Streaking and Slumping: Week 7
October, 25, 2011
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com
Getty Images, AP PhotoRoy Williams and Dane Sanzenbacher have flip-flopped on the Streaking/Slumping list.
1. Matt Forte, RB: The Bears need to sit down Forte and his representatives during the week off and try to strike a deal. The running back has averaged 138.2 yards rushing per game over the last month, and leads the team in rushing and receiving. Forte has tallied more runs of 20-plus yards than any running back in the league and is tied for the most 40-plus yard runs. Forte also ranks third in the NFL in rushing after Week 7.
2. Brian Urlacher, LB: Urlacher isn’t racking up his usually gaudy tackle numbers. In fact, he hasn’t put together a double-digit tackle game since Oct. 2. But tackles aren’t the lone determiner of production. Urlacher has picked off three passes -- including one Sunday against the Buccaneers -- and recovered a fumble. In the first half of this season, Urlacher has already matched his combined interception totals from the previous three seasons.
3. Roy Williams, WR: Let’s not forget the crucial drop in the first half against the Buccaneers. But Williams did manage to score his first touchdown as a Chicago Bear, and also led the team in receiving for the first time this season (four catches, 59 yards). It hasn’t happened as quickly as Bears fans would have liked, but Williams seems to be developing some chemistry with Jay Cutler.
1. Henry Melton, DT: Broke a two-game drought in which he didn’t make a single tackle with one stop against the Buccaneers, but didn’t register any of the team’s quarterback hits. It’s important to note here that Melton isn’t playing badly. The defensive tackle just hasn’t matched performance from the first three games of the season, in which he posted three sacks and nine quarterback pressures.
2. Jay Cutler, QB: After stringing a pair of outings in which he lit up the Lions and Vikings for three touchdowns and no interceptions, Cutler came back down to Earth with a stinker in London. Cutler threw two interceptions and one touchdown, and finished with a passer rating of 60.2 after back-to-back games of ratings of 99.6 or better. Cutler also seems to be reverting to some of the bad habits that he appeared to have eliminated earlier in the season.
3. Dane Sanzenbacher, WR: Anybody heard from him in the last two weeks? Between Weeks 2 and 5, Sanzenbacher had racked up 15 catches and two touchdowns. But over the last two weeks, the rookie has caught three passes for 26 yards. It’s worth pondering whether Sanzenbacher is in the midst of hitting that rookie wall that’s often discussed. But don’t expect the receiver to be here long. He’ll bounce back soon.