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Week 1 vs. DET
Rushing: 17 / 50 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 151 / 2 on 7 targets
Matt Forte proved that he's not ready to hand over the starting jot to Chester Taylor just yet. Forte finished the game with twice as many touches as Taylor did (24 compared with 12 for Taylor), and led the Bears in receptions and total yards. He also scored the only two TDS of the game for Chicago. On the first, Forte took a designed screen pass deep in their own territory and broke it open for a huge 89 yard gain. On the second, he lined-up offset in the backfield, and broke down the left sideline after the snap. Cutler put the ball in perfect position, and Forte came down with the catch for a TD. His rushing stats were nothing to be excited about, and he was stuffed for no gain as often as he was able to make a few nice medium runs. Ultimately he finished with less than three yards per carry, but was still the primary focus of the rushing and passing attack.
Week 2 vs. DAL
Rushing: 10 / 29 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 37 / 1 on 6 targets
Forte had another solid game in week 2. Mike Martz chose to attack the Cowboys through the air rather then on the ground so Forte had fewer carries then expected again this week. That said, Forte was placed all over the field in the passing game from the slot spot to split end to in-moition out of the backfield. Forte's best catch came on a 3 yard touchdown haul. On the play, Forte lined up as split end to the left side of the line of scrimmage. On the snap, Forte headed to the back left corner of the end zone, hauling in a perfectly thrown fade pass, looking more like a wide receiver then a running back. Forte's runs were fairly pedestrian outside of a 13 yard gain that came off tackle to the right in the third quarter. Otherwise, most of his rushes were for between -2 and 2 yards as the Bears sought to run only as a way to keep the Cowboys' front seven honest.
Week 3 vs. GB
Rushing: 11 / 29 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 14 / 0 on 2 targets
When they did hand the ball off there wasn't a lot of room for Forte and the offensive line was not opening up many holes. Mike Martz didn't call a lot of running plays in the 1st half especially. He was more concerned with trying to stretch the defense out perhaps to create more running lanes in the 2nd half. On the opening drive of the game Forte did have his number called several times but the Bears went away from the running game especially after they fell behind 10-0. Unlike other weeks where Forte has feasted on receptions and receiving touchdowns it was not to be last night. Forte had a good chance to score towards the end of the football game and it would have been in Green Bay's best interest to allow him to score but he was stuffed a couple times near the goal line and Chicago ended up kicking a FG with almost no time remaining. Forte has not run the ball that well in any game so far this season. Probably due to an offensive line that is very suspect and more concerned about keeping Cutler upright for now.
Week 4 vs. NYG
Rushing: 12 / 26 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 7 / 0 on 3 targets
Forte touched the ball a good number of times but was not able to do anything with it. Chicago's offensive line did not do any better blocking for the run than they did for the pass. Forte was met at or behind several times on runs up the middle. His highlights were an 11 yard pickup on a one man screen pass and an 8 yard run to the outside where he showed some speed.
Week 5 vs. CAR
Rushing: 22 / 166 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 22 / 0 on 2 targets
Matt Forte ran with tremendous purpose on Sunday, displaying all of the characteristics that we saw from him in his great 2008 rookie year. When the blocks didn't develop for him between the tackles, he would patiently scan the field with his eyes and identify a running lane, finding it with increased regularity as the game wore on. Forte's first touchdown of the day --- and incidentally the Bears first rushing touchdown as a team --- came on a nice toss to the left side. LB Jon Beason lost his contain and allowed Forte to get outside with no defenders in his vicinity for a go-ahead score. Forte scored a 68 yard touchdown later in the first quarter to put the Bears in control when he spotted S Charles Godfrey out of position and cut back to the open side of the formation where he was supposed to be. Forte turned on the jets and showed surprising acceleration as he hit pay dirt. Forte had a complete performance at the running back position today and reminded us what a talent he truly is.
Week 6 vs. SEA
Rushing: 8 / 11 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 40 / 0 on 7 targets
Forte had a quiet day on the ground, as the Bears quickly
abandoned the running game in favour of the passing game. He had a
strong inside run for a touchdown early in the game, pushing defenders
back into the endzone for an important Chicago score. Forte had some
looks in the passing game after play action or in screens, but he had
too few touches to work with and not many red zone opportunities.
Week 7 vs. WAS
Rushing: 10 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 32 / 0 on 5 targets
Matt Forte is getting the lion's share of the work for the Bears out of the backfield and is finding ways to be productive even when his carries are few and far between. He had 5 receptions on Sunday against the Redskins and even though he did not find the endzone in an effort to add to his 6 total touchdowns, he did have 73 total yards on 15 touches in the loss. Unfortunately, Forte contributed to the Bears' possession woes as he fumbled deep in Washington territory with the Bears trailing by four points. Forte is running with good vision and gaining yards after contact, which was one of his biggest problems in 2009. While Mike Martz still seems to have reservations about utilizing the running back to wear down the defensive front seven, Forte is at least creating positive yardage between the tackles when called upon.
Week 9 vs. BUF
Rushing: 14 / 49 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 12 / 0 on 5 targets
While 49 yards on 14 touches and three receptions for 12 yards might be a decent day for some, many expected Forte to go to town on Buffalo's atrocious (32nd in the league heading into the game) rush defense. Forte also managed to convert a successful two-point conversion on a caught shovel pass. The Bears followed through on their claims about Chester Taylor being the teams goal-line back, with Forte being taken out after a 22-yard scamper (his longest on the day, coincidentally) where he was pushed out at the Buffalo 4-yard line. With touchdowns seemingly now only an option on long, broken runs, it would appear that Forte's value only remains high in PPR leagues thanks to his receiving skills out of the backfield. Hey, the proof was in the pudding heading into the season with past running back performances in Mike Martz offenses.
Week 10 vs. MIN
Rushing: 21 / 69 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
The Bears are a passing team that struggles to run the ball even when they have the lead in games. Forte received a heavy workload on the ground, but was unable to do much with it. The Vikings front 4 never allowed Forte to get momentum and routinely took him down near the line of scrimmage early in running plays. The Vikings maintained solid gap discipline in their defense and Forte could never find much running room, inside our outside. The Bears offensive line seems more suited to pass protection and could never seem to push the Vikings defensive line back far enough.
Week 11 vs. MIA
Rushing: 25 / 97 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 7 / 0 on 2 targets
Did the dirty work on the ground. Forte did not show tremendous speed but he had burst in short space. His best work of the night came in the mid 3rd quarter on a 13 play 7:00 plus drive that featured Forte going 7 for 38 yards and a drive capping touchdown that put the game well out of reach for the night. He even took the last 3 plays in a row and walked into the end zone. Miami knew what was coming and they couldn't stop him. This looked like a complete effort for Forte and one of the best he has had on the season.
Week 12 vs. PHI
Rushing: 14 / 117 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 22 / 0 on 3 targets
Matt Forte rushed for 117 yards against Philadelphia, over half of which came on a first quarter 61-yard run inside the Eagles' 10-yard line after breaking through the middle of the defensive line and turning up the left sideline. Forte looked good as the feature tailback for the Bears, rushing hard and breaking past the first would-be tackler most of the game. Forte did yield a few carries to Chester Taylor, but Taylor did very little in that role --- making Forte's usage in goal line situations more likely going forward. His matchup is excellent next week with Detroit up next in Week 13.
Week 13 vs. DET
Rushing: 13 / 64 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 36 / 0 on 3 targets
The Lions didn't give Forte a lot of running room, but he ran hard and was able to get positive yardage most of the time. Forte also had a very nice run to the left side for a 14 yard TD, showing surprising speed, hitting the corner and outrunning the defenders. Then in the 2nd half, Forte showed off his hands as he caught a pass down the field for a 20 yard gain. Although Taylor ate into his carries a bit, Forte continued to do what he's done all year, and put solid fantasy points on the scoreboard. Forte will never blow you away with impressive speed or athletic ability, but he has very solid natural skills as a running back, seeming to get the most out of each play and showcasing very good vision.
Week 14 vs. NE
Rushing: 9 / 25 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 36 / 0 on 6 targets
As you would imagine, Forte didn't have much of a day with the Bears trailing by such a wide margin. The Pats did a nice job of stuffing Forte in the first quarter though, which kept the Bears from getting early points and got them off the field. In the 2nd half, Forte had one nice gain as he caught a swing pass, and took it 30 yards down the left sideline, which setup the Bears only TD of the game.
Week 15 vs. MIN
Rushing: 17 / 92 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Ran hard All night. He found some yards that weren't really there. Forte is tough to bring down and by far he showcased that on a play towards the end of the game where it looked initially like a 4 yard gain and his legs kept moving and eventually the pile moved another ten yards all the way down to the 4 yard line. But the drive stalled there after Forte was given a couple cracks at it and could not punch the ball in on three straight handoffs. It wasn't a great night for fantasy owners but he managed to get the job done in NFL terms.
Week 16 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 19 / 113 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 56 / 0 on 7 targets
Forte was the first running back this year to top 100 yards against the Jets and he looked very good doing it. He ran with power and the Jets had a tremendous problem bringing him down. Some of that was just poor tackling but it was also because Forte just keeps churning his legs after contact. The offensive line was blocking well on Sunday and that makes a huge difference for the young running back as he has struggled at times when his line has struggled. But this week he was able to take advantage of solid blocking up front to get a head of speed on and at that point it was very hard to stop him.
That power, as well as a fair amount of speed, was on display during his 22 yard touchdown run. Forte took the ball and ran off the right tackle, slipping through a hole the line opened up. The Jets had plenty of defenders in the area, but Forte turned on the afterburners and blew right past them before they could close on him. Once Forte was behind the initial group of defenders, he still had to contend with a pair of Jets players. Forte brushed off one player and then shoved his way past the second. While some of the success of that run was the poor tackling of the Jets, Forte's power and ability to keep fighting past first contact paid dividends on that play as well as many others.
Week 17 vs. GB
Rushing: 15 / 91 / 0
Receiving: 8 / 60 / 0 on 8 targets
Matt Forte was very successful in this game both as a receiver and as a runner. Forte was fed the ball early and often on power running plays where he followed his backside guard as a lead blocker for good yardage. He was very patient as usual and explosive when he needed to be. Forte was an outlet for Cutler when he was under pressure from the Packers various blitz schemes, dumping it off to Forte who made some nice yards after the catch. Forte was quite simply the entire Bears offense in this game.
Week 19 vs. SEA
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 25 / 80 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 54 / 0 on 3 targets
Matt Forte had a typical Matt Forte performance against Seattle. He showed good lower body strength as he broke a lot of arm tackles early on in the game to get the Bears rushing attack off to a good start. Forte did not break off any long gains but fought for the tough yards inside the tackles. He turned a screen pass into a 26 yard gain even though he had to reach back awkwardly to secure the football. Overall, Forte had a solid game for the Bears offense, which even after the first quarter turned to him to chew the clock and pound the rock.
Week 20 vs. GB
Rushing: 17 / 70 / 0
Receiving: 10 / 90 / 0 on 15 targets
Forte was the one Bears offensive play who brought championship-level intensity from start to finish. He broke tackles and got yards after contact on a lot of touches, and he was the Bears leading receiver. His was such the focus of the game plan that he touched the ball on the Bears first four offensive plays, and he accounted for more yards than any other Bear. Forte even recovered a Jay Cutler fumble on a sack, and his three solid gains on Caleb Hanie's first three plays helped settle the young QB and give the Bears a chance to win. He has returned to the ranks of the league's elite RBs.