The Green Bay Packers shut down Brandon Marshall back in Week 2. Or, at least, that's what Packers DBs Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson said -- with the stats to support them.
Marshall's not buying it.
"This is the biggest game of my career," said Marshall of Sunday's Packers-Bears rematch, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. "I heard exactly what (Williams) and Woodson said after the game. This is personal.
"I have never been shut out in one-on-one coverage in my life."
The comments came as part of an energetic session with the media from the star Chicago wide receiver on Wednesday, four days before Chicago hosts Green Bay with the NFC North division title still up for grabs. Green Bay won the first meeting between the two teams, 23-10, with Marshall making just two catches for 24 yards.
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Williams said after that Week 2 Green Bay win that "We know Jay (Cutler) was looking to go to Marshall. You want to take that away from him early. He stopped looking at him, and at that point he probably didn’t start looking back at him until the end of the game. We got what we wanted out of the scheme."
(That quote, by the way, appears as part of an Associated Press story linked on Williams' official website, with the headline "Williams shuts down Bears' Marshall".)
Woodson, who may return this week after sitting out multiple games with a collarbone injury, was more critical of Cutler -- "(Marshall) wasn't open. What do you want him to do?"
"We understand that Jay's excited about his new weapons, but it's the same old Jay," Woodson told ESPN's Rachel Nichols following his team's win. "We don't need luck, we just need to be in position. Jay will throw us the ball."
Cutler threw four interceptions in the teams' earlier game, as Green Bay streaked out to a 13-0 halftime lead and pulled in front by as much as 20.
Since that Chicago loss, Marshall has put up 1,199 yards receiving to push him over 1,300 for the year. He's also coming off his two best games of the season, yardage-wise -- Marshall made 10 catches for 165 yards in a Week 12 loss to Seattle, then went for 10 and 160 last Sunday in Minnesota.
He figures to see Williams for most of the day Sunday, with the Packers likely providing a little extra help unless one of Chicago's other receivers breaks loose.
Can Marshall and the Bears get revenge Sunday? If not, don't expect Marshall to credit his words for motivating Green Bay.
"If you need words to get your team going or get riled up, that's sad," Marshall said
. "Bulletin-board material ... that is baloney."