The Bears and Packers’ rivalry heated up during Week 2 this season, when Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Packers defensive back Charles Woodson challenged each other in comments before and after Green Bay’s 23-10 win.
With their pivotal second meeting days away — Green Bay leads Chicago by one game in the NFC North standings — Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall reignited the war of words during his press conference on Wednesday.
Marshall said Sunday’s matchup was “personal” and called it “the biggest game” of his career, according to the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Sean Jensen. In Week 2, Marshall caught just two passes for 24 yards after Cutler invited Green Bay to use press coverage against Chicago’s receivers.
Marshall again urged the Packers to play man-to-man against him, suggesting that defensive coordinator Dom Capers, not the cornerbacks, was responsible for shutting him down in their last meeting. The seven-year veteran, who has already established a new career high with 1,342 receiving yards, said that he took the Packers’ trash talk as “a slap in the face,” according to ESPNChicago.com:
“For their players to be over there talking about how awesome of a job they (do) shutting down certain players, I don’t respect that,” said Marshall, who said defensive coordinator Dom Capers is the Packers’ MVP. “With two and three guys on you, on other guys, so coach Capers did an amazing job of game planning us and game planning me. I didn’t beat double and triple coverage or whatever they were throwing at us.
“I take it as a slap in my face when guys talk about my lack of ability to do something against them when they have help all over the place.”