RB Harvey Unga - Chicago Bears
|6-0, 237||Born: 1-17-1987||College: BYU||Drafted: Round 7|
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Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
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FBG says: Bad matchup. It's been a rough early going for 2016 rookie sensation Jordan Howard. After averaging 5.21 yards per rush last year, he sits at just 2.68 through 2 games, includes a thoroughly invisible Week 2 against Tampa Bay (9 rushes, 7 yards). The shift is definitely puzzling. Howard was no inflated pseudostar in 2016; rather, he was fantastic, forcing gobs of missed tackles and churning out the league's third-most runs of 15+ yards despite a shaky line. But things are certainly different in 2017. Facing stacked boxes - and sharing snaps with explosive rookie Tarik Cohen - Howard has yet to get off the ground. We can expect some degree of improvement going forward, of course, and he'll benefit from the impending return of guard Kyle Long. But it's fair to take note of the fact that Howard was an underwhelming athletic prospect just a year ago, and to expect marked regression from his rookie season.
The Pittsburgh run defense has been stout thus far. They swarmed the Browns' elite front line in Week 1, allowing their running backs just 40 yards on 20 carries. In Week 2, Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook found more room, racking up 5.33 yards per carry, but the only notable breakdown was one 25-yard run. The Steelers are a bit shakier without Stephon Tuitt, whose biceps injury held him out of the Vikings game. Tuitt is a true difference-maker against both the pass and the run, and Tyson Alualu is a relatively weak replacement. Still, the linebackers are solid up the middle, and safety Mike Mitchell remains strong in run support.
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