Bears notebook: Some good, some bad for Brandon Marshall against Cardinals
BY Adam L. jahns email@example.com December 23, 2012 10:38PM
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald autographs his jersey for Bears receiver Brandon Marshall after the game Sunday. | Paul Connors~AP
Updated: February 22, 2013 2:12AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — This time, receiver Brandon Marshall called himself out.
‘‘I stunk the field up,’’ Marshall said after the Bears’ 28-13 victory Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. ‘‘Throwing around that word ‘accountability,’ I can’t do that, especially in this situation.’’
Marshall made mistakes — a pass went off his hands and nearly was intercepted in the second quarter — but he also made big plays against the NFL’s best pass defense and against a top-tier cornerback in Patrick Peterson.
Marshall caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. With a 30-yard catch in the second quarter, he surpassed Marcus Robinson’s franchise record of 1,400 receiving yards in a season. He now has 113 catches for 1,466 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Still, Marshall was hard on himself afterward, noting all the man-to-man coverage he got against Peterson. Marshall did beat Peterson for an 11-yard touchdown reception.
‘‘I’m disappointed in my play,’’ Marshall said. ‘‘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.’’
An early gift
Reserve cornerback Zack Bowman was in for starter Tim Jennings with the Cardinals pinned against their goal line after a good punt by Adam Podlesh in the first quarter.
But Bowman didn’t expect an early Christmas present. Cardinals running back Beanie Wells slipped and lost the ball at the 1-yard line.
‘‘It’s Christmas, man, the time of giving,’’ Bowman said of his fumble recovery for a touchdown. ‘‘I just came around the corner and happened to take a peek down and was like, ‘Whoa, there goes the ball.’ . . . I just fell on it and stuck it out in front of the end zone.’’
Jennings (dislocated shoulder) and receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) played after missing the two previous games.
Bennett said his concussion was a ‘‘little bit more’’ and a ‘‘little different’’ than the concussions his teammates suffered this season.
‘‘I feel good after getting back out there,’’ said Bennett, who had a 16-yard catch. ‘‘I’m all right. It felt really good being active again.’’
Jennings said tackling receiver Andre Roberts early in the first quarter helped.
‘‘It felt good to go out there, get that first tackle and get my shoulder [in it],’’ Jennings said. ‘‘Just to let it all hang out and not worry about it after that first tackle, that was a big moment. After that, I was just ready to go.’’
Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) continued his rehabilitation on the field before the game. Coach Lovie Smith said the Bears are ‘‘definitely thinking’’ Urlacher will return at some point.
‘‘I would just say he’s making a lot of improvement,’’ Smith said. ‘‘I know he’s feeling pretty good about where he is.’’
† Defensive tackle Henry Melton (collarbone), offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (hamstring) and special-teams ace Blake Constanzo (calf) were inactive.
† Cornerback Charles Tillman’s pick-six was the eighth for the Bears this season, tying the 1998 Seattle Seahawks for the second-most in a season in NFL history.