Sunday, November 4, 2012
Forte's quality, not quantity important
By Jeff Dickerson
Matt Forte notched his second 100-yard rushing game of the season on Sunday.
NASHVILLE -- A week spent wondering if the Bears are giving the ball enough to Matt Forte actually culminated with the Pro Bowl running back getting fewer touches in the 51-20 blowout win over the Titans than he did the previous week versus the Carolina Panthers.
Six fewer to be exact.
But production, not necessarily touches, is what matters.
And there was no questioning Forte's production in Week 9 as he made the most of his 14 chances to handle the football. Forte went over 100 yards rushing (103) for just the second time on the season on only 12 carries and showed his power on an eight-yard touchdown run up the middle when he dragged much of the Titans' defense with him over the goal line.
"I mean they stopped him at the three-or-four yard line and he pushed his way in there," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. "The guy can do anything, I'm glad he's on our team."
Forte's best play of the game came when he took a screen pass from Cutler in the second quarter and ran 47 yards down the field, making a host of Tennessee's defenders miss in the process. Forte finished the game with 148 all-purpose yards.
"It was a great call because it was second-and-long (2nd-and-14) and they played off a little bit," Forte said. "I got out on the screen and Lance (Louis) made a great block and had a couple other guys running down the field blocking. Then I made the safety miss, so you do that you can get a big play out of it."