Brandon Marshall paid a high compliment to Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr.
He doesn’t want to see him.
“I don’t like playing against Brandon Carr,” the Bears receiver said Thursday in a conference call with Dallas-Fort Worth reporters. “He presents a lot of tough challenges throughout a game. You’ll notice he changes up his game when he plays against bigger receivers. He’s strong. He’s physical. He plays that way against guys like myself.”
In three games against the Cowboys, Marshall has caught 16 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Last year, facing Carr in Carr’s first season with the Cowboys, Marshall caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Marshall has plenty of experience against Carr from their days in the AFC West, when Marshall played for Denver and Carr was in Kansas City.
“I absolutely hate the matchup,” Marshall said. “It’s like playing chess out there with him. Every single play is a battle. He just makes you work so hard.”
Marshall is on track for his seventh consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. He is coming off a season with 118 catches, 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns – all career highs – last year. He comes into this game with 78 catches for 990 yards and nine touchdowns.
He said it helps that Alshon Jeffery is also a 1,000-yard receiver this year.
“Teams now have to play fair,” Marshall said. “He’s starting to put on tape and show the NFL that the Chicago Bears have two wide receivers that can dominate, so if you want to double me or roll coverage, Alshon is going to be on the other side, licking his chops and taking advantage of each opportunity.”
Marshall also credited backup quarterback Josh McCown with keeping the Bears’ air attack going while Jay Cutler is injured.
“When Jay went down against Washington, it was definitely one of those things that for a few seconds, maybe a few minutes, that there was a little uncertainty,” Marshall said. “But when he came in after that first drive and second drive, there was a peace in our offense, there was a peace on our team that, ‘Hey, we got a guy that can lead us.’ To be honest, coming into this year I didn’t know that Josh was capable of this, so what he has been doing these past few games has been amazing. He’s really been putting us in position to win games.”
-- Carlos Mendez