In the wake of the Cincinnati win, a stated objective was to get more out of Matt Forte. That was done vs. the Minnesota Vikings as Forte turned 30 touches into 161 yards. The total marked the 13th game in Forte’s career that he has netted more than 150 yards, behind only Walter Payton (45) in franchise history.
Forte caught all 11 passes thrown to him for 70 yards, none for longer than 13 yards, indicating high-percentage efforts that ensured positive plays while giving Forte opportunities for breakout plays. He did have the ball taken away from him at the end of a fourth-quarter run, leading to a field goal.
[More: Vikings DE Jared Allen says 'we blew it']
Forte broke a 24-yard run around the right side on the first possession and finished the first half with 75 rush yards and 31 on five receptions. He finished with 19 carries for 90 yards (4.7 yards per carry) with fullback Tony Fiammetta providing superb lead-blocking.
“He’s one of the better backs in the NFL,” said tight end Martellus Bennett. “There’s a lot of things he can do. He can catch the ball. He runs it well. He just a complete back and he picks up protection when you ask him to block.”
Rest of Week 2 Report Card