Saturday, December 7, 2013
Cowboys have hands full with Matt Forte
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Maybe this is not a good time to point out the Dallas Cowboys could have had running back Matt Forte in the 2008 draft.
Instead they took Felix Jones in the first round and never saw him develop the way they wanted. The Chicago Bears drafted Forte in the second round and all he has done is put up 6,298 rushing yards and 2,770 receiving yards.
“Great football player,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “Just a fantastic football player. They hand it to him. They throw it to him. He’s a guy who makes people miss. Very good instincts for the game. He can catch the ball. He’s good in space. He’s good inside.”
In two games against the Cowboys, Forte has rushed for 81 yards and caught six passes for 34 yards and a touchdown.
The Cowboys are allowing 126.7 yards per game on the ground, which is 27th in the NFL. They have allowed three teams to rush for more than 200 yards and in three of their past four games they have allowed a 100-yard rusher (Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram and Andre Brown).
Forte is one of three backs with 900 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving, joining Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy. The Cowboys played against both already and limited Charles and McCoy to 55 yards rushing apiece.
“He is an extreme challenge,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “He is one of the best all-around backs in the NFL. There is not one area of the game he is not good at. He is a great pass protector, great runner, great out of the backfield catching passes, so it’s going to be a challenge for us to try to stop him.”