Brandon Marshall says the Cowboys were bothered by the cold

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/10/2013, 05:49pm

Filling in for quarterback Jay Cutler on ESPN 1000 on Tuesday, receiver Brandon Marshall said he felt good about what would happen against Dallas during the pregame warm-ups when he saw more Bears than Cowboys out in the cold.

“We beat Dallas [Monday] night before the game started,” Marshall said. “There was only handful of Dallas players and I looked around and said, ‘Man, we got these guys.’ The elements were already in their head.”

Monday night’s 8-degree temperature at kickoff was the fourth-coldest to start a Bears game since 1963, when temperatures were first tracked by NFL teams. The wind chill also was 9-below, which also was the fourth coldest since 1963.

“They weren’t there,” Marshall said of the Cowboys during the frigid warmups session. The Bears, of course, won 45-28 behind a dominant offensive performance.

Marshall also said fans were congratulating him for his knock-down block on linebacker Sean Lee. His block, which occurred on a scramble by Josh McCown, definitely resonated in the locker room.

“That was a good block – clean,” receiver Earl Bennett said. “So NFL, don’t fine the guy. That was a great block. One thing we try to do is protect our quarterback at all costs.”