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Brandon Marshall: 'I stunk the field up' vs. Peterson

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Brandon Marshall vs. Peterson.jpgBrandon 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.''

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I see no reason for Brandon Marshall to beat himself up, but, Im glad he did. You like your stud players to get on themselves when they don't put up numbers, it shows they're staying competitive. With that being said, someone other than #15 needs to step up, someone like Alshon Jeffery, who I think is close to breaking out, I think the missed time has killed him. More production from the tight end position would be nice to.

Another let down was Matt Forte going down....again. Forte was on his way to having a monster game, probably a 100 plus yard rushing performance. When Forte went down you could really notice the Bears rushing offense take a step back. Oh well, the Bears got the W and are still alive, should be interesting GO BEARS!!

He is harder on himself than necessary. Consider what the Bears would look like without you, Brandon. He has quickly developed into my favorite Bear player, just above Tillman and Cutler. I keep waiting for a Cutler breakthrough and maintaining consistency afterwards. I hope the Packers get the bears into the play-offs by beating the Vikings while the Bears beat up on the Lions.Then perhaps the Cutler we all expect to join the level of the Mannings, Brady, Brees, etc. will show up and stay up. Watching him show those flashes of brilliance to then see him throw the ball in the ground or six feet over the receiver's head is frustrating at best. I would hate to see him leave the Bears but would love to see him reach his maximum potential.

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