RB Tony Fiammetta - Chicago Bears
|6-0, 245||Born: 8-22-1986||College: Syracuse||Drafted: Round 4|
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Week 13: at Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Detroit (7-4) is on a two-game skid coming into this divisional showdown, and are now chasing 8-3 Green Bay for the NFC North title - meanwhile the Bears (5-6) are fighting for their playoff chances and are on a two-game winning streak. Detroit is 4-1 at home and they host the first of two showdowns with Chicago at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day.
Matt Forte remains a force to be reckoned with heading into the final five games of the season - he tore up Tampa Bay for two rushing scores last week with 23/89/2 rushing (and added 5/23/0 receiving), after torching the Vikings for 26/117/0 rushing and 6/58/0 receiving (175 yards from scrimmage) two games back. Forte is a consistent fantasy producer regardless of Jay Cutler's ups-and-downs in the other phase of the game.
The Lions' rush D is still ranked first in the NFL averaging 70.7 yards allowed per game, but they have now coughed up six rushing scores over 11 games after LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots blasted them for 20/90/2 on the ground last Sunday. Arizona had 26/46/0 on the ground two games back - most of the time it is hard to get into the end zone/gain much ground on the Lions in this phase of the game. The New England loss looks like an aberration rather than the start of a trend.
Forte is dangerous in both phases of the game, but he definitely has a tough rushing matchup to deal with in Ford Field on Thanksgiving.
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