a deep slant for a big 13 yard gain and another first down. Through the middle of the game though, Marshall was pretty quiet. He was well defended, and the Bengals were focused on taking him out of the action. But when the chips were down in the 4th quarter, Marshall came up big on the game winning drive. On 3rd adn 3, Marshall broke down the sideline and used a nice move to get beyond his man. As the safety moved over to provide support, Cutler threw a perfect pass between the defenders that hit Marshall in stride and he blew it up into a 38 yard gain. A few minutes later, with the Bears in the Bengal Red zone, Cutler again targeted Marshall on a deep curl route. He sprinted to the end zone, turned around and basically out-positioned the defender for the game winning touchdown catch. The defender was right on him on the play, but Marshall used his body perfectly to make the grab and held onto the ball as he was taken down for the tackle in the end zone. It was another classic Cutler to Marshall moment that put the Bengals away for good.
2013 Week 2 vs MIN (10 / 7 / 113 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall continues to be the key pass catcher for Jay Cutler. While he isn't being targeted on 60 percent of the passes like he was last season, with guys like Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery drawing defensive attention, Marshall is finding a lot of single coverage. On his touchdown reception, he actually started out in the slot, and as he fought to the outside, the safety couldn't provide support because he was focused on Alshon Jeffery coming from the outside over the middle. Marshall got into the open field and Cutler laid it out to him. On Cutler's interception that he threw toward Marshall, Brandon had actually gotten open for a bit. But Cutler didn't see the safety trying to come over and was able to get there and make the play.
2013 Week 3 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a quiet game for the Bears. In the first quarter, he had a short come-back catch for nine yards, and was stuffed for a big four yard loss on a quick screen to him later in the period. He was barely involved in the second and third quarter, but came up big in the 4th on 3rd and 12 from the Chicago 37. On the play, Cutler launched a perfect back-shoulder thrown to Marshall as he was breaking down the left side of the field. Marshall shielded the ball with his body and made a great leaping catch for a big 41 yard gain - Chicago's longest pass of the day. It set up the 17 yard TD strike to Earl Bennett three plays later and crushed any hope of the Steelers getting back into the game.
2013 Week 4 vs DET (14 / 7 / 79 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a quiet first half, finishing with just two short receptions for a total of 15 yards. He was targeted on several other passes of short or medium length, but the Lions were covering Marshall like a blanket and were determined to take him out of the game. Although he was a key blocker on the two runs in the second quarter by Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, he finished the quarter with just a two yard catch. On the second drive of the second half, Marshall opened the drive with a 24 yard catch over the middle. Cutler was in trouble and was scrambling and threw the ball deep down the middle. The ball was high and Marshall took a shot when he went up to get it, but he still came down with the ball. In the 4th quarter, when the Bears were trying to get back into the game, Marshall came up with a few medium come-back and crossing routes to pad his stats, but the Lions were clearly just keeping Marshall from breaking a big play and he was tackled almost immediately after the catch. He added a two point conversion catch after the Earl Bennett touchdown catch, but ultimately Marshall had a quiet day.
2013 Week 5 vs NO (5 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a quiet day for the Bears against New Orleans. He was double-teamed for most of the game, and Jay Cutler targeted Alshon Jeffery instead of Marshall on a lot of passing plays. In addition to that, the general lack of offensive plays in the second half severely limited how effective Marshall was from a fantasy prospective. In the first half, Marshall finished with just two catches on three targets, both short passes for a total of 16 yards. Marshall was completely blanked in the third quarter, but managed to save his fantasy day with two receptions in the fourth quarter, including a nice two yard touchdown when the Bears were trying to get back into the game. His longest reception came on the first play of the 4th quarter, where Marshall ran a route to the inside, then cut back to the outside as Jay Cutler dumped the ball to his outside shoulder. Marshall had a nice 12 yard catch and run on the play, but it turned out to be his longest play of the day.
2013 Week 6 vs NYG (11 / 9 / 87 / 2 rec)
Brandon Marshall spent part of the short week, complaining about how he wasn't more involved in the offense when the Bears lost to the Saints two weeks ago. This week, he was a key focal point from the opening snap. On the opening play from scrimmage, Jay Cutler was looking to get the ball to Marshall but he was double covered and Cutler had to scramble for a short two yard gain. On the second play, he faked a quick throw to Marahall before handing the ball off to Matt Forte. On 4th and 2, rather than kick the field goal, the Bears decided to go for it. Marshall ran a scrape route across the back of the defensive line and Cutler had to hold the ball a long time. He looked tentative as he tossed the ball to Marshall and it was a bit behind him. Marshall got a hand on it but couldn't' come up with the reception and the drive died just in front of the goal line. On the next series, Cutler executed a play action to Matt Forte and went deep down the left side of the field to Marshall. The ball sailed a bit, but Marshall was able to out-jump the defender and made the catch for a big 20 yard gain. A few plays later, Cutler hit Marshall on a quick slant where Marshall has two guys on him but he drags them for a 12 yard gain. Two plays into the second quarter on 3rd and 9, Marshall ran a route straight up the right hash mark, then cut to the middle of the field. Cutler put the ball on him perfectly and Marshall was able to take it into the end zone for a touchdown. The next time the Bears had the ball, they drove down to the New York three yard line. On first and goal, Marshall was working one on one, ran into the end zone and quickly turned around. Cutler places the ball perfectly and Marshall just out-muscled his defender and made the catch for his second touchdown of the game. He finished the first half with six receptions for 65 yards and a two TDS. On the opening play of the third quarter, Cutler rolled out left as the line swept right for a simulated run. Cutler had Martellus Bennett short but went to Marshall a bit deeper for a nice 15 yard gain to kick off the second half. It was Marshall's only catch in the third quarter. In the 4th, he had just two catches include a quick screen that was stuffed by the defense for a one yard loss but Marshall finished the day with his highest fantasy totals of the season.
2013 Week 7 vs WAS (10 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a very quiet day, because DeAngelo Hall was covering him like a blanket for most of the game. Jay Cutler completed just three passes in the first quarter and all were to Marshall for short or medium gains. In the second quarter, Marshall only had one target and didn't' even have a catch. But he opened the third quarter with a nice 14 yard square in to give the Bears a first down. At that point, he was still the only Bear to have a reception. His biggest play of the game came in the 4th quarter - a 28 yard catch and run with under seven minutes to play. Marshall ran a quick square in and McCown hit him in stride. Marshall had great separation from the defender and tore up field for a huge gain. He ended that drive with an end-zone target that was knocked down and Brandon Meriweather nearly knocked him out when he launched himself at Marshall as he was coming down. Marshall took the next playoff and Martellus Bennett scored Chicago's final TD of the game.
2013 Week 9 vs GB (13 / 7 / 107 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall got involved in the offense early and often for the Bears, catching three of his first for targets on the opening drive of the game, including a touchdown. On the play, the Packers came with a hard blitz, but the offensive line held up. Marshall was working one on one down the right side of the field, and after Josh McCown avoided the sack, he lofted a pass into the right corner. Marshall turned around and out-jumped the defender, making a great catch and giving the Bears an early lead. On the final drive of the 1st half, with Chicago backed up to their one yard line, Marshall came up with a big catch down the right side of the field for 15 yards and gave Chicago some breathing room. He also came up with a nice 14 yard reception after the two minute warning to put the Bears deep into Green Bay territory. It allows the Bears to run out the quarter and finish with a field goal. In the second half, the Packers paid more attention to Marshall, and it allowed other guys like Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte to put the game away. Marshall continued to contribute though with great down-field blocking, giving Forte extra yards every time he ran the ball to Marshall's side of the field. His biggest catch might have come in the 4th quarter though. With Chicago clinging to a four point lead, the Bears were looking to grind out the clock. On 3rd and 6 from their own 39, Marshall ran a short square in as Josh McCown threw the ball low and had over the middle. Marshall made a nice sliding catch for 11 yards, keeping the drive going and extending the drive that eventually led to a field goal and the Bears running out the clock.
2013 Week 10 vs DET (12 / 7 / 139 / 2 rec)
Brandon Marshall got involved early and often in this game. On the opening drive, he pulled in three consecutive receptions, of 17, 12 and 32 yards. The biggest of which was the 32 yard touchdown strike where Jay Cutler had plenty of time to throw the ball, and it allowed Marshall to work the left sideline deep before breaking to the middle of the field where Cutler found him with a perfect strike. It put the Bears up 7-0 right out of the gate and sent a message that Jay Cutler was healthy and that the Bears had come to play. However, the defense quickly moved to neutralize Marshall, and he only had one target the rest of the first half. On the opening drive of the third quarter, Marshall was targeted twice, but only was able to come up with one reception - a nine yard slant on second and long. He was targeted on the next play, but Cutler expected him to run a slant over the middle and Marshall ran a post toward the sideline and the ball fell incomplete. On the next series, Cutler executed a perfect play action and went deep down the middle of the field to Marshall. He ran a deep crossing route and was wide open for a big 44 yard gain. It was the biggest play of the day for Chicago. Martial had two catches on the final drive of the game for Chicago - the biggest being the 11 yard touchdown catch that gave Chicago the opportunity to tie the game. On the play, Josh McCown lined up in a shotgun, but had to step up due to the intense pressure from the Detroit rush. Seeing Marshall in the end zone, McCown cranked the ball high and hard, and Marshall was able to go up and make the catch for the touchdown.
2013 Week 11 vs BAL (10 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall was well defended by the Ravens in this game, and thought Josh McCown targeted him 10 times, he was only able to come up with four receptions on the day. The first was a quick pass on the opening play of the game, but Marshall was immediately tackled for no gain. McCown also targeted him with the first play after the 2 hour rain delay, but the ball was thrown a bit behind Marshall and he slipped on the wet field as he tried to reach back for the catch. In the second, Marshall had a nice sideline grab on 3rd and 3, where he was able to make the catch before being forced out of bounds for gain of 13. He had a nice 13 yard crossing route catch just before half time and McCown also targeted him on the second to last play of the half in the end zone. Marshall made the catch but the defender shoved him in mid-air, and Marshall was only able to get one foot down before going out of bounds. The Bears had to settle for a field goal. With no pass attempts in the third quarter, Marshall's only other catch came early in the 4th - a nice square out where he was able to keep his toes in bounds and make a catch for 16. It was his biggest play of the day.
2013 Week 12 vs STL (12 / 10 / 117 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall finished the game as Chicago's leading receiver, and he came up big every time the Bears needed him. Except maybe in the second quarter when Josh McCown threw a jump ball to him on 3rd and 22, but the defender out played Marshall and it was intercepted. Fortunately there was a holding penalty and the Bears retained the ball. McCown hit Marshall a couple plays later on a beautiful play on 3rd and 2. McCown was flushed out of the pocket and rolled to his right. Marshall was down the field, and broke to a small gap between three defenders. McCown flipped him the ball and Marshall managed to make the catch in bounds for a big first down and an 11 yard gain. A few plays later, the Bears had second and goal from the 3 and Marshall was working one on one on the left side. He cut across the goal line toward the middle of the field, stopped and reversed direction, breaking back to the pylon. The defender was unable to recover quickly and McCown hit Marshall on the outside where he was able to come up with the touchdown catch. In the third quarter, Marshall had four receptions on five targets, the last of which he just flat dropped when McCown hit him in the hands. Two of those receptions came near the end of the third quarter, and both were for 20 yards or more. The first was a deep crossing route where Marshall went up over the defenders and made a big catch. After an illegal procedure penalty, McCown was flushed out of the pocket and saw Marshall breaking over the middle. He directed him to an open spot and hit him in stride. Marshall cut back after making the batch and danced his way to a big 23 yard gain. Unfortunately the drive stalled and the Bears came away with nothing. Early in the 4th quarter, McCown hit Marshall on a quick swing pass and Marshall took advantage of some great down field blocking by Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery to bang out a 12 yard gain. However, that was Marshall's last catch until late in the game when McCown hit him on a 12 yard square in as time was winding down. McCown threw an interception on the next play, ending the game.
2013 Week 13 vs MIN (9 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall was targeted by Minnesota as they guy that they wanted to contain, and he faced double coverage for most of the game. It freed up Alshon Jeffery to break his own franchise receiving record, but it meant that Marshall finished with very pedestrian numbers in this game. Had the game not gone to overtime, Marshall would barely have broken 30 receiving yards. Two of his receptions came in the first quarter - a short slant on the second series of the game where he was able to muscle his way for a 10 yard gain and the first down. The next series, he was targeted on a quick dump pass on 2nd and five, and he was able to power his way ahead for six yards and the first down. Josh McCown found Marshall working one on one on the next play, and lofted a pass deep to him. However, Marshall was well covered and the ball was knocked away, incomplete. On the opening drive of the second quarter, the Vikings decided to call a blitz, and Marshall faced single coverage on his short crossing route. Josh McCown dumped the ball to him in stride, and he was able to power up field for a big 15 yard gain. Marshall was targeted a couple more times in the game, but neither pass was well thrown. Marshall's only other catch came in overtime - a big 14 yard come-back on the second play of the extra period. He was targeted once more in the period, but it was on a short pass and McCown was hit as he threw it. The pass had no zip and it was easily knocked away, incomplete.
2013 Week 14 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 100 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a quiet game by his standards, doing most of his damage in the second quarter and then providing great down field blocking as the Bears ground out the clock. On Chicago's only drive of the first quarter, Marshall had a 14 yard square in after the Bears were flagged for a false start. It wasn't deep enough for the first down, but it allowed Matt Forte to convert it on the next play. In the second quarter, Marshall really hammered the Cowboys. His first catch came a little over a minute into the quarter and it was a big 20 yard post over the middle. Three plays later on 3rd and 14, Josh McCown rolled out to avoid the pressure and found Marshall in stride with him. He flipped the ball to Marshall who made the catch, got the first down and went out of bounds after a 15 yard gain. Two plays later, McCown was under pressure and scrambled left to take off. Brandon Marshall came in and threw a nasty block, spring McCown for a big 10 yard gain. Marshall had two more catches in the quarter. The first was a 10 yard hook route on 3rd and 2 on the drive that led to a Robbie Gould field goal. With time winding down on the next drive, McCown found Marshall on a deep curl down the left side for a gain of 19. It set up the jump-ball TD pass to Alshon Jeffery just before the half. In the third quarter, Marshall was the target of a couple passes, but the ball was poorly thrown and Dallas should have intercepted both of them. However, in both cases, the defender dropped the ball and the Bears continued to keep their drive moving. Marshall's only catch was on a two point conversion after Matt Forte's touchdown. Marshall's only catch in the 4th quarter was a deep pass down the left hashmark. Marshall went up big over the defender, making a great catch for 22 yards. It set up Michael Bush's touchdown and gave Marshall exactly 100 receiving yards for the day.
2013 Week 15 vs CLE (13 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)
With Jay Cutler back under center, Brandon Marshall returned to being the center of attention. It was clear that Cutler looked to Marshall early and often, and really didn't focus on Alshon Jeffery until late in the game. Cutler threw eight passes in the first quarter of the game, and four of them came Marshall's way, including the interception in the end zone that killed the first drive. Cutler had found Marshall on a 15 yard square in the play before, but when he tried to hit Marshall in the end zone, the defender jumped the route, tipped the ball and it was picked off. Marshall caught two more passes on the next drive, including another 18 yard square in where Cutler had to slide the pocket to avoid the rush and Marshall was wide open down the middle of the field. In the second quarter, Cutler's accuracy seemed to take a hit, and on several of the pass attempts that came Marshall's way, the ball was thrown too high or sailed in the air. With 8:15 left in the quarter, the ball was too high, but Marshall was able to get a hand on it. He tipped it up and it was intercepted again, but this time it was returned for a Cleveland touchdown. However, with under two minutes to go in the half, Cutler and Marshall hooked up a couple times. The first was a bomb down the right side of the field - where Marshall was held, but still was able to out-jump the smaller defender and come down with the ball. He stiff-armed the defender, driving him back and powered his way up field for another eight yards, making it a 41 yard gain in total. Two plays later, Cutler hit Marshall on a short out route, where he broke like he was going to cut across the middle of the end zone, then wheeled around and ran toward the front pylon on the right. Cutler put the ball on him and although it wasn't a particularly good throw, Marshall came up with it for the touchdown. Marshall had a quiet second half, with only one reception for just six yards but he still finished as Chicago's top receiver for the game.
2013 Week 16 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
Marshall was covered like a blanket for most of the day, facing aggressive man to man coverage or double-teams when the Eagles had a big lead and they were protecting it. Jay Cutler tried to force the ball into him several times, but the Eagles were usually there to break up the pass or slow up Marshall enough to where he couldn't make the play. His first catch of the game was the first Chicago first down - a 15 yard square in. It was his only catch of the first half. In the second half, he had just three short receptions, including a six yard touchdown catch that was a nice play despite the fact that Chicago was losing 33-3 at the time. Marshall took off from the six yard line, ran down to the end zone and turned around. Cutler put the ball in the air before Marshall even turned, and the timing of the pass was perfect. Marshall was pulled from the game mid-way through the 4th quarter when the game was out of reach.
2013 Week 17 vs GB (10 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec)
Marshall was well covered for most of the game, but had a couple key plays that came up big for the Bears. After the Bears stopped the Packers with a key interception in the end zone, Marshall kicked off the following drive by dropping the first pass thrown his way. Undaunted, Jay Cutler came back to him again on a crossing route and Marshall hauled in the pass for a 13 yard gain. Three plays later Cutler found Marshall working one on one down the left side of the field. Marshall out-jumped Sam Shields and came down with the perfect reception for a big 37 yard gain. Three plays later, Matt Forte scored the first points of the game. Marshall had a couple passes thrown his way, but his best reception came on the first play of the 4th quarter. The Bears faced 3rd and goal from Green Bay's 5 yard line. The Packers blitzed and Cutler basically lofted the ball toward the corner of the end zone. Marshall turned to see the ball, then turned again and dove out, looking back after he was in the air, making a great catch and putting the Bears up by 8. Marshall had one catch on the next drive - a short dump for just seven yards.
2012 Week 1 vs IND (15 / 9 / 119 / 1 rec)
Marshall's first official game for the Bears was exactly what you would expect. Cutler looked to him early and often, and Marshall's 'my ball' mentality created several great receptions for the highlight reel. When Cutler was looking for a big play, Marshall was the guy that he went to, even in some cases when Marshall was triple covered; Cutler would rifle the ball into him. Fantasy owners will also note that any time Marshall lined up one on one in the red zone, Cutler threw him the ball. Twice he drew pass interference penalties in the end zone which led to the two rushing TDS for Michael Bush. The other was a basic stick route, where Marshall had great position on the receiver and hauled in the TD.
2012 Week 2 vs GB (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Marshall was double teamed the entire game, and between the few chances for him to get open, and the constant pressure that Jay Cutler was facing, Marshall wasn't even targeted until the opening drive of the third quarter. It was a rare play where Cutler actually had time to throw the ball, and Marshall ran a deep corner route and one of the defenders fell down. Marshall was open and the ball was a little off target, but it hit him in the hands in the end zone. He just dropped it. His next target came in the fourth quarter, but the pass was well underthrown and the defense was able to come down with the interception. It was Cutler's third of the game. Down 23-3 with under eight minutes to go, Cutler targeted Marshall on back to back plays. The first was a simple sideline route where Marshall made the catch for his first gain of the day. It was for only 10 yards. The next play was a fade to Marshall in the end zone, but again the ball was underthrown and it fell incomplete. Marshall's final catch was in garbage time - a crossing route for 14 yards where Marshall was able to make the catch and get out of bounds on 3rd and 19. Cutler threw his final interception of the day on the next play.
2012 Week 3 vs STL (11 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Marshall was involved in the office from the opening gun, and it looked like he was poised to have another big day. Marshall was targeted three times on the opening drive, and he even made a great one-handed catch on one of them, but he still only had 12 yards receiving on that drive. On the next series, Marshall was only targeted one time - and the ball was deflected and Cortland Finnegan came down with the interception. Marshall was heavily involved on the drive that ended in Bush's TD run as well. He was the target of the 3rd and 8 pass that drew the roughing the passer penalty that extended the drive, and he had two nice catches for 25 yards total. On the one, it was a designed roll-out and Cutler made a nice play, directing Marshall to the open field and Cutler threw across his body for the 13 yard gain. The second catch was a quick slant that brought the Bears down to 1st and goal, setting up the TD run from Michael Bush. In the 4th when the Bears were at the goal line again, Cutler targeted Marshall on a quick slant, but he was thrown down hard after the ball arrived and he couldn't hang on. The Bears had to settle for a field goal. Cutler's final pass of the game was basically a jump ball to Marshall, working one on one against Cortland Finnegan. It was the biggest play of the game for both teams, and Marshall showed good concentration to come down with the pass. He finished the day with just five receptions, but he drew a lot of the defensive coverage that allowed Alshon Jeffery to get involved in the offense as well.
2012 Week 4 vs DAL (8 / 7 / 138 / 1 rec)
Marshall was the big play receiver of the day, coming up with seven of the eight passes that were thrown his way. Marshall displayed that classic 'my ball' mentality, battling the big, physical corners of the Cowboys, and coming up with clutch receptions every time. Each of his seven receptions were for more than 10 yards, and he had four plays of 18 yards or more. The Bears worked him out of the slot more in this game, and he was able to find those soft spots in the defense, and turn short catches into big plays. On his TD reception late in the game, Marshall broke over the middle of the field and his defender was blocked by another player. Marshall was wide open, and took the short dump over the middle straight up the field for an easy 31 yard score. On the opening drive of the 4th quarter, Marshall just out muscled Carr on an all out Cowboy blitz where Cutler just threw it up and Marshall came down with it. He continued to battle as Carr tried to rip it away, and turned the play into a big 30 yard gain. It was exactly what the Bears needed from their top pass catcher.
2012 Week 5 vs JAX (17 / 12 / 144 / 1 rec)
'Brandon Marshall over the middle for (8-12) yards.' That's a sound that Bears fans will be hearing over and over again this season. The Bears have finally figured out how to get Marshall more involved in the offense - move him inside. As often as Marshall lined up on the outside, the Bears moved him into the slot as well, and he frequently ran over the middle of the field on slants and square in passes to catch the ball. Marshall was targeted 17 times in this game, making 12 receptions - more than half of Cutler's 23 completions. However, eight of them were for 12 yards or less. His longest catch of the first half was a medium come-back route with under a minute to go. However, the defender fell down and Marshall was able to pick his way forward for a big 15 yard gain. In the second half though, he started to get a little deeper. He had an 18 yard square in on the opening drive of the second half, and added five more receptions on the drive. As the game got farther and farther out of hand, the Jaguars became more desperate, blitzing more and trying to make things happen. At that point, Marshall saw more one on one coverage and his final two receptions were a 21 yard catch and run, and the big 24 yard TD reception where he beat his man to the end zone when the Safeties tried to cheat up and apply pressure.
2012 Week 7 vs DET (10 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec)
'Brandon Marshall continues to be the 'go to' receiving option for Jay Cutler, especially with Alshon Jeffery out of the lineup. Marshall wasn't targeted 17 times like he was two weeks ago against Jacksonville, but Cutler still looked to him whenever he wanted a big play. Marshall's first pass was his best of the day - a seven yard roll out where he and Cutler were rolling to the right side of the field. When Cutler saw an opening, he directed Marshall to break and when he did, Cutler flipped him the ball for an easy touchdown. It was Chicago's only TD of the game. Later in the quarter, Marshall was targeted on a deep ball down the middle of the field - he might have had a chance to come up with it, but the ball was too far overthrown and fell incomplete. Early in the second quarter, Cutler went to Marshall on a quick hit - where Marshall caught the ball in stride and split the defenders for a big 18 yard first down on 3rd and 11. Two plays later, Marshall ran an inside-out route and Cutler rolled to that side of the field - hitting him in stride for an 11 yard gain. However, the defender could only grab Marshall around the neck, and was flagged 15 yards for a horse collar tackle at the end of the play. Two plays later, Cutler found Marshall on a sideline route again. Marshall slid to make the catch, but got up before he was touched and ran for another 5 yards, making it a 20 yard gain and another first down. Marshall accounted for 49 yards receiving on that drive and another 15 yards for the penalty, but the drive ended when Robbie Gould was blocked for the first time this season. In the third, with first and goal from the three yard line, Cutler targeted Marshall twice with quick passes but one was underthrown and the other was knocked down by the linebacker. The Drive stalled and the Bears settled for another field goal. In the 4th, Marshall motioned from the outside to line up in the backfield. However, it was a decoy and Cutler threw the ball to Hester on an eight yard slant. On the next play though, Cutler targeted Marshall down the left side of the field - he went up to get the ball on a great catch for a big 16 yard play to close out his day. Cutler targeted Marshall one more time on the next series - when Marshall drew single coverage from the line. Cutler called an audible and targeted Marshall on a go route down the sideline. But Marshall hesitated just a little, perhaps looking to break back toward the quarterback and by the time he adjusted again, the ball was just out of his reach. It would have been a great catch if he made it, but the hesitation prevented him from getting there in time.
2012 Week 8 vs CAR (14 / 9 / 98 / 0 rec)
Cutler and Marshall continue to get better and better each game, and while Marshall didn't score a touchdown, he still had a fantastic Sunday, making some tremendous catches. For all the grief he has received about his hands and drops, he can make some incredible grabs, like one for a first down towards the end of the first quarter. Marshall runs a short post route; with defensive back Josh Norman playing off about ten yards. Marshall is up to full speed by the time he reaches Norman and has inside position. Cutler throws a strike and the ball just stops in Marshall's hands--as if it just stuck to them. Marshall worked mostly short, though he was targeted on a deep ball early, which unfortunately was intercepted. On the play, Marshall ran a 'Go' route and had a step on the coverage (actually several steps on a few guys) but Cutler underthrew him. Marshall couldn't adjust quick enough and Panthers defensive back Josh Norman leapt up and made the interception. Marshall was targeted early and often by Cutler and while he didn't get into the end zone, he was integral on the last two drives which led to Bears scores. On the drive which ended with a Kellen Davis touchdown (pulling the Bears to within one score), Marshall went on a shorter crossing route as everyone else ran a vertical route. Marshall made a very good leaping catch on a ball thrown a bit high by Cutler, and turned upfield enough to get a first down. It was the first third down the Bears had converted all game, extended a critical drive for the offense and put the Bears within field goal range. Marshall steps up when Cutler needs him most and did it again in this game.
2012 Week 9 vs TEN (10 / 9 / 122 / 3 rec)
Marshall burnt the Titans as many ways as a WR can. He ran fade routes, he beat the Titans on jump balls in the endzone, he caught screen passes and was practically unguardable. The Bears would have beat the Titans by 20 without Marshall. But his spectacular day kept the Titans from doing anything. Marshall ran right by two Titans for his 2nd TD, and you will notice that he was very physical, using his hands to push Titans just enough to get open. Great WR's know how to use their hands just enough to avoid getting the call. Right now his chemistry with Cutler is as good as any combo in all of football.
2012 Week 10 vs HOU (13 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec)
'Brandon Marshall continued to be the only real receiving option for the Bears in this game. Six other Chicago players had at least one reception, but none of them had more than 10 yards of total offense. Earl Bennett came the closest with one catch for nine yards. His first catch was at the end of the 1st quarter - a pass that Cutler threw off his back foot, but Marshall was able to adjust to and make a nice one-handed grab for 14 yards. In the second quarter, Cutler found Marshall in the end zone on a deep bomb from the Houston 33. Unfortunately the weather conditions were too much and Marshall dropped the TD pass that would have put Chicago up early in the game. Marshall only had one short reception before half-time, but caught fire early in the second half. On the opening drive, he put on a great double move and Jason Campbell hit him on a perfectly timed throw for a big 18 yard gain. Several plays later on 3rd an 10, Campbell checked down to Marshall on a crossing route, and Marshall was able to shake one tackler but only managed to get 5 yards on the play and the Bears had to punt. Near the end of the third quarter, Campbell again looked for Marshall deep down the right side of the field. Marshall was double covered but was able to shield the defender with his body and came up with a big 45 yard reception to give Chicago 1st and goal from the 10 yard line. The Bears had to settle for a field goal though, and never got close again. Marshall added two more short passes, to finish the day with an impressive stat sheet -but the game ended poorly for the Bears overall. WR Earl Bennett Earl Bennett was targeted just twice in this game. The first was on a short curl on the second series of the game. Bennett had a nice catch and run on a roll-out from Jay Cutler for the first down. Bennett wasn't targeted again until later in the 4th quarter, and that pass was well underthrown and nearly intercepted.
2012 Week 11 vs SF (4 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)
The 49ers double and triple covered Brandon Marshall on almost every play of the game. Marshall became visibly frustrated with his situation, as well as Campbell's inability to throw accurately while under pressure. On one play late in the game, Marshall beat Tarell Brown down the sideline, but Campbell threw the ball behind the streaking Marshall, who was unable to readjust to the poor pass. Marshall's touchdown came on a readjustment to a scrambling a Campbell. Marshall ran to the right side of the end zone while in single coverage, and Campbell threw the ball high in the air. Leaping over Culliver, Marshall was able to grab the ball at the highest point and land in the end zone for a touchdown.
2012 Week 12 vs MIN (17 / 12 / 92 / 0 rec)
'Brandon Marshall does it all. Period. Slants. Curls. Crossing routes. Square ins. Square outs. Whatever is needed. The Bears needed to get the ball out quick - so Marshall made the tough catches in traffic. He spun away from defenders and turned five yard catches into eight yard gains. He made the catch in coverage - sometimes triple coverage, to keep the clock moving and the Bears grinding. And when he finished the game, he became the first Chicago Bear receiver since Marty Booker to have over 1000 yards receiving in a decision. Marshall did have his missed opportunities though. He dropped one pass where he had beaten the defenders that would have resulted in a TD reception, and while he drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone on a different play, he could have come back to his quarterback sooner because Cutler was scrambling to look for someone to help out. Marshall also missed a deep pass over the middle that skipped off of his hands into a defender's for Cutler's only turnover. Yet in the end, the Bears notched an impressive much-needed win against a division opponent and Marshall continued to dominate opposing defenses, despite everyone knowing he's going to get the ball 50% of the time or more. While Calvin Johnson is considered 'Megatron', Marshall is making his own case for being a guy who can't be stopped.
2012 Week 13 vs SEA (14 / 10 / 165 / 0 rec)
At some point, you would think that defenses would figure out that Brandon Marshall is the only guy that Jay Cutler is really throwing to. 14 of Cutler's 26 passes went to Marshall and 10 of his 17 completions helped Marshall become the first receiver in 20 games to have more than 100 yards against the Seahawks. Cutler targeted Marshall twice on the opening drive on third downs. The first was good for eight but Seattle was flagged for defensive holding. The second was a bomb down the middle of the field where Marshall just out muscled the defenders to make the catch. He fumbled the ball after a big 29 yard gain but fell on it to keep the drive alive. The Bears scored on the next play. On the next drive, Marshall was targeted four times, making 3 catches for 34 yards. He had three more targets on the third drive, resulting in two catches for 26 yards. While Marshall didn't get into the end zone, he came up big all day for the Bears. The biggest play came with just 20 seconds left in the game. After giving up a 13 play, 97 yard drive, the Bears were down by 3 with 20 seconds to go. Marshall ran a go route straight up the field and Seattle let him go unmolested. Cutler uncorked a bomb and Marshall used his body to make a great catch, turn and run up field before diving out of bounds for a big 56 yard gain to put the Bears in field goal position to tie the game. He finished the day with 165 yards receiving and almost 1200 yards for the season on 91 receptions.
2012 Week 14 vs MIN (19 / 10 / 160 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall set the franchise record for single season receptions by a receiver with 101, passing Marty Booker who set the record with 100 back in 2001. Aside from that, it was another game in which the majority of the Chicago offense went through Marshall. While the defense tried to cover him, they frequently failed and Marshall beat them with curls and slants on multiple plays throughout the game. Five of Marshall's 10 receptions were for 15 yards or more, including the 16 yard TD reception that he had from Jason Campbell with time winding down. On that play, he was working one on one against the defender, and simply ran down into the end zone, turned around and used his body to shield the defender while he made the reception for the score. His best play and the biggest play of the game for Chicago came in the second quarter though - where Cutler lofted it deep to Marshall and he simply out-jumped a double-team to come down with a big 39 yard gain. It was class Marshall, showing that 'my ball' mentality, and he continued to play as hard as he could despite the offense struggling and the team playing from behind. A few plays after the big 39 yard gain, Marshall saw that Cutler was in trouble and cut across the middle where Cutler was able to find him. Marshall spun and broke two tackles before fighting forward for a big 23 yard gain. It was all for nothing though, as it was called back for a holding penalty on J'Marcus Webb. Marshall continues to be the heart and soul of the offense, even if Jason Campbell is under center.
2012 Week 15 vs GB (7 / 6 / 56 / 1 rec)
Marshall's second catch of the game (almost a full quarter after his first) took place on a gorgeous route, where he totally juked the linebacker to find open space and make the grab. Marshall was able to take advantage early of the Packers' tendency to play too far off him and was able to get a score because of it in the second quarter. On that play, Marshall ran a short hook in the middle of the field and linebacker Brad Jones had to run up to make a play as was too deep. By the time he gets there, Marshall had the ball and then made him miss his tackle as he turned towards the end zone. Then Marshall obliterates cornerback Casey Hayward with a stiff arm, heads to the sideline and taking advantage of some great blocking by the other receivers, heads in for the score. Unfortunately, Cutler was just under pressure too often and couldn't find Marshall enough to pull the Bears back into the game.
2012 Week 16 vs ARI (14 / 6 / 68 / 1 rec)
Marshall's numbers are lower than you'd expect but the game was such a blowout that there was no need to force the ball to him and risk injury. He once again showed improved focus and the ability to dominate with his size. Marshall's touchdown was a complete breakdown of the Arizona coverage though, as he ran a short route to the corner of the end zone and was wide open for the score. Patrick Peterson was the defender on the coverage and he bit hard on a beautiful double move by Marshall and was left in the dust. Most of the rest of Marshall's day was workmanlike and quiet as once the game was well in hand, there was no point in forcing the ball to him.
2012 Week 17 vs DET (14 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
The Lions were determined to keep Brandon Marshall in check for this game and they double teamed him for the majority of it. Whenever Cutler tried to get him the ball, there was always a hand in his face or a defender to force him into making a tough grab. He finished the first quarter with just two touches for one yard. When did come up with a catch, he was tackled immediately. When the Lions pulled to within two in the 4th quarter, Cutler targeted Marshall on a deep slant route. Marshall went up and made a nice catch and again was immediately tackled. It was his biggest gain of the day for just 19 yards.
2011 Week 1 vs NE (13 / 7 / 139 / 0 rec)
He started the game with a fantastic catch up the left sideline where he positioned himself using the sideline to his advantage. He had a nice night stat wise but he also disappered for a good while in the middle of the game and caught a lot of balls towards the end as Miami was trying to catch up. You would like to see Marshall more involved int he offense but overall most owners were pleased last night.
2011 Week 2 vs HOU (11 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall proved to be a mismatch for the Texans defenders, especially after cornerback Johnathan Joseph suffered an ankle injury. Marshall had a few drops including one that would have resulted in a touchdown, and sometimes was not on the same page as Henne, stopping a route once where Henne threw deeper to him. Once Joseph left the game, Marshall abused the Texans secondary, bulling into the end zone once with a tough run after the catch. He was Henne's favorite option, throwing to him on both short and deep routes.
2011 Week 3 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
He had Joe Haden in his grill for most of the day and if you don't know who the standout from the Univ of Florida is, you will soon. Marshall was blanketed by him all day. He caught a couple balls early and his 2nd catch he found a nice soft part of the zone in the middle of the field to get Miami a first down and set them up at the 50. That drive would end with a missed field goal but his reception really moved the Phins down field quick. Right before the 1st half expired he had a red zone target in the end zone but Joe Haden got the best of the dual. Marshall caught a ball on a short crossing route in the 4th quarter and then pulled up with a cramp after the catch. That pretty much was the end of Marshall for the day and clearly Joe Haden got the best of this battle during the game.
2011 Week 4 vs SD (8 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Everything was short to Marshall. Marshall makes an excellent possession receiver, but Moore didn't even attempt to get him the ball down the field. Marshall makes his money on the outside, running out patterns and getting first downs. He was effective doing that, but wasn't able to make any big plays.
2011 Week 6 vs NYJ (13 / 6 / 109 / 0 rec)
For a guy who did a lot of boasting, Brandon Marshall had a very mediocre day. Don't let the stats fool you--Marshall was often blanketed by the Jets, especially CB Darrelle Revis. Marshall let numerous passes bounce off his hands, including at least one touchdown. He was the target of a pass which Revis returned for a touchdown. Marshall was also the victim of at least one turfmonster, as he was streaking down the sideline when he inexplicably lost his balance and fell out of bounds. Matt Moore locked into Marshall early and often which gave him opportunitybut also let the Jets know where to focus their attention. Marshall did put together good stats. He did not, however, put together a good game, much less the monster game he promised.
2011 Week 7 vs DEN (9 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)
Dropped a very easy ball early in the game. He managed to catch the majority of his targets the rest of the way. Marshall did not make any special moves, did not break a lot of tackles, really looked like a possession receiver against his old team. Marshall can use his big body ti run out patterns and even when he is not wide open he can catch those balls if they are put on the money which Moore was pretty accurate most of the day on the short targets.
2011 Week 8 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall couldn't back up his talking during the week but the game plan by the Dolphins was not geared towards the pass which hurt his production. The Dolphins ran the ball more than they threw and were rarely in the endzone after the first quarter where they put up 14 points. Marshall caught some short passes and looked like he could have taken advantage against a NYG defense that is leaky against the pass. His QB Moore was under tremendous pressure however and had only 22 pass attempts which can really limit any WR's numbers especially when his QB was spreading the ball as much as he did. Marshall did have a big catch that was negated by a questionable pass interference call on him which would have helped his numbers but otherwise never was able to get much done. Unless the Dolphins throw more and protect their QB better, Marshall's numbers are unlikely to get much better than this.
2011 Week 9 vs KC (11 / 8 / 106 / 1 rec)
He was involved early and Miami seemed very ready to get him involved and make him a big part of the offense. He had a beautiful 30 yard reception on the opening drive for the Phins. He tested the left and the right side early finding a big gain on Flowers from KC. he caught the 1st two passes and then could not quite get to the 3rd pass form Moore on a 10 yard out to the left but it was obvious Miami was going to put the ball in the hands of their playmaker. He had a big catch on a 3rd and 8 on Miami's 2nd drive that set up Miami deep inside KC territory and Miami ended up scoring a touchdown. It should be noted that KC did a terrible job of covering him at times and on a few occasions he was left wide open. His TD catch was an excellent throw by Matt Moore into tight coverage in the left front corner of the end zone. Entire team was playing with a lot of confidence, this is what you would like to see of Brandon Marshall moving forward.
2011 Week 10 vs WAS (9 / 7 / 98 / 0 rec)
He was wide open on some trickery on the 1st play of the game but Moore under threw the ball otherwise it would have been a touchdown for Brandon. he came back and made a nice catch over the middle before being wrapped up. Next he took a WR screen but could not go anywhere with it. 3 of the 1st 4 plays of the game were intended to go to Brandon Marshall. Miami is trying to use him a lot. He had some big 3rd down plays and receptions to help Miami move down the field. He should have been given an opp on the fade route during Miami's opening TD drive but Moore did not check out of the Reggie Bush hand off. He had at least two more big 3rd down receptions that extended drives and helped put up points on the board. Owners should continue to ride Marshall for now.
2011 Week 11 vs BUF (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
While the Dolphins passing game had their way with the Bills in this game, Marshall and the Dolphins receivers were surprisingly quiet. The Bills double covered him throughout the game, and that allowed the RBs and TEs to be more effective. Marshall was held to a single catch on 3 targets, although he did nearly bring down a touchdown that was overturned on replay when they ruled he did not get both feed down in bounds. Given how much the Bills have struggled on defense this year, this was a disappointing outing for a player who had been coming on strong the past couple weeks.
2011 Week 12 vs DAL (10 / 5 / 103 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a stellar game in the loss to the Cowboys. He was targeted often by Matt Moore and came through like a star. His second target of the day was a deep pass wherein Marshall cut to the outside while Moore threw the ball to his inside shoulder. From then on, the quarterback and Marshall were clearly on the same page. Marshall's best catch came on a 35 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. On the play, Marshall was blanketed by two defenders as Matt Moore threw a high arcing pass to the end zone. Despite being bear-hugged by Terrence Newman, Marshall was able to slide and make the difficult catch for the score. Marshall ran a number of deep posts and go routes as well as deep crossing patterns. For the first time in a few weeks it seemed that the Dolphins were interested in letting Marshall use his physical talents to make tough catches instead of trying to get him the ball only when he is wide open and on the run.
2011 Week 13 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Had his 1st route cut off by the Oak DB which caused him to not pick up a 1st down and settle for a very short gain on the reception. His 2nd catch was a WR screen and he got caught dancing behind the line and lost several yards on the play. Quiet first half but he made an acrobatic reception to bail out Miami in the 2nd half as they were buried deep inside their own territory. Marshall ran down the left seam and just kept running and then turned to adjust to the football, one of the best receptions in the football game as he elevated to secure the football. Connected later again in the 2nd half as he elevated over Chris Johnson's head for a big reception up the left sideline. Early in the 4th he had a 40 yard target up the left sideline but the throw was off target and he was well covered. A couple more connections and he could have easily had another 100 yard performance.
2011 Week 14 vs PHI (8 / 4 / 27 / 1 rec)
Brandon Marshall: He opened the game in a way you love. Miami had blocked a punt and created a short field for the offense and Marshall managed to hook up with Matt Moore in the back corner of the end zone on the left side right past Asomugha for a quick 7-0 Miami lead. He had another target later in the 1st quarter where he might have been able to hook up for a 40 yard TD but the throw was off by Moore. Had a pretty bad drop when Miami was down 24-7 before the 1st half expired as the ball was put on the numbers but he could not make the catch. Moore went out and then the bottom dropped out for the Miami passing game. Owners better hope Moore is ready to roll next week.
2011 Week 15 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 84 / 1 rec)
Marshall had a very disappointing first half on Sunday as he finished with 0 catches on 4 targets and two of them looked like drops in the end zone. He was a much better player in the second half though as he caught 3 of the 4 passes thrown his way for 84 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of the game was clearly the 65-yard touchdown catch when he beat man coverage cleanly and Matt Moore threw a perfect ball that hit him in stride.
2011 Week 16 vs NE (12 / 7 / 156 / 1 rec)
Dropped a perfect pass on his first attempt of the day. last week he dropped a couple passes as well. He will go on to have a great day in terms of stats for owners but it should be noted that he drops a lot of balls that seem pretty routine. Still he is in an offense where he is the focal point of the passing game. His 1st big catch came on an audible by his QB up the right sideline on a fly pattern where the DB, McCourty never turned to try and make a play on the ball. His 2nd catch was a beautiful little pattern straight up the right seam as Marshall was lined up in the right slot with Hartline split wide to his right. Marshall caught it in tight space and split the Safety and Cornerback on his way into the end zone. He makes all the tough receptions as he leaps between defenders and comes down with the football. Marshall had another red zone look but had to turn into a defender to break the pass up. Had a big reception late for about 40 yards up the right sideline in one on one coverage with no Safety help.
2011 Week 17 vs NYJ (8 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
One of the most interesting battles of the day was between Marshall and Jets CB Darrelle Revis. While no love is lost between these two, there is also respect and it makes for a good day fo football to watch. For the most part, Revis was able to stifle Marshall and limit him to shorter catches. He also kept Marshall out of the end zone, blanketing him in the red zone.
2010 Week 1 vs BUF (13 / 8 / 53 / 0 rec)
Marshall was getting open at will early on short routes and tacking on yards with his patented tough and creative running after the catch, but almost of all of his catches were close to the line of scrimmage. Marshall did get way behind the defense on what should have been a 54-yard TD, but he dropped a severely underthrown ball. He was by far Henne's most targeted receiver early, so he should live up to his WR1 billing in PPR leagues.
2010 Week 2 vs MIN (8 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
On the Dolphins first offensive play, Marshall went deep, had a step on his man, and caught the perfect throw in stride for a 46 yard gain. Marshall and Henne appear to have improved their chemistry somewhat, though they're not all the way there yet. Because the Dolphins had the lead all day, the passing game overall was pretty quiet. But Marshall looked good, and has better days ahead.
2010 Week 3 vs NYJ (17 / 10 / 166 / 1 rec, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
For a great deal of the first half, the Jets secondary did a good job of taking Marshall out of the equation, or at least limiting his impact, with frequent double coverage. The Dolphins did two things to free Marshall up and get him involved. First, they had him take a few snaps at running back. While he didn't do too much, it was a good way for the team to tell him 'yes, we know you're here and we'll get you the ball'. It's always critical to get your main weapons involved as early and often as possible. Second, the team targeted other receivers and made the Jets pay until they had to remove the double coverage on occasion. Once the Jets adjusted, Marshall showed why Miami was willing to give up so much to the talented wide receiver. Henne found his pace and once he saw Marshall was getting a little open, threw to him very often. Marshall really got going second half and his touchdown reception was the result of a fantastic effort to bull to the goal line after the catch. He also showed great presence and effort in preventing Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie from picking off a pass in the end zone, allowing the Phins to keep possession and kick a field goal. Henne and Marshall are beginning to sync up and as this game showed, the two look like they will be a very productive pair.
2010 Week 4 vs NE (8 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
The Dolphins star wide out was silent in the first half and was thrown to just once as Davone Bess stole all the first half highlights. His first catch didn't come until the 3rd quarter and his contribution came too little, too late to make a mark. When he did get involved in the passing attack, he looked agile, determined and strong. His lengthy stride and strong sharp cuts tonight, made him a standout on the field every time he touched the ball and the Dolphins simply can't afford to leave him out of the game plan early on as they did in this contest.
2010 Week 6 vs GB (17 / 10 / 127 / 0 rec)
Marshall looked sharp right from the start, with three catches on the first drive alone, and 102 yards in the first half. He had an uncanny knack for getting to the ball, but even so, in double coverage he found the going tougher as the game wore on. Marshall nearly hauled in a deep ball in the back of the end zone, appearing seemingly out of nowhere to even have a chance at it, but couldn't stay in bounds, though he did make the catch.
2010 Week 7 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Marshall made some tough catches in traffic, and the offensive line was good enough to give him time to get downfield, so expect better weeks ahead. The defense keyed on him most of the time, and so Chad Henne was forced to spread the ball out more than usual. Henne still forced the ball to Marshall in some tight situations, and Marshall rewarded him with the catch. He nearly had a touchdown, too, but didn't push off his man quickly enough to get to the ball on a timing pattern in the end zone.
2010 Week 8 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)
Was given mostly short passes and routes to capitalize on. Marshall has been very workman like and doesn't seem to complain much even when he is not the complete focus of the offense. What Marshall does really well too is making those around him better. And that is the frustrating part of the Miami offense. Marshall had 1 catch for 20 yards on the 1st drive within the 1st couple plays and then they didn't call his number again until the 3rd quarter. Some of that is on Henne but Marshall is your playmaker, get him the ball. 5 of his targets came in the 3rd quarter on 2 separate drives. Certainly would have liked to see him be more involved in the offense early on.
2010 Week 9 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
As you can see Marshall didn't catch any balls downfield although he did turn a 21 yd play out of one reception so that leaves about a 2 yd avg on his remaining 4 catches. Baltimore rolled double coverage over the top of him all day, primarily a deep double zone and Miami was never really able to exploit this with underneath routes. Again the coaching has to be called into question and you also have to give the Ravens some credit here.
2010 Week 10 vs TEN (7 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Marshall had a big 16 yard catch on Thigpen's long drive. He ran an out pattern and Thigpen put the ball on the money for 16 yards. Other than that play, there wasn't much else for Marshall, as the Titans blanketed him with coverage. On this day Hartline and Fasano did the most damage and Marshall did a nice job of being the decoy. He did have a lob thrown to him in the endzone, but Cortland Finnegan made a tremendous play, and Marhsall was unable to pull it down. He also got into the mix out of the wildcat, and he came behind Ronnie Brown, took the handoff and fired an impressive ball way downfield. unfortunately he threw it into triple coverage and was lucky not to have it intercepted.
2010 Week 11 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Some of his highlights include a 15 yard personal foul penalty for taunting Jay Cutler along the sidelines after he made a simple catch. A few plays later on the same drive he dropped a ball and then stared around for a referee flag that never came. Then the final cherry on the sundae was him spinning around at midfield and blowing out his hamstring for the rest of the game then watching the game in street clothes from the sidelines for the whole 2nd half.
2010 Week 14 vs NYJ (6 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)
Marshall didn't have much success against the Jets, but his one big success was a game-winner. In the middle of the first quarter, the Jets lined up linebacker Bart Scott against Marshall, who slipped past him and found a seam between Scott and defensive back Eric Smith. Henne hit him with a quick pass and Marshall easily went in for the touchdown. Since the Jets never found the end zone, it was the difference in the game.
2010 Week 15 vs BUF (12 / 11 / 106 / 1 rec)
Looks all the way back from his pulled hammy a few weeks ago. Doesn't seem to be asked to run many long patterns but was very efficient underneath throughout the game. Marshall can gain separation in limited space which is very difficult for a lot of wide receivers in the NFL. He was a bright spot on overall dismal day for most Miami players. This was the 2nd game in a row Marshall scored a touchdown but only his 3rd overall for the season.
2010 Week 16 vs DET (16 / 10 / 102 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall was every big the fantasy stud that you would expect of him in this game. Unfortunately he failed to get into the end zone again. Marshall made some great catches, running precise side-line and come-back routes and reaching behind himself several times when Henne had underthrown him. His longest reception was just 14 yards at the start of the second quarter, where he ran a come-back route and faked Nathan Vasher into thinking he was going deep. Marshall was wide open and caught the ball after about 10 yards, and was able to break up field for another four. Four plays later, he caught another come-back route just short of the first down market, but stretched the ball out to give the Dolphins the first down. Even without the trip to the end zone, Marshall proved that he is worth every penny that the Dolphins are paying for him.
2010 Week 17 vs NE (12 / 5 / 97 / 0 rec)
e threw his QB under the bus on Sunday and revealed they were not on the same page very often this season. I look at the coaching staff as the scapegoat honestly. He came close to breaking the Miami single season reception record but fell short of O.J. McDuffie's team record of 90 balls. Marshall likely would have broken that record had he not missed a couple games with a sore hamstring. Marshall was decent on Sunday but with the chaos and the 38-7 drubbing it's hard to give him too much credit in the loss.
2009 Week 1 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
The Broncos wanted to involve Brandon Marshall right away and get him in the flow of the game early. Orton's first pass was intended for Marshall on a bubble screen to the left, but the big wide receiver took his eyes off the ball and seemed to be thinking about running after the catch before securing it. The Broncos didn't go away from Brandon because of that play, but Marshall was noticeably absent on third-downs in the first half of the game. Marshall was very rusty from missing the preseason, and he seemed to be running routes at half speed sometimes. Most of Marshall's targets were on short crossing routes, but when Orton did heave it up for Marshall deep if fell incomplete. The pass went right through Marshall's hands, and it looked like he timed his jump incorrectly. When the game was on the line Kyle Orton kept force feeding passes to Brandon Marshall, and the pass that ended up winning the game was actually a deep sideline throw for #15.
2009 Week 2 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
The Broncos again tried to get Brandon Marshall the football often, but mistakes once again plagued his performance. His first two targets fell incomplete, and Marshall seemed to be out of sync with Orton to start the game. Marshall failed to identify the blitz and cut off his route, which led to an incomplete pass behind him as he continued with his deep route. His effort seemed to be better today, and he didn't appear to be dogging it on the field. The big receiver was also blocking well on runs downfield, as he wanted the same when he got to carry the ball. Marshall ran an end around, and faked like he was going to throw the ball which froze the defense in their tracks and allowed Marshall to pick up extra yardage. Marshall's biggest play of the day came on a 3rd and 6 in the 3rd quarter. As the play broke down, Orton scrambled to his right and found Marshall deep down the sideline. Marshall found a soft spot in the zone, and squared his shoulders to the line of scrimmage to give Orton the biggest possible target. After the catch Marshall made sure to fight for extra yardage by driving his legs.
2009 Week 3 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Brandon Marshall was once again involved early and often on Sunday, but this time he was very engaged - and thus very productive for the team on Sunday. The Broncos were moving Marshall around, trying to create mismatches and found one when linebacker Kirk Morrison tried to cover him in the end zone. Orton patiently waited as Marshall found his way over the middle, and zipped it into him for six. Marshall was very focused during the entire game, and hauled in a deep pass with one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha, draped all over him. The Broncos threw many different passes to Marshall, deep sideline, deep middle, and short crossing routes all day long. The Raiders had no answer for Marshall when he was targeted, and it looks like he's finally comfortable in this new offense.
2009 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 4 / 91 / 1 rec)
Marshall was once again involved early and often on Sunday. He made a few nice catches early, but saved his best play when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter. After the two-minute warning Marshall came out ready to make a play. He caught a pass on the right side that was intentionally short because cornerback Terance Newman was draped all over him. He used his size to sky over his defender, and with his long arms he was able to pluck the ball out of the sky at it's highest point. Marshall then promptly turned upfield and started looking for yards after the catch. He cut back to the inside of the field while eluding tacklers, and then cut back to the outside as he ran into the end zone. After the play Marshall was visibly emotional, and ran up to his young head coach Josh McDaniels and gave him a huge hug. At the press conference after the game he came out and jokingly hugged his coach once again. The play and the emotion just once again emphasized how much Marshall loves this game. After the last two weeks it looks like Marshall's ferocity and focus is back on the field.
2009 Week 5 vs NE (11 / 8 / 64 / 2 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Once again the Broncos were looking to Marshall early and often. The first pass they threw out of the Wild Horses formation was to Marshall as they tried to soften up the defense with a short pass to later on set up a deeper look. Marshall is healthy and motivated, and now looks excited to be involved in the offense after starting off the season slow. His make-you-miss ability is legendary, and was key on both of his touchdown receptions. Marshall is hard to cover one-on-one and was simply a physical mismatch against veteran Shawn Springs. Orton threw short to Marshall near the goalline, and the big receiver was able to turn inside, muscle the ball in, and get into the endzone. Later in the game when the Broncos needed to tie it up Orton looked Marshall's way again. Marshall was able to juke and stretch his way into the endzone after breaking free near the sideline. As great as those plays were, perhaps his best play of the day came on an incomplete pass. With around seven minutes left in the second quarter Kyle Orton had his pass batted up high in the air and behind the line of scrimmage. Marshall came off a short crossing route and split through Patriots defenders - but not to try and catch the ball. Instead, he used his incredible vertical to sky over the defense, and promptly swatted the ball to the ground. It was a great play, and shows just how dialed in Brandon Marshall is now.
2009 Week 6 vs SD (6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
The Broncos once again came out force feeding the ball to Brandon Marshall. While the other receivers on the team will get looked to when the matchups dictate it, Marshall is the key to get this passing game on track. Orton has developed a trust with the big wideout, and will throw it up to let Marshall make a play on the ball. Marshall did a good job of turning upfield and looking for running room after he would catch a pass. Defenders find it tough to cover Marshall because of his size, but he can also find difficult cutback angles which he did on a couple of his catches Monday night. The Broncos are more than willing to use Marshall in a number of ways and lined him up wide, in the slot, and would bring him in motion out of trips formation - all in an effort to confuse the defense and get him the rock. Marshall didn't find the endzone against the Chargers, but is clearly the most important part of this passing offense.
2009 Week 8 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
The Broncos know that in order to jump-start their passing game they must involve Brandon Marshall early and often. This recipe didn't work as planned against the Ravens because quarterback Kyle Orton didn't have much time to throw the football. Marshall was getting short targets, but found no running room after the catch. He was trying his normal start/stop/cutback running but the pursuit by the Ravens meant that defenders were catching him from behind while he tried to make moves on the guys in front of him. As the game wore on Marshall seemed to be reluctant to go all out for catches for fear of getting hit over the middle. This lead to a few more incompletions for Kyle Orton.
2009 Week 9 vs PIT (15 / 11 / 112 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall had a good game for his fantasy owners, even though he didn't get into the end zone on Monday night. The Broncos were getting the ball to Marshall in a number of different ways, but started out using stack routes to Marshall. Brandon Stokley would run a clearing route, with Marshall running a shorter route behind him. It was effective getting Marshall the football, and those short routes allowed him to use his dangerous run after the catch ability. However, there were times when Marshall should have just taken what was there instead of trying to juke his way to a big play. In addition to stack routes, Denver liked to use Marshall on slant routes where he could keep his feet moving after contact and break tackles to look for extra yardage.
2009 Week 10 vs WAS (10 / 5 / 134 / 2 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Brandon Marshall took full advantage of mistakes in the Washington secondary, and started the game with 2 catches for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns. The first touchdown Marshall ran an option route where he stutter stepped to see what the defensive back would do. When Carlos Rogers bit on the short route, Marshall blew past him for the score. His second touchdown catch saw another breakdown in Washington's coverage. The Broncos lined up in a two tight end set where Marshall was the only wideout on the field. He started off his route slowly as if he was looking to block DeAngelo Hall. When Hall was peeking in the backfield for a run Marshall flew past him and was wide open for six. It was a huge game for Marshall, and could have been even better if Kyle Orton had stayed healthy. Chris Simms did target Brandon Marshall in the second half, including once in the end zone that was picked off because it was at least 5-yards away from the big receiver.
2009 Week 11 vs SD (9 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Marshall has put up some huge games against the Chargers before, but he was never really able to gain much separation in this one. He caught a couple of short receptions, but never really had a chance to break a long one. He was later targeted in the back of the end zone, but the pass was thrown a bit high. He was also targeted twice late in the fourth quarter in the end zone on fade patters, but the ball was knocked away both times. Marshall's last target of the game came on a fourth down desperation pass over the middle near the goal line. He looked to have been shaken up a bit on the play despite the fact that he very obviously pulled up at the last moment in order to avoid contact with DB Paul Oliver. Marshall walked to the sidelines on his own though and it didn't look like anything serious. What could be an issue going forward was his treatment of rookie RB Knowshon Moreno following the youngster's goal line fumble in the first quarter. Marshall got in his face to yell at him, and eventually Moreno grew angry enough to give him a two-handed shove to the chest to back him off. The Broncos have lost four games in a row, and the last thing they need right now is dissension among the ranks - especially between two of its biggest playmakers.
2009 Week 12 vs NYG (9 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec)
Brandon Marshall made two highlight reel one-handed catches on Thanksgiving night against the Giants in Week 12, catching 50-50 balls where it seemed that he was covered well yet he was able to just make the play each time. Marshall was the leading receiver on the night, topping the stat sheet for the Broncos in targets, catches and yardage. Most of his yardage came on the two big grabs as the rest of his catches were for 10 or fewer yards at a clip, but Denver was content to run the ball in the fourth quarter with a big lead.
2009 Week 13 vs KC (10 / 7 / 94 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Surprisingly, Brandon Marshall didn't receive the first reception of the game for the Broncos - but once again he was heavily involved in the passing game. The Broncos relied on their ground game to pound the Chiefs defense, but did take a few shots with Marshall downfield. His touchdown catch came on a bubble screen to the left where he was able to use his run after the catch ability to dance into the end zone from 8-yards out. His longest reception of the day came in the fourth quarter on the Broncos final scoring drive. Out of trips formation Marshall was able to haul in the quick screen and turn upfield quickly. He raced for 49-yards before Jon McGraw knocked him out of bounds.
2009 Week 14 vs IND (28 / 21 / 200 / 2 rec)
Brandon Marshall told his receivers coach before the game that he felt it would be his best game ever. Marshall's statement proved prophetic as it was not only Marshall's greatest day as a pro, but an all time record setting day for a wide receiver. Kyle Orton targeted Marshall a mind-boggling 28 times on Sunday, and Marshall was able to haul in 21 of those passes. That number of receptions broke the old record that Terrell Owens held (20 receptions) from his days as a member of the 49ers. Marshall flashed his run after the catch ability, sometimes looking like a big Barry Sanders in the open field. He refused to go down easy, and was always looking for a cutback lane. The Colts defense tried to do everything to stop Brandon Marshall but nothing worked. The big wide receiver did take some punishment for catching the football, and sometimes when he was looking for extra yardage he would take a beating from multiple defenders. Marshall was on the attack for the entire game, and the main cornerback covering him, Tim Jennings, was a full 7 inches shorter. This allowed Kyle Orton to place passes where only Marshall could get them. He scored two touchdowns on the day, and was targeted on another throw to the end zone that was picked off. After his first touchdown Marshall found a lady in the crowd that was wearing a Broncos jersey (specifically his jersey) and threw her the ball. It was a great day for Marshall, but afterwards he said that he would have given up the record if the Broncos could have gotten the win.
2009 Week 15 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 73 / 1 rec)
The Broncos know that in order to move the ball through the air they must target Brandon Marshall early and often. It's a recipe they've used nearly every week, and Sunday against the Raiders was no different. Marshall once again led the team in receptions and receiving yards, but was curiously not targeted when the Broncos could have put the game away. With the ball at the Raiders 2-yard line Kyle Orton instead looked to tight end Tony Scheffler twice with both passes falling incomplete. That situation is perfect for Marshall's jump ball skills, but the team decided to go another way. The lone touchdown of the day for the Broncos did come from Brandon Marshall earlier in the game. Marshall ran a slant to the inside and found the Raiders in a zone. He simply found a soft spot in the middle of the field, sat down and opened up his hands for Kyle Orton.
2009 Week 16 vs PHI (13 / 8 / 39 / 0 rec, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Brandon Marshall led the Broncos in targets and receptions against the Eagles in Week 16, but it was more out of necessity than anything else. Eddie Royal did not play and Brandon Stokley got himself ejected in the first quarter, so it was the Marshall and Jabar Gaffney show in the second half as Denver tried for the comeback. Remarkably enough, Marshall only accounted for 39 yards receiving despite eight catches. It takes work for a wide receiver to average under five yards a catch, but somehow Marshall and the Broncos pulled off the feat. Most of the blame goes to Kyle Orton and his quick dump-offs to Marshall all game long and not attempting to stretch the field with Marshall. Next week's contest against the Chiefs should prove to be better, but there is no guarantee by any means that Marshall will post strong numbers with Orton throwing such short passes.
2008 Week 2 vs SD (20 / 18 / 166 / 1 rec)
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.
2008 Week 3 vs NO (11 / 6 / 155 / 1 rec)
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.
2008 Week 4 vs KC (13 / 7 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / -11 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 5 vs TB (7 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 6 vs JAX (18 / 9 / 98 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 7 vs NE (10 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 9 vs MIA (9 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 10 vs CLE (14 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec)
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.
2008 Week 11 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 12 vs OAK (11 / 4 / 84 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 13 vs NYJ (12 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 14 vs KC (12 / 11 / 91 / 2 rec)
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.
2008 Week 15 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 16 vs BUF (16 / 10 / 129 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 17 vs SD (11 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
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.
2007 Week 1 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)
The second year receiver from Central Florida is 6'4" and scored the only Denver TD. The Broncos were at the Bills five yard line and Cutler hit him with a fade pass near the back corner of the end zone where he used his physical advantage to score.
2007 Week 2 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 82 / 0 rec)
Marshall showed just how strong he was, shrugging off numerous arm tackles on a number of his catches. He caught five of his nine targets for a total of 82 yards. Those numbers don't do his game justice, as he had a 24 yard touchdown called back on a questionable offensive pass interference call, and another 17 yard gain nullified by a holding penalty. Jay Cutler appears to have confidence in Marshall to make the touch catch in traffic, and often looked his way on third downs, four of which Marshall got the first down on.
2007 Week 3 vs JAX (11 / 7 / 133 / 0 rec)
Marshall was without question Cutler's favorite target in this game. He used his size and leaping ability on some plays, speed on others, while running good routes to get open. Marshall ran very well after the catch, breaking tackles on most of his receptions. Three passes were deflected from him at the last moment and one was overthrown, or he could have posted even greater numbers.
2007 Week 4 vs IND (7 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
The main focus of the Denver Broncos passing attack in the absence of Javon Walker, Brandon Marshall posted three catches for 23 yards with a seven yard touchdown in the first quarter. Marshall did drop one easy catch and allowed Marlon Jackson to step in front of him for an interception. Walker's hold as the number one option in the Broncos passing game is still secure when he returns from injury.
2007 Week 5 vs SD (13 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)
Marshall really stood to have a big game with the absence of Javon Walker, but he simply couldn't capitalize. Perhaps it was the lack of another legitimate weapon in the passing game that caused San Diego to focus so much attention on Marshall. Whatever the case, Marshall rarely had any wiggle room when the ball was thrown his way and the Chargers typically had one or two players draped all over him at all times. About the only time that Marshall did find some room to roam, he took a pass for 26 yards down to the San Diego nine yard line and promptly fumbled the ball away. He was carelessly holding the ball away from his body nearly the entire time, and the smallest jostle from S Marlon McCree knocked the ball loose. Marshall was targeted in the end zone on a deep ball late in the game, but it fell incomplete.
2007 Week 7 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Marshall was the de facto number one wide receiver with Javon Walker out with his injured knee, and he responded by leading the team in targets. He suffered from some poor accuracy from Cutler and less than stellar catch attempts early on, but settled in to lead the team in receptions and yardage. Marshall continued to show excellent run after the catch ability, as he rarely went down on first contact and showed good vision and moves in the open field.
2007 Week 8 vs GB (7 / 3 / 74 / 0 rec)
Two of Marshall's receptions came on Denver's game tying drive at the end of regulation. The big play of the series came when he hauled in a Jay Cutler pass and was able to turn it into a 35 yard gain that took the ball into field goal range. On the very next play, Marshall made a 13 yard reception that moved the ball to the Packers 13 yard line. His only other reception of the night came in the third quarter and went for 26 yards.
2007 Week 9 vs DET (18 / 9 / 96 / 0 rec)
Marshall was targeted a game high 19 times. He caught only nine of the targets for 96 yards. Marshall was Ramsey's first choice on key short yardage passing plays, including two quick slants on third and fourth down plays in the third quarter. Either play could have resulted in a touchdown, but Ramsey threw the first pass well behind him. The second pass was broken up by the defense. Marshall dropped two passes.
2007 Week 10 vs KC (9 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)
Second year receiver Marshall is establishing himself as the current top wide receiver for the Broncos and Jay Cutler's favorite target. With top wideout Javon Walker out with an injury and perennial all pro Rod Smith on the PUP list, Marshall has helped solidify the passing game for Denver. He caught six of the nine passes Cutler directed towards him for 85 yards.
2007 Week 11 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Marshall had a very complete game. He led the team in receptions and finished second to Brandon Stokley in yardage. Marshall's touchdown was a perfect example of his elusiveness, as he broke free of the tackle attempt to race for the score. He also has a nice 16 yard end around where he pump faked to freeze the defense and gain some extra yards. He continues to run with great balance and agility, and is very hard to tackle due to his unique combination of size, skill, and athleticism. Marshall made several tough snags in tight coverage, and showed good hands doing so. He also threw several impressive and effective blocks throughout the game.
2007 Week 12 vs CHI (10 / 4 / 97 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Marshall got behind the defense for his 68 yard touchdown, and showed determination on the field in this game with strong blocking to aid in a couple of the Broncos touchdowns. With Javon Walker not seeing much time on the field, Marshall filled the void and demanded the ball.
2007 Week 13 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Marshall was targeted a game high ten times. He led the Broncos with six receptions mostly of the short variety. 32 of Marshall's yards came on one play. His other five grabs netted only 35 yards. Marshall leads NFL receivers in yardage after catch and continued that trend in this game. Marshall frequently broke tackles to gain hard fought yards. Most of the yardage on Marshall's 32 yard gain came after he spun out of a tackle and found open running room down the sideline. Marshall was guilty of one dropped pass.
2007 Week 14 vs KC (13 / 10 / 115 / 2 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Marshall had another impressive performance. With Rod Smith out for the year and Javon Walker missing his eighth game of the year due to injury, Marshall has clearly taken over as the top receiving threat for the Broncos. He was targeted 13 times and caught ten of them for 115 yards. Twice he caught passes for touchdowns. He is gaining the appearance of an all purpose offensive weapon for the Broncos. He once appeared ready to throw the ball and he did gain ten yards rushing. On his last play of the contest, he went down hard and seemed to clutch his side. He was attended to on the sidelines by the Broncos' staff. The game was essentially over at that time and he did not come back in.
2007 Week 15 vs HOU (16 / 11 / 107 / 0 rec)
Marshall missed three touchdown opportunities in the first half. Two of the plays were broken up by the defense and the other missed opportunity came on a low pass from QB Jay Cutler in front of the end zone which Marshall grabbed but could not corral. He was clutching his arm throughout the game and was forced to spend some time on the sideline in the first quarter. However, the apparent injury did not slow him down or hinder his tenacious style of play as he muscled his way for every possible yard and did not shy away from contact.
2007 Week 16 vs SD (13 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Marshall somehow turned a six catch, 75 yard performance into a quiet affair. He had one long catch downfield for 27 yards, and fought off multiple tacklers on a run after the catch that was impressive. But he never scored or came close to, never dropped a potential big gainer, and basically put up decent stats solely because of his status as the team's number one wideout. Sort of like "somebody has to catch the passes...it might as well be him."
2007 Week 17 vs MIN (13 / 10 / 114 / 1 rec, 2 / 31 / 0 rush)
Marshall played like a beast against the smaller Vikings defensive backs. He used his body to get position. He also took a few quick swing passes, made defenders miss, and got good yardage after the catch. On one reception, he leaped over his defender and pulled the ball away, making the catch. The Vikings simply had no answer for Marshall.
2006 Week 2 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marshall was not a factor in this game. He had no receptions and did not gain any yardage.
2006 Week 5 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marshall did not see any action in the game.
2006 Week 7 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)
Marshall stepped up in this game and made a nice stretch on his nine yard touchdown score. Earlier in the game he made a 13 yard third down reception that set up Tatum Bell's touchdown run.
2006 Week 11 vs SD (3 / 1 / 33 / 0 rec)
Marshall had one catch, and it was the Broncos' longest of the game, for 33 yards. He was also targeted deep late in the game but couldn't quite haul in the one-handed catch. Marshall dropped a pass in the first half.
2006 Week 12 vs KC (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Marshall caught each of the three passes thrown his way during the game. He did fumble away one reception but was fortunate that it rolled out of bounds allowing the Denver offense to maintain possession.
2006 Week 13 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 71 / 1 rec)
Marshall's only target in the game was a big one. He caught a short pass on the right side of the field that he turned up field, broke several Seattle tackles, and sprinted past the last line of defense for a 71 yard score. The touchdown pulled Denver to a 20-all tie late in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 15 vs ARI (7 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
The feeling is that there could be a great, long term receiving combination in the making here. Rookie receiver Brandon Marshall is developing into a favorite target for his rookie quarterback. He tied Javon Walker for the most receptions by a Broncos player in this game with five catches, accumulating 58 yards.
2006 Week 16 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Marshall was Cutler's second most targeted receiver. He led the team in catches and yards. Marshall made some nice, tough grabs, including an amazing sideline catch in near the goal line that would've been a touchdown if the ball was thrown better.
2006 Week 17 vs SF (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Marshall was targeted in the second half and overtime, with three of them in overtime. One of his receptions was called back due to a penalty on the offensive line, and he dropped a pass in overtime that would have resulted in a first down. He was thrown to mostly on intermediate routes, and showed an ability to get open running those routes.