Matt Forte RB CHI 25 Days
Forte had 23 carries for 122 rushing yards and five catches on six targets for 49 receiving yards Sunday against the Packers.
Facing off against one of the worst run defenses in the league, Forte scorched the Packers for his highest rushing total of the season. The Bears relied heavily on the run game, with Forte getting a season-high 23 carries while also seeing backup Ka'Deem Carey grab 14 carries of his own, which he turned into 72 yards. Unfortunately, the Bears' touchdowns were scored through the air, a theme that has persisted through the first four games of the season, which has meant zero touchdowns for Forte so far. Forte is still getting a few looks near the goal line, but he has yet to convert. He'll look to break through in Week 5 against a Panthers defense that is really struggling this season and allowed 127 rushing yards to the Ravens in Week 4.
Matt Forte RB CHI 1 Month
Forte had 33 yards on 13 carries and 43 yards on six receptions in Monday's 27-19 win over the Jets.
Forte had a few nice rushing gains in the fourth quarter, after finding no room to run for most of the game. The Bears wisely focused on their passing attack against a Jets team that has a fearsome defensive line. Though he surprisingly has just 136 rushing yards through three games, Forte should have more luck next week in a matchup with the shaky Green Bay defense. The Chicago offensive line, while unimpressive Monday, figures to be a decent bunch this season. Forte is still playing nearly every offensive snap.
Matt Forte RB CHI 1 Month12 Comments
Forte had 21 yards on 12 carries and 15 yards on five receptions (eight targets) in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the 49ers.
Not only did the Bears play from behind for most of the night, but they only ran 52 offensive plays. Forte's poor performance in a tricky matchup isn't especially concerning, as he was the only Chicago running back to record a touch, after taking 17 of the 18 carries last week. He's playing nearly every snap, and will likely continue to do so in games that are close. On a less positive note, the Bears' next opponent, the Jets, seem to be far better at defending the run than they are at defending the pass. That's true both in terms of early-season results and personnel.
Matt Forte RB CHI 2 Months3 Comments
Forte had 17 carries for 82 rushing yards and eight catches on nine targets for 87 receiving yards Sunday against the Bills.
Forte led the Bears in rushing and receiving yards Sunday, although he had to watch tight end Martellus Bennett and wide receiver Brandon Marshall grab the two touchdowns. Backup running back Ka'Deem Carey had only one carry for four yards, showing once again that Forte remains the clear workhorse back in Chicago.
Matt Forte RB CHI 2 Months
Forte had some moderate success on the ground Friday against the Seahawks, picking up 17 yards on three carries.
After he was held to a mind-boggling minus-7 yards over seven carries in his first two preseason contests, Forte finished with a final line more befitting of his talents. He didn't see any targets in the passing game, but after collecting 594 yards on 74 catches last season, he'll enter 2014 as one of the premier backs in both standard and PPR formats alike.
Matt Forte RB CHI 2 Months
Although he lost two yards on four carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Forte gained 22 yards on three receptions.
Forte is oddly sitting at negative-seven yards through seven carries this preseason, but he should start going in the right direction soon enough. The Bears' offensive line has thus far looked good in pass protection, which was the relative weakness last season. Journeyman Shaun Draughn was the only other running back to get a touch in the first half of Thursday's game, and Chicago's lack of a highly-regarded backup could mean more goal-line carries for Forte.
Matt Forte RB CHI 3 Months
Forte lost five yards on three carries in Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles.
More importantly, Forte didn't get hurt. The Bears return all 11 offensive starters, and while everyone remembers Jay Cutler's groin/ankle issues, the team was remarkably healthy on that side of the ball last season, as all the other starters avoided injuries. That kind of injury luck is unlikely to last another year, but on the flip side, there's likely something to gain from continuity. Even if we accept the likelihood that the Bears will deal with more injuries this season, the offense still figures to be one of the best in the league. Forte gets to work behind a line that does a good job in the running game, while opposing safeties are wary of cheating up toward the box with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall casting intimidating shadows over the field. Forte's talent and team context are both still excellent, and he may see added goal-line carries now that Michael Bush is no longer a Bear.
Matt Forte RB CHI 3 Months1 Comment
Matt Forte has played all 16 games in four of his six NFL seasons.
Forte will turn 29 in December, but durability while taking on massive workloads is part of what makes him a "safe" top-five fantasy pick. A three-down back who excels in Marc Trestman's efficient offense, Forte piled up 74 catches and 289 carries last season while leading all running backs in snaps played. There's little reason to think anything will change this year. Our Evan Silva ranked Forte fourth overall in his July rankings, available at the link below.
Matt Forte RB CHI 10 Months
Matt Forte rushed nine times for 29 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Eagles.
He added four catches for 25 yards. Forte fell out of the gameplan with the Bears playing from behind and wasn't a factor out of the backfield, finishing with just five targets. He was forced to stay in and pass protect in a game where Jay Cutler was sacked seven times. Forte didn't have any goal-line carries, but was tackled for a safety on a run deep in his own end-zone in the third quarter. He'll need to get back on track in a NFC North showdown with the Packers in Week 17.
Matt Forte RB CHI 10 Months
Matt Forte rushed 24 times for 127 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at Cleveland.