When receiver Brandon Marshall was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears this past March, the Bears and their fans hoped that Marshall would add a unique element that has been missing in their offense.
Marshall has certainly met the expectations of the Bears faithful and this last weekend he caught 12 passes for 92 yards, passing the 1,000-yard mark in receiving for the sixth time in his career. Marshall also became the first Bears’ receiver to reach 1,000 yards in receiving since Marty Booker in 2002.
Marshall’s 12 catch-92 yards game against the Minesota Vikings last Sunday was also a unique stat line that is rarely seen in the league. Marshall became the 35th player since 1966 (start of the Super Bowl era) to catch 12 or more passes in a game and finish with less than 100 yards receiving in the game. He became the third player with these numbers this year; Oakland’s Darren McFadden on Sept. 10 had 13 catches for 86 yards and the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant had 13 receptions for 95 yards on Oct. 14.
It was also only the ninth time in those 35 instances that a player’s team won in a game where a player had 12-plus