So last week I posted some stuff on Alshon and his how he's become a part of this teams gameplan. W/Cutler out I think we all agree that Forte is now a bigger part of this weeksplan so I figured I'd post some stuff on him. First, I did some # crunching, in total yards for the top 10 rb's(espn is a pain to get combine rush/rec yards and I'm lazy) so there might be some RB's that are left out of the top 10 and shouldn't be, but I don't believe it would effect the top 5, and that's important as you'll see below: Forte 4th in combined yards only behind Charles(1) McCoy(2), and Reggie Bush(3). *note Forte is the only 1 that has had a bye week, and only Bush has had similar touches(approx 150) while Charles and McCoy have had 30-40+ more, not that Forte is going to get in 1 week the 220 some yards to catch them. He's is 5th w/rushing/Rec TD's, behind Charles, Lynch, Gore and Peterson, he's 1 behind the latter 3 and 2 behind Charles. He's 4th in yards per touch(rec+rush) behind McCoy/Bush and Morris, all averaging over 5.2 yards per carry(McCoy/Bush over 5.6). He's 5th in touches, behind Charles, McCoy, Lynch and Gore. He's tied for 2nd, in fumbles, w/1, only Foster has 0 fumbles of the top 10 rb's, and I'll give the edge to McCoy b/c he has 30 more touches, so let's go 3rd for Forte. So right now, you are looking at a RB that is top 5 back in total yards, TD's and ypt and fumbles. Not bad for a guy that's not an elite RB deserving of the contract he got b/c he was going to be to old. Again I know it's b/r but Matt Bowen is now the lead writer there for the NFL, and imo that lends to SOME credibility. Here's what they said about Forte and the Bears ability to run against GB: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...ack-against-the-green?search_query=matt forte 5 Ways the Chicago Bears Can Run the Ball Against the Green Bay Packers BY WILLIAM CAULTON (CONTRIBUTOR) ON OCTOBER 29, 2013 The Jenga tower is wobbling, and in a year where everything is different for theChicago Bears, it’s only fitting that they now turn to Matt Forte, the one constant through it all, to keep the tower from crashing. That seems to be popular narrative, anyway. Let Forte shoulder the load. Feed him the rock. Then feed him again. But consider the Bears' Week 9 opponent, the Green Bay Packers. They’ve got a stout run defense; the 84 yards and 3.7 yards per carry they give up rank fourth and sixth respectively. On the other hand, they’re even worse than the Bears at rushing the passer, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). In turn, they struggle against the pass. So it may be more sensible for the Bears to disregard the Forte narrative entirely. Throw the ball instead. Chuck it down the field and let Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall be the part-human part-falcon they’ve shown they can be. But that notion just doesn’t want to digest. Backup quarterbacks can’t be trusted to keep the Jenga pieces in place for very long. They have a habit of conjuring remarkable performances out of even the worst defenses. Thus, Forte will be called upon, but the Bears should forget the notion that it’s all about getting him touches. After all, 30 touches at a two-yard clip is actually a detriment to an offense. What the Bears need is quality production. What can they do? How can they minimize their no-gains and one-yard losses? How can they find consistent gains on the ground? Well, as it turns out, there are quite a few ways. No. 1: Ditch the 3-wide look with Earl Bennett Wide receiver Earl Bennett gets in the action, on average, 33 plays per game, of which 23 are passing plays. However, he’s targeted less than three times per game. What this means is that he has turned into a non-contributor, a decoy—the odd man out. It’s time for the Bears to start swapping him out more often for someone who can provide a bigger boost to the offense. Two options stand out. First is offensive tackle EbenBritton, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ second-round pick in 2009. Line him up next to right tackle Jordan Mills. It’s the we’re-not-putzing-around version of keeping a tight end or running back in pass protection. As you can see in the GIF, Britton, No. 62, has already shown he can be an effective blocker. The second option is swapping Bennett for backup tight end Dante Rosario. Pro Football Focus rates him as one of the Bears’ best blockers, and since he is serviceable as a pass catcher, it wouldn’t limit the offense as much as Britton’s addition would. In either case, the substitution better equips the Bears to run the ball effectively. No. 2: Pull Kyle Long to the left side and run it wide Rookie offensive guard Kyle Long has received high praise this year, and for good reason. In addition to providing solid pass protection, he is the team’s most effective run blocker. And with rare athleticism for a 300-pounder, he’s shown the mobility to be an effective pulling guard. To play to their strengths, the Bears need to make a concerted effort to run plays where their best two run blockers, Long and left tackle Jermon Bushrod, can lead at the point of attack. Running off tackle with Long pulling is a prime way to do this. The Chicago Bears can maximize their running efficiency by getting Kyle Long and Jermon Bushrod at the center of the attack. Adding backup tight end Dante Rosario's presence strengthens the blocking unit while letting Martellus Bennett act as a slot receiver. There’s an added benefit to running outside the tackles. In Marshall and Jeffery, both giants compared to the cornerbacks who cover them, the Bears have two of the best blocking wide receivers in the game. Getting Forte in space, where he can use his agility and elusiveness is most effective, should be a priority for the Bears. No. 3: Run at Mike Neal Pro Football Focus rates Packers' outside linebacker Mike Neal as the team's worst run stopper. In six out of seven games he’s actually had a negative impact in the run game. That alone is enough to warrant this approach. But the fact that he’s coming off a shoulder injury that limited his action in Week 8 solidifies this as a strong option for the Bears. No. 4: Feature the Alshon Jeffery end-around The Bears want a strong ground game to help out Josh McCown, but their rushing attempts don’t have to come solely from Forte. The wide receiver reverse with Jeffery has proven to be an effective option. Six times this year the Bears have run the play, resulting in gains of 38, -8, 27, 15, 11 and 5. The play is effective in part because it catches the defense off guard. Admittedly, overuse of it would reduce the play’s effectiveness. But they haven’t saturated that market yet, so it should be a weapon they utilize at least twice against the Packers. No. 5: Encourage McCown to run McCown proved against the Washington Redskins that he can make plays with his legs. His runs of 11, 13 and 10 yards were key components of his successful performance. Against the Redskins, though, there was concern that if he went down with an injury, no one on the roster could fill in. Come Sunday, that concern needs to be left at home. For one, the Bears have backups now. But more important, at this juncture of the season, they simply can’t afford to play conservatively. The coaching staff should encourage McCown to tuck and run whenever he has the chance. In general, quarterback scrambles are one of the best risk-to-reward plays in the NFL. They almost always yield positive yardage, and they rarely result in a turnover. If McCown can add 30 yards on the ground, it’ll be a sizeable boost to an offense in need of just that.