The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are battling for first place in the NFC North. Green Bay currently has a one-game lead in the division, and the two will face off on Sunday afternoon.
The rivalry between the two teams is one of the most heated in the NFL. The Bears and Packers have been going at it for years, and now, it appears that the fans aren’t the only ones involved who dislike the opposing side.
"I don't like the Green Bay Packers,” said Marshall, on Wednesday afternoon.
Marshall met with the media, and stated his true feelings for the team that stands in the way of Chicago winning a division title.
” I'm not going to use the word 'hate,' but I really dislike the Packers and their players," said Marshall. "But you know what? The talk has to back it up. We'll go out there and do everything we have to do to get a win."
The Packers beat the Bears 23-10 in the Week 2 matchup between the two teams. In that game, Marshall said he felt disrespected by defenders Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson. Now, he’s calling the Week 15 game the biggest game of his career.
"I didn't beat double and triple coverage or whatever they were throwing at me,” Marshall continued. “I take it as a slap in my face when guys are talking about my lack of ability to do something against them when they have help all over the place. I'm looking forward to one-on-one coverage. Hopefully, those guys, in a game like this, will go to their coach and say, 'Let me have him. I want Brandon Marshall. I want to stop Brandon Marshall.' Let's see what happens."
Marshall won’t be able to take out his frustrations with Woodson on the field. The Packers safety will miss the game with a broken collarbone.
Even if this wasn’t a rivalry game, the Bears would still need a win on Sunday. Once in a position to get a first-round bye in the playoffs, Chicago is now fighting for a postseason spot. They’ve lost four of their last five games.
At 8-6, the Bears have fallen to the final wild card spot, and sit one game ahead of several teams in the NFC. The Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings are all 7-6.
In his first season with the Bears, Marshall is having a Pro Bowl caliber season. He leads the team with 1,342 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
The Packers limited the Bears passing attack in their previous meeting. Quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked seven times and intercepted four more. Marshal caught just two passes.