Brandon Marshall has had 165 and 160 receiving yards in Bears losses this season. He couldn't hide the fact that he was disappointed to have just 68 in a victory.
Asked what the offense can take from its uneven-at-best performance Sunday, Marshall spoke only for himself.
''Man. I know what I take away from it -- I stunk the field up,'' said Marshall, who had six receptions, including an 11-yard touchdowns in the Bears' 28-13 victory. ''Throwing around that word accountability -- I can't do that, especially in this situation. This part of the season.
''But for the defense to step up, for other guys to step up for the offense, that says a lot. So I'm proud that guys around me were able to make big plays, huge plays. Now we just got to go out next week and control what we can control.''
While happy to get the 'W,' Marshall sounded like he lost his battle against Patrick Peterson, the Arizona Cardinals' fine second-year cornerback. Last week the Lions' Calvin Johnson had 10 receptions for 121 yards against the Cardinals and Peterson. But he did not score. And Peterson intercepted one pass intended for Johnson and returned it 31 yards to the 4-yard line to set up a touchdown. So Marshall might have been more productive with lesser numbers.
But that didn't soothe Marshall.
''He's a great player. I'm disappointed in my play today,'' Marshall said. ''When you get opportunity to get one-on-one, you have to dominate. I was looking forward to this matchup. Dropping that ball, that slant and having the opportunity down the sideline on the left. I've got to make those plays.
''As a competitor, there's games within the game. I don't know the next opportunity I'm going to get against Pat. He's a great player. But I left way too many plays out there. I'm disappointed in that. But when you get a win and you look at where we're sitting right now, it definitely ... it overcomes what I was doing on the field.''