Week 11 Bears Grades: Running backs

Week 11 Bears Grades: Running backs
November 18, 2013, 8:45 am
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Matt Forte provided a critically-needed 100-yard game (125 in fact), this one making him just the 13th player in NFL history to net 1,100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first six seasons. He averaged 4.6 yards on his 18 carries and caught five of six “targets” on a day when players were more likely to catch a cold than a football.

It was not just the quantity of Forte’s production (carried on seven of the Bears’ eight plays into the wind during the third quarter), but also the quality.

Forte’s second and third efforts on a 14-yard screen pass got him into the end zone and the Bears into the lead at 20-17 with 11 minutes to play, the first time the Bears led in the game. Forte’s 15-yard run on the second play was as close to a “drive” as the offense came during the first quarter and he accounted for 20 yards on a second-quarter run.

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“This was some hard running against a very, very good [Baltimore] front,” said coach Marc Trestman. “Matt is so important to our football team. When things are going well with Matt, we’re probably doing well with the perimeter people as well and throwing the football and doing the other things because it helps us neutralize the pass rush a little bit more with his ability to run the ball. So that was a good thing, and we stuck to it. The weather forced us to do it as well. It turned out to be a good thing.”

The Bears are 1-2 this season when Forte has been held short of 100 total yards.

Michael Bush managed a five-yard run in his three carries, all in the fourth quarter. Fullback Tony Fiammetta was able to deliver several solid lead blocks for the offense and he and Forte were also strong in pass protection against Baltimore’s elite edge rushers.

Moon's Grade: A