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RB Matt Forte - Chicago Bears

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

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Week 16: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Matt Forte averaged 1.2 yards per carry against the Lions on Thanksgiving (three weeks ago), posting 5/6/0 rushing with 6/52/0 receiving during a 17-34 drubbing in Detroit. Kadeem Carey did little better, with 2/8/0 rushing and 1/7/0 receiving to his credit. The Bears' backs were shut down by the Lions' top-ranked rush D. Since that game, Forte has posted 13/26/1 rushing with 8/74/0 receiving vs. Dallas, and 16/78/0 rushing with 2/21/0 receiving vs. New Orleans. He remains a focus of the Bears' offense, though along with the rest of the offense he's struggling of late. The Lions haven't struggled in this phase of the game, they dominate it. Tampa Bay had 14/26/0 rushing vs. Detroit two weeks ago. Minnesota managed 21/76/1 vs. Detroit last week. The Lions live up to their #1 rush D ranking, and then some, friends (currently average 63.8 yards rushing allowed per game, with .5 TDs given up per contest on average). Advantage, Detroit.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs TB 23 89 2 6 5 23 0 0
13 at DET 5 6 0 9 6 52 0 0
14 vs DAL 13 26 1 9 8 74 0 1
15 vs NO 16 78 0 5 2 21 0 0
16 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 5 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 17 * * 5 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 13 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs DET (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman views a short, high-percentage pass play in the same vein as he does a run play. As a result, the Bears' game plan, against the NFL's best rushing defense, was rather troublesome. Obviously when you face a team who has a run defense of the Lions' caliber, you game plan to beat them in other ways. Trestman's idea of a winning game plan was 48 Jay Cutler pass attempts. You know how many rushing attempts Forte had? Five attempts for Forte, eight for the team. Forte gained just six yards on those five carries. While he did add six catches for 52 yards on nine targets, a grand total of five runs plays doesn't seem like enough for the running back who has gained over 10,000 yards in his six-plus year career with the Bears. This trend isn't likely to continue, because Trestman can't justify keeping his job when he's not feeding the best offensive player on his team. When the Bears had that quick two-game win streak before taking the field against Detroit, Forte had a combined 49 carries and 11 receptions. That's how the Bears should be playing football.

2014 Week 14 vs DAL (13 / 26 / 1 rush, 9 / 8 / 74 / 0 rec)

If you were expecting big numbers from Matt Forte against a Dallas run defense that came in allowing an average of 113.1 yards per game, you're probably pretty disappointed. Forte, once again, was stifled by his head coach, Marc Trestman. The Bears' bell-cow back carried the ball only 13 times for 26 yards. Once the Bears got behind in the game, Forte and the run disappeared. Now even though he struggled to rack up yards on the ground, he did catch eight passes for 74 yards. So it wasn't a total failure for Forte lovers. Despite the lack of carries, Forte still will rack up yards one way or the other.

2014 Week 15 vs NO (16 / 78 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte has been the one constant in the Bears offense. For the first time in three weeks, the Bears offense actually featured a running game. Against the Saints, Forte carried it 16 times for 78 yards for an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Sixteen carries for a running back of Forte's caliber still is not enough, but it's a step in the right direction. Too bad there's only two games left on the schedule. Forte will continue to hover around 100 total yards from here on out, even if the Bears don't commit to the run game.


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RB Dynasty - 6, 4, 6, 8
Overall Dynasty - 22, 14, 29

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