Matt Forte runs wild as Bears beat Bucs in London


It’s time to start talking about Matt Forte as an MVP candidate.

Forte, the Bears running back who has contributed a bigger share of his team’s scrimmage yards than any other player in the league, had a huge game again on Sunday in London, rushing for 145 yards as the Bears beat the Buccaneers.

A brilliant 32-yard touchdown run by Forte got the scoring started, and Forte also contributed a 36-yard catch on his way to 183 yards from scrimmage on the day. He does everything the Bears need him to do.

Other than Forte, the story of the game was that the two quarterbacks threw a total of six interceptions, with Chicago’s Jay Cutler having two and Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman chipping in four. Neither team’s passing game could get going.

And that’s why the difference was the running game. The Bucs, already playing without starting running back LeGarrette Blount, also lost his replacement, Earnest Graham, to an ankle injury. Third-stringer Kregg Lumpkin couldn’t get anything going against the Bears’ defense, finishing with just 15 yards on eight carries.

But Forte got everything going for the Bears. He’s the best running back in the league right now.

10 responses to “Matt Forte runs wild as Bears beat Bucs in London

  1. “He’s the best running back in the league right now.”

    You sound awfully certain about that on a day when Arian Foster had over 200 yds from scrimmage.

  2. Blunt, McCoy, Jackson, foster, lorig, zuttah, faine and Graham. All key starters out or hurt early in game!!! We need the bye

  3. lets give Mr. Mike Tice some credit. When he was with the Vikings they consistently had great rushing with numerous RB’s and also made Culpepper look good.

  4. With Detroit being exposed and fading fast the Bears look to make a run, baby! Once Green Bay loses they’ll continue the habit methinks and the Bears will repeat as NFC North champs! I’m liking this! Go Bears!

  5. forte needs to be more constistant before there coudl ever be talks about mvp, he didnt show to a couple of games this year…

    but i do hope he does display he is worth the number that is in his head, and not the number in the bears head, because the offer i heard eraly in the season wa way more then he was worth, but yes, he has accelerated his game, all he needs now is consistency then sure pay the man whats in his head, but im sure thatll double if he does become consistent

  6. deiong,

    Do you actually watch games or just look at stats?

    Forte’s “inconsistency” has nothing to do with his ability to play and everything to do with the offensive line being horrible combined with Martz not giving him enough handoffs. The Green Bay game where he only had 9 carries for 2 yards is a great example of both.

    Put it this way: he has the second most yards of all RBs in the league behind AP. Peterson has 40 more yards but also 22 more carries than him.

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