The Chicago Bears are a much better team when Matt Forte is getting the ball consistently.
The proof is in the pudding.
Chicago is 6-1 this season in games where Forte receives 20 or more touches.
The other three losses this year have come where Forte was held under the 20 touch mark.
The sixth-year Tulane product is on pace to have his best statistical season since his rookie campaign in 2008.
Although he’s only rushed for over 100 yards once this season (GB-Week Eight, 125), he’s gone over 100 total yards eight times this season including in the win over the Packers on Monday Night Football.
He has 774 rushing yards along with sevens scores on the ground as well as 374 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.
In each of those eight games, six of them wins, he has generated a run of 13 or more yards.
In a Week One win over Cincinnati he did top the 20 touch mark, but his long in that game was only nine yards.
Two weeks ago in a tough loss to Detroit, he once again went over the 20 touch mark, but averaged 1.9 yards per carry with a long run of seven yards.
Forte has gone over the 1,000 total yard mark in each of his six seasons.
He has 1,148 total yards through 10 games this season. His career-best total yards in one season came in 2008 when he had 1,715 yards.
In that season, he had 12 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 4 receiving).
Forte wasn’t used quite enough the past couple of seasons especially in goal-line situations.
He’s a dangerous guy to have in the backfield because he can make plays in the middle of the field as a runner or as a pass-catcher.
He lines up as a receiver often as well. He is only getting better with the impressive talent around.
The big guys Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett all open things up with big catches and big blocks downfield.
Head coach Marc Trestman has looked smart the way he has used Forte this season. But honestly its something that’s pretty obvious.
The Bears will always rely on a solid running game because it opens so many things up in the passing game including play action.
Last week in the classic 23-20 victory of the Ravens, Forte totaled 125 yards,which included a huge 14-yard receiving touchdown to put the Bears ahead late in the fourth quarter.
Forte is averaging 17.5 rushing attempts per game and 4.9 receptions per game. He has 49 receptions this season, his previous high was 63 in 2008.
The rushing attempts are the most since his rookie year and the receptions per game are the most in his career.
From 2001-03, Trestman served as the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. His running back Charlie Garner was a very similar elusive type player to Forte.
Garner caught a career-high 72 passes in 2001 and then shattered his personal best with 91 receptions for 941 yards in 2002.
Clearly the Bears have a ton of other weapons. They don’t need Forte to catch 90 plus passes for this offense to be successful, it already is.
If the Bears are going to make a run deep in the playoffs it’s going to be with a power running game that is led by a solid offensive line and Forte.
The passing game with take care of itself regardless of who is under center. Jay Cutler is out of his walking boot and has a small brace on his left ankle. He is considered week-to-week.
This Bears team has a chance to be special under Marc Trestman. Simply because Trestman knows how to utilize his star players.
Marshall and Jeffery are arguably the best tandem of receivers in the league. Martellus Bennett aka Black Unicorn makes clutch plays basically every week and Forte is just a perfect fit in this offense that averages the third most points per game behind only New Orleans and Denver.
An effective Matt Forte should take the Bears far when it matters most.
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