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RB Matt Forte - Chicago Bears

6-1, 217Born: 12-10-1985College: TulaneDrafted: Round 2

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): No worries about the Bears running game here, as Forte gashed them repeatedly for long gains. He is on track to deliver on his high first round draft price.

Week 5: at Carolina Panthers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs BUF 17 82 0 9 8 87 0 0
2 at SF 12 21 0 8 5 15 0 0
3 at NYJ 13 33 0 7 6 43 0 0
4 vs GB 23 122 0 6 5 49 0 0
5 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 5 * * *
5 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 17 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs SF (12 / 21 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 15 / 0 rec)

One way to describe Forte's performance on Sunday night is "ugly." It was ugly from the start. The Bears' bell cow back couldn't move the ball to save his life, it seemed. Forte accrued eight yards on eight carries in the first half, but the Bears needed more given the health of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. It wasn't that Forte suddenly had lost a step; the lack of production had to do with the 49ers' decision to sit on the run game, because Marshall and Jeffery both were battling lower-half injuries. The Bears eventually scraped the run in the second half, with Forte only carrying the ball four times for 11 yards, which obviously is an improvement, albeit a very, very small one. Despite having a very forgettable night on the ground, Forte still was a formidable target in the passing game, with five receptions for 15 yards on eight targets. You should forget about Forte's lackluster performance against the 49ers, because once the Bears' receivers are back healthy, the rusher won't be seeing eight-man fronts.

2014 Week 3 vs NYJ (13 / 33 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 43 / 0 rec)

Forte has had a rough two weeks, gaining just 54 yards on 25 carries. After a solid opening week against Buffalo, Forte has gone against two very stout defensive lines (SF, NYJ). Coach Marc Trestman's game plan in both games was to pass, pass, pass. In three weeks, the Bears haven't run the ball more than 35.4 percent of the time in any single game (Week 1: 73.1 percent pass; Week 2: 66.6 percent pass; Week 3: 64.6 percent pass). Perhaps the game plan has something to do with the loss of center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson who are out with injuries. Replacement center Brian De La Puenta has been very solid in Garza's absence. Michael Ola has been filling in for Slauson. While Ola's holding his own in the passing game, he's been a below-average run blocker. Forte would have had at least 30 more yards and a touchdown had Ola made his blocks Monday night against the Jets. Forte will get a few early carries so the Bears can see what the defense is giving them. Trestman appears right now to feel more comfortable with Cutler throwing the ball.

2014 Week 4 vs GB (23 / 122 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Forte had his breakout game of the year on Sunday. The Bears' bell-cow back shredded the Packers' defense for 122 yards on 23 carries. He didn't find the end zone, but he regularly was finding holes and he hit them hard. On three occasions, Forte was one man away from being off to the races only to be brought down by a Packers defender. But we all know close doesn't count -- for much, at least. He also added five catches on six targets for 49 yards. Trestman clearly entered Sunday with the mindset of getting Forte involved. The Bears ran the ball 53.9 percent of the total snaps Sunday, a vast different from the 27 percent in Week 1. Forte was running traps, draws and more traps and draws. The Bears found a formula with Forte that worked and Trestman tried to exploit it to the best of his ability. Forte isn't going to cash in for 171 total yards every week, but he should, in theory, be somewhere in the range of 130-150 all-purpose yards on a weekly basis.


Latest News

Bears | Matt Forte finally shows up (Sun Sep 28, 08:30 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte carried 23 times for a season-high 122 yards and no touchdowns in the Week 4 game against the Green Bay, and he added 49 yards on five receptions. Forte went over 10,000 career total yards from scrimmage in the loss.

Our View: Forte started a bit slow this year, but this offense sets him up for success, including the opportunity for a 171-total yard game in what ended up being a blowout loss. The Packers run defense was also once again exposed as very weak, which bodes well for Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon on Thursday night.
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Bears | Matt Forte still a receiving threat (Sat Sep 27, 03:53 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte recently voiced his displeasure with the Bears' running game. Though Forte has struggled running the ball this year, he still leads all running backs in receptions (19) and is third among running backs in receiving yards (145).

Our View: The Packers can be run on so if the Bears are going to use him, you should see it this week. He has supported his value with his receiving the last two weeks but is performing well below what he was drafted as for most GMs. We see Forte as a RB1 this week but patience is wearing thin.
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Bears | Matt Forte headed for big week? (Fri Sep 26, 09:04 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte has struggled this season, posting just 136 rushing yards on 42 carries through three games, for a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry, and he has yet to visit the end zone on the ground or through the air. However, that could change in Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, a team which ranks 30th in the NFL against the rush, allowing 156.3 yards per game. In two games against the Packers last season, Forte had at least 110 rushing yards in each game, and he averaged 5.1 yards per carry while posting 235 rushing yards and three touchdowns while also hauling in a touchdown reception.

Our View: Fantasy owners are certainly hoping that Forte can get back on track. Each one of the "Big 4" running backs have struggles this year (LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte). Forte is averaging only 14 rushes per game this season, tied for 14th in the NFL. However, Forte’s 19 receptions are five more than any other running back in the league entering Week 4.
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Bears | Matt Forte frustrated with ground game (Fri Sep 26, 12:17 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is frustrated his performance early this season. He currently has a 3.2 yards per carry average and has 54 rushing yards on 25 carries in the last two weeks. 'It is frustrating, especially during the game because it's not because we are not calling runs,' Forte said. 'We are calling runs.'

Our View: Forte should bounce back with the Bears receivers getting healthier and a potentially easier matchup in the trenches against the Packers defense.
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