The best running back in the league, according to Marshall, rushed for 146 yards and one touchdown in the New York Jets' 34-20 win over Washington on Sunday. And he did that on 20 carries after being rested for a good portion of the fourth quarter while the Jets led big.
"Everybody laughed at me," Marshall said of his Ivory declaration from last Wednesday. "There were a couple of guys, I wish I could remember all their names, they laughed at me when I said Ivory is the best. And he is. And he proved it again today.
"Eight-man box, nine-man box ... [Washington] came out and said, we don't care about the wide receivers, we are going to stop the run. And Ivory again put up over 140 yards. He is amazing and he is the best in the league."
Ivory was his usual physical self, but he also showed terrific vision in seeing the open running lanes and where to cut for big chunks of yards. He had a 54-yard run early in the second quarter and was a threat in the passing game with three receptions for 50 yards.
Ivory's 196 yards from scrimmage marked a career high, topping the 175 he had in a game with the Saints in 2010.
Marshall wasn't too shabby himself Sunday. Despite losing a fumble early in the first half, the Jets' physical receiver had seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. Marshall became the first Jets receiver to post four straight 100-yard-receiving games since Don Maynard in 1968.
"Man, people just making up any kind of records," Marshall said. "It's like, 'Hey, he had over 100 yards on turf on Sunday before the sun went down.' Anyone can make up any kind of stats. I am just trying to do my best and prove my worth."
He certainly made up for his fumble with some spectacular catches. He made a one-handed grab with his left hand going across the middle. And his 35-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was not only a terrific adjustment around a defender to an underthrown pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick; Marshall also caught the ball just before it hit the turf.
But Marshall seemed a lot more impressed with Ivory, who has rushed for 312 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games.
Does Ivory agree with Marshall's assessment of him?
"Yeah, I feel like I am one of them, you know?" Ivory said.
What might surprise Marshall is that Ivory doesn't even think this is the best football he has ever played.
"One of the better years," Ivory said of how he's playing. "I can say that, but I don't think it is the best football I've played."