Bears-Browns grades: Running Backs

Bears-Browns grades: Running Backs
December 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Against a top-10 rushing defense, Matt Forte started strong with 27 first-quarter yards and finished with 127 for the game, his biggest rushing output of the year and third straight game with 100 yards on the ground. He was a major reason why the Bears had the ball nearly 35 minutes.

Forte totaled 44 yards in the first half, added 20 more in the third quarter, then broke runs of 19 and 24 yards in the fourth quarter to fuel the Bears’ comeback.

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“Sometimes it’s like that,” Forte said. “Theuy are a good defense. I think they’re [near] tops in the league in all of the defensive categories.”

Michael Bush’s 40-yard touchdown gallop removed any late-game drama, putting up the final points with just over two minutes to play. Bush may have been as surprised as anyone.

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“I was really thinking we were just looking to kill the clock,” Bush said, laughing. “But when I got through the line, I figured I might as well keep going.”

The Bears finished with 179 rushing yards, their biggest output this season and most since the win at Jacksonville in October 2012.

“We played one of the best run defenses in the league,” coach Marc Trestman said. “This is a team that has been exceptional against the run.”

Moon's Grade: A-